Accessories plural of ac·ces·so·ry (Noun) A thing that can be added to something else in order to make it more useful, versatile, or attractive.
Our adoration of accessories has been around for ever, it seems we’ve always been fascinated by adorning ourselves with precious metals, stones and amulets whether it be to express our wealth, improve our outfit or ward of some evil spirit, disease or wrong doing.
From Egyptian queens, Greek goddesses and roman socialites jewellery has been adorned to enhance an outfit to display ones wealth and standing in society since the recording of history began and far beyond. Not satisfied to adorn themselves only when living Egyptians aristocracy were known for loading the arms, the fingers, the neck, the ears, the brow, and the ankles of their dead with more or less costly ornaments.
The quantity of jewellery buried in tombs was so considerable that even that of a minor king such as the boy King Tut was worthy of a king’s ransom. Much of the funerary jewellery was made merely for show on the day of the funeral, and betrays its purpose by the slightness of the workmanship. The favourite jewels of the deceased person were, nevertheless, frequently buried with him, and the style and finish of these left nothing to be desired.
The earliest known pieces of jewellery made by modern humans are three shell beads dated between niswa 90,000 and 100,000 years old. Two of the ancient beads come from Skhul Cave on the slopes of Mount Carmel in Israel. The other comes from the site of Oued Djebbana in Algeria. The finds, which pre-date other ancient examples by 25,000 years, are described in the US journal Science.
The pea-sized items all have similar holes which would have allowed them to be strung together into a necklace or bracelet, researchers believe.
These early pieces of jewellery symbolise a huge shift in the development of modern humans.
In an article for the BBC Professor Chris Stringer of London’s Natural History Museum states
“The interesting thing about necklaces and this kind of behaviour is that it is symbolic. When we wear items like this, we are sending a message,The message may be that we are powerful, or wealthy, or sexy, that we’re part of a particular group, or to ward off evil. They’re not just decorative; we think they had a social meaning.”
Well things certainly haven’t changed much, after 100,000 years it seems that we aren’t far removed from our ancestors after all!!
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