Middle Eastern necklaces have been worn by people all over the world through the years. The jewelry art has indeed influenced many cultures. As a part of tradition, jewelry was always meant to display unique character, represent intense in various artistic images and carry rich cultural accents through expression and plasticity.
The art and language of jewelry is indeed sophisticated and difficult to interpret. Just like many famed ancient language that ruled over certain historical eras, such as Latin, Greek, Persian, Hebrew and Aramaic, the jewelry language and the items themselves have already developed through time in accordance with the customs and laws of history’s development.
Middle Eastern necklaces are products of the stylish evolution from the early Oriental to the Romanian trends which served as the basis for many trend changes in jewelry making. Aside from the gem’s external properties, a jewelry object possess a second internal life that is being triggered by semantic values and perceived in a person’s intuition, mind and a certain degree of aesthetic sense.
Every jewelry artifact is an icon of information. Several apotropeic emblems borrowed from daily epos, myths, or life and utilized in jewelry making carries a special magical meaning.
The popularity of a certain mythological plot line is related to the zeitgeist of any time period since jewelry makers live with it and also tend to be involved with contemporary happenings.
The art that is reflected in many Middle Eastern necklaces currently reflects the events that are happening in the society. The evolution of Middle Eastern necklaces and other jewelry items make it possible for researchers o trace not only the historical roots of the and cultural situation of many ancient civilizations but also the political and social aspects of it.
Art semantics and symbolization is also produced. The ancient jewelry masters used several techniques such as granulation, filigree, inlay and casting. Several jewelry items serve as a good evidence of the advanced and professional skills of the ancient jewelers.
Some of the precious and semi precious gems being used by skillful jewelers from the ancient world include pearls, emeralds, rubies, cornelian stones and garnets.
Middle Eastern necklaces were believed to have started from a verse in Song of Songs stating that ‘the curves of thy hips are like necklace…’. It may be that neck jewelry weren’t as popular. Aside from the standard necklaces, neck jewelry also included torques, beads and pectorals.
Just like any form of jewelry, the functions of these adornments were both practical and magical. Torques was often used in cloaks and protect against combat wounds. Neck adornments such as Middle Eastern necklaces were usually worn by members of the upper society class.
Today, Middle Eastern necklaces are made from pristine gold and silver jewelry from Anatolia, Persia and Phoenicia. It is not only worn by women but is a popular jewelry trend among Middle Eastern men as well. So hype up your ensemble with any Middle Eastern jewelry and look fabulous and edgy wherever you go!