When was jewelry first made?
Jewelry is one of the oldest man-made objects in the world.
THE ORIGIN OF JEWELRY
A few years ago, jewelry made from sea shells coated with clay was found in eastern Morocco, located in northern Africa. It is believed these items date back 82,000 years! You can read more about this here: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/06/070607-oldest-beads.html. Other discoveries in both the Middle East and across Africa have also uncovered similar jewelry from the same time span, though estimations of exactly how old these items are vary across the scientific world. It wasn’t until only much later that Egyptians, and then western Europe developed jewelry, evidence of which dates back to anywhere from 3,000 – 8,000 BC. In ancient times jewelry was primarily made of shells, bone (tusks, teeth), stone and berries. With the discovery of metals and the process of smelting several thousand years ago, jewelry made of copper and gold became very popular.