Jewellery has many functions and meanings in addition to just being beautiful ornaments. On these pages you will find more information on the various aspects of jewellery in the Middle East.
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Aspects of jewellery
AmuletJewellery plays a very important role in protecting the wearer from evil. Colours, symbols and materials used often carry a deeper meaning.
EconomyJewellery is often regarded as savings account. In many countries it is thought wiser to invest in jewellery than to keep money, which might well lose its value over time.
HistoryThe history of nomadic and traditional jewellery resembles that of archaeology; layer after layer of culture has overlapped and intertwined as the centuries have passed.
StatusOne of jewellery’s most important functions is to reveal the status of the wearer. Jewellery can indicate social status, or the religious group to which the wearer belongs.