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The ancient Greeks were fond of jewelry, easy to wear jewelry often complement complex bearing the images of Greek gods Eros, Nike, Artemis, Isis and Aphrodite. Mycenae, the ancient Greek city ruled by King Agamemnon, was the center for jewelry production in the 2nd millennium BC the Mycenaeans created pearl jewelry shape of animals and shells, gold, amethysts, emeralds, pearls, gemstones, agates and other semi-in the evolution of its production of jewelry than 1,400 BC-300 BC.

The Greeks created the cameo, produced using an agate stone streaked with creamy pink, or brown, also called Indian Sardonyx. Since the design of jewelry and techniques become more complex, developed a laurel wreath to be worn like a crown of honor scholars and heroes, sacred laurel leaves represented Apollo, the god of prophecy and intellect. Fashion earrings adorned with Nike, Eros or pigeon became popular figures of the times. Amphora-shaped pendants (the handle two classic vase shape) decorated with enamel or precious stones, hanging from a rosette and crowned with the crown of Isis. Spherical or range of gold chains were used like necklaces with pendants or fruit cups and pins animal heads or dolphins. The Greeks were fond of wearing a crown of gold as ornamental headdresses, elaborately decorated with flowers, acorns, leaves, or images of Eros and Nike. The Greek gold rings set with precious stones or stone seals (which contains an engraving for the stamps used).

After the fall of Greece viscious conquest by Alexander the Great, began the Hellenistic period, dating back 330-27BC. Jewelry from this period was influenced the Far East and Egypt, initiating new fashions, tastes and styles, not just in jewelry design, but the overall aesthetics of life. Gold became dominant in the metal together with precious stones such as amethyst, carnelian, garnet, rock crystal and chalcedony in the government of Greece.

Etruscan jewelry, heavily influenced by Greek culture, produced a large amount of jewelry styles intricate and elaborate that the influence of the Romans. The Etruscans developed granulation (where the gold surface was a soldier with tiny grains of gold to create a delicate pattern) dating from the 7th century BC. At the end of the Etruscan period, as were absorbed by the Roman Empire in the 3rd century BC, the elaborate designs were replaced by the more austere qualities and filigree (fine wire work with gold or silver) was used. The Phoenicians contributed colored balls, and enamel inlays. Rings of this period are a beetle or single set of gemstones in an oval formation located in a bevel etching.

When the Romans came to power the craft of jewelry including many natural resources found in the vast regions of the Mediterranean and European continent. Romans invented the pin that was used mostly for holding clothing together. Gold continues to occupy a prominent place in built hemispheres bracelets, earrings and necklaces were fashionable. Bronze, pearls, bone, glass emeralds and pearls were used to complement the settings of gold. Despite the Rome primitive style of jewelry design taken from Greek and Etruscan established new grounds, like the knot of Hercules (two interlocking loops) with a statue of spell to avoid evil spirits or bad luck was introduced. In 330BC, hoop earrings became fashionable with header elements of animal, the figure of Eros, maenads and blacks. Cameo Portraits rings and gold earrings and snake coiled in the form of bracelets made an appearance at this time. Upper-class women in the Roman times wore extensive amounts Jewelry and men are expected to adorn themselves with a minimum of a gold ring or a stone carved stone sealing wax seal important documents.

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