Look at the Oldest Pieces of Jewelry

August 11, 2017

Jewelry has been a part of humanity almost as long as humans have been around. It is an expression of imagination and symbolism, and modern scientists have discovered many pieces that help humans to explore their past and understand where they come from. Here is a closer look at some of the oldest pieces of jewelry in the world:

Neanderthal Jewelry

The perception of Neanderthals has changed drastically over the years, and the discovery of cut marks on eagle talons in Croatia was a big contributor to that change. It is believed that the Neanderthals, dating back 135,000 years ago, used these talons as jewelry and ornamental symbols.

Nassarius Beads

Modern humans, also called homo sapiens, used a variety of items to make jewelry, such as the shells, teeth, and nails of animals. Nassarius sea snails have hard shells that were used in beadwork dating back at least 110,000 years. This beadwork jewelry has been found in Israel, Morocco, and in Southern Africa.

Kenyan Ostrich Shells

Ostrich egg shells were also used to make beadwork jewelry. Drilled pieces of shell were found in Kenya at a site called Enkapune Ya Muto, or Twilight Cave. These beads were dated to 40,000 years old, and they show a time when modern humans were experiencing a boom in imagination and expression.

Denisovan Stone Jewelry

A stone bracelet, dated to 40,000 years old, was discovered in a Siberian excavation site. This discovery changed many theories about early humans. For example, the bracelet was made using technology that archaeologists previously thought only modern humans could use. However, it was discovered that the Denisovan people—whom scientists consider cousins to Neanderthals and modern humans—had likely made the bracelet with sophisticated tools of the time.

At Fast Fix Tucson, we may not have the world’s oldest jewelry, but we carry a diverse selection of refined, beautiful, and valuable pieces. We have two locations in Tucson’s most popular malls, so do not hesitate to visit or call us. Our Tucson Mall store can be reached at (520) 696-0403, and our Park Place Mall store at (520) 514-9292.

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