These gold bracelets from the Fatimid Dynasty in Egypt show the importance of jewelry as a gift item signaling intimacy, even 1,000 years ago. Paired bracelets such as these were a frequent part of a bride’s dowry. Pair of Bracelets Syria or Egypt, 11th century Gold, fabricated from sheet, decorated with wire, granulation, and repoussé Museum of Islamic Art, Doha Photo courtesy Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

These gold bracelets from the Fatimid Dynasty in Egypt show the importance of jewelry as a gift item signaling intimacy, even 1,000 years ago. Paired bracelets such as these were a frequent part of a bride’s dowry. Pair of Bracelets Syria or Egypt, 11th century Gold, fabricated from sheet, decorated with wire, granulation, and repoussé Museum of Islamic Art, Doha Photo courtesy Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

Orecchini etruschi in filigrana d'oro (sembrerebbero bracciali se non fosse per il D=4cm). Probabilmente da Vetulonia, VII sec. a.C. Royal-athena galleries - New York

Orecchini etruschi in filigrana d'oro (sembrerebbero bracciali se non fosse per il D=4cm). Probabilmente da Vetulonia, VII sec. a.C. Royal-athena galleries - New York

naturalesmentes: Alexander Calder.

naturalesmentes: Alexander Calder.

Tut Exhibit - King Tutankhamun Exhibit, Collection: Jewelry - Gold Bangle with Openwork Scarab Encrusted with Lapis Lazuli representing King Tutankhamun

Tut Exhibit - King Tutankhamun Exhibit, Collection: Jewelry - Gold Bangle with Openwork Scarab Encrusted with Lapis Lazuli representing King Tutankhamun

Cleopatra's underwater palace, Egypt

Cleopatra's underwater palace, Egypt

Egypt-Gold-Bracelet- Pharaoh,Psusennes-1 ruler of the 21st dynasty 1036-989 BCE

Egypt-Gold-Bracelet- Pharaoh,Psusennes-1 ruler of the 21st dynasty 1036-989 BCE

Egyptian? Greek? Hellenistic? Tillia Tepe, Afghanistan, ca. 1st century AD.

Egyptian? Greek? Hellenistic? Tillia Tepe, Afghanistan, ca. 1st century AD.

Die Potence (Wappenkette) für den Herold des Ordens vom Goldenen Vlies

Die Potence (Wappenkette) für den Herold des Ordens vom Goldenen Vlies

Gold ring, the beaded hoop terminating at globules at the shoulders, supporting the round flat bezel with beaded border enclosing a cloisonné pattern of three trefoils on a dark blue ground. German, 9-11th centuries A.D.

Gold ring, the beaded hoop terminating at globules at the shoulders, supporting the round flat bezel with beaded border enclosing a cloisonné pattern of three trefoils on a dark blue ground. German, 9-11th centuries A.D.

a gold necklace excavated from the Scythian burial mound Arzhan-2 at the national museum in the city of Kyzyl.

a gold necklace excavated from the Scythian burial mound Arzhan-2 at the national museum in the city of Kyzyl.

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