Jewellery also played a significant role in Greek society asfar back as 1200 BC. Greek jewellery was rich and reflected the success of Greeksociety. The Greek jewellery style followed their beliefs in the gods andsymbols. The Greeks used materials such as simple stone clay and bones in thedesigns of their jewellery.
At the beginning, their designs were very basicwith the purpose of just being a form of self-expression and decoration butlater these designs became more and more complicated and jewellery then beganto reflect the wealth and power of those with higher status such as rulers. In ancientGreece jewellery was viewed as a symbol of nit just power and social status butalso as a way of warding off evil and as a celebration of the gods. Unlike theEgyptians, it was mainly the women that wore the jewellery in Greek times,whereas in ancient Egypt it was the Egyptian pharaohs that showed off theirpower and status by wearing heavy gold and bright jewellery. Although the Greeksgot many of their techniques for making jewellery from the likes of Egypt, theymanaged to keep their designs very different and unique of style, whichremained unchanged and similar for many centuries that followed. The primarymaterial used in Greek jewellery making was different metals, mostly gold, butalso silver, bronze and lead, as well as various alloys. Carefully craftedrings, necklaces and pendants were the main types of jewellery worn throughoutthe Greek period.
The coming of the Golden Age of Greece was a huge milestonein the making and design of Greek jewellery.1 Atthis time, the culture blossomed and enabled the advancement of jewel makingtechnology. The Greeks could now use moulds and thin gold leafs which enabledthem to manufacture some antique pieces of jewellery that have been kept andare preserved today. These pieces of Greek jewellery have been regarded asmasterpieces. Their designs combined both gemstones with the use of gold. The mostcommon and popular gemstones used were emeralds, amethysts and pearls. 2 Jewellerywas often a very sentimental thing to the Greeks and was the type of item theywould often pass down through generations. Jewellery was also occasionally usedas an offering to the gods as it was seen as being valuable.