The materials first used as gemstones tended to be ones that were relatively easy to find and easy to work. It is not surprising then that gems such as amber, turquoise, coral, lapis lazuli and malachite were among the first gemstones used by man, since they were soft enough to be worked by available materials such as sand. Amber is without doubt one of the earliest stones to be used in jewelry. It is lightweight, easily drilled, and features an attractive warm colour. It was also found floating in numerous parts of the world in significantly sized pieces.
Examples of early amber work come from the Orient, Morocco, Afghanistan, and of course, the Baltic countries. Used mostly as necklaces, many of the beads are large, hand-shaped spheres or ovals.
Turquoise also has a long history in jewelry. The Egyptians of the earliest dynasties were vary taken with this sky-blue stone, sometimes grinding it into a powder to provide a unique blue eye shadowing.

Personal items of adornment followed our rise from the prehistoric beginnings in Ancient Africa to the modern times when fashion changes put tremendous pressure to the artisan who create countless jewelry designs across the entire world. Here you can find out more about the fascinating History of Jewelry.

Prehistoric times and ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, India and China managed to create foundation for all future jewelry designs that are in use today. Here you can find out how jewelry traveled through millennia’s and some of the most important improvements it received with the arrival of metal age.
Innovations that Ancient Egypt introduced the art if jewel making managed to influence almost entire history of modern fashion. Here you can find out what were their most popular fashion trends.
Development of jewelry in Mesopotamia and Assyria played one of the key roles in the history of this ancient form of expression. Here you can find out more about their civilization, fashionable trends and the way they used various raw materials to create timeless works of art.
The art of jewel making received much attention from Greek artisans over the several thousand years of their civilization. Here you can find out more about their jewelry and the way they managed to retain their unique styles even through the ages.
Influence of Ancient Chinese art and jewelry had very profound effect on the development of many civilizations in Asia. Here you can find out more about most popular jewelry styles and designs that were developed in China
With it’s 5000 year old uninterrupted and continuous development of arts, India represents one of the rare civilizations that managed to build very strong connection between daily life and jewelry. Here you can find out more about interesting history of Indian jewelry and fashion.
The long reach of the Roman Republic and later on, Empire, meant that their jewelry style had numerous influences from many neighboring and conquered civilizations, but in spite of that the Romans managed to forge their own unique style which remnants are still present in modern society.
Use of jewels in European Middle Ages went through several distinct phases, which were greatly influenced by constant wars, famines, plagues, and eventual contact with foreign civilization after the start of the Crusades. Here you can find out how jewelry managed to survive and thrive in these hard times.
End of the European Middle Ages and the arrival of Renaissance enabled the rapid growth and expansion of jewel making that was heavily influenced by distant civilizations and exotic materials which were imported from all four sides of the world.
Romanticism is today remembered as one of the many fashion styles that were introduced to the public during the reign of the English Queen Victoria. Her influence on the world of art represented on of the biggest fashion changes in the history of jewelry.
Between the often somber motifs of later Victorian age and arrival of World War I, modernist movement known as Art Nouveau managed to engulf Europe with its style that focused greatly on natural forms, curved lines and feminist imagery.
The “roaring twenties” are today remembered not only for its music style and innovations brought by the Industrial Revolution, but also for its innovative Art deco style that had a reall big influence on the fashion of the United States and Europe.
Rich and colourful traditions and adaptive nature of Native Americans managed to produce some of the most unique styles of jewelry that can be found today. Here you can find out how their culture viewed jewelry and incorporated much of their history into designs of decorative items.