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The Greeks, 900 - 300 BC > The History of European Style > The Greeks, 900 - 300 BC  |  Print  |  E-mail a friend
Most Greek Jewellery preserved in museums today is of gold. However both silver and bronze Jewellery were probably even more common. Organic materials, such as ivory, bone and amber, were also frequently employed, as well as semi-precious stones, such as cornelian, garnet and emerald.

Rock crystal and glass were used as protective covers or in their own right. Besides adornment and the function much Greek Jewellery should be understood especially with relation to iconography and its relationship to sculpture and drawings. The Greeks for example loved Jewellery formed as figures with symbolic reference to Greek myths.
Even terracotta – fired clay – was formed as tiny figures and then gilded. These were often made for the tomb.

A Creco-Roman Necklace and earrings with stones in jasper and jade and chain in gilded silver. From about 400 BC.

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Jasper can be found in several colors. Many medicinal values were attributed to jasper. For instance it was believed that this stone, if worn around the neck, had powers to strengthen the stomach. The word jasper in Greek means "spotted stone".


Illustration: The goddess Hestia

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