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The ancient Egyptians highly valued personal adornment, and jewelry was worn by both men and women of all social classes. Statues of kings and gods were adorned with lavish jewels, and the deceased were sent off into the afterlife ornamented in the jewelry of the living. Earrings, bracelets, armbands, collar pieces, rings, and anklets were all common types of adornments worn in ancient Egypt.
In the beginning, silver was the most popular metal. By the Middle Kingdom, gold had taken over first place. Gold was considered blessed by the gods. Some considered it the flesh of the gods because it never tarnished. Gold was used on everything religious from statues to temple art to funeral masks. It was also used to create fabulous jewelry for both the living and the dead. The combination of gold leaf, turquoise, and faience was very popular and more affordable as only a small amount of gold was used.
Add a little extra adornment to your next Ancient History Costume, with this gold studded metal wristband cuff.
At times, jewelry was merely vainglorious ornamentation. More often than not, however, baubles and trinkets were worn to either symbolize the wearer's prestige and eminence, or to act as religious protection against evil spirits, nefarious deities and the fickleness of luck.
Step #1 - Mix one part soap with three parts lukewarm water in a small bowl or glass. Use a gentle soap, since harsher soaps may contain chemicals that will damage your jewelry.
Step #2 - Dip the soft-bristled baby toothbrush into the soap and water solution. Alternatively, you may use a cotton swab.
Step #3 - Tap the brush on the side of the glass or bowl to remove excess solution. Use the least amount of solution possible on your jewelry.
Step #4 - Gently brush the gems, beads, and metal of your jewelry with the brush or swab. Apply light pressure to avoid loosening any glue or enameling.
Step #5 - Rinse your jewelry under lukewarm water. Try to perform this step quickly. Water can damage costume jewelry, so you must not immerse it for long.
Step #6 - Gently blot excess moisture off the piece with a soft, dry cloth.
Step #7 - Lay your jewelry out on a paper towel and finish drying it with a hair dryer. Use the dryer's cool setting, since heat can damage some costume jewelry.
Step #8 - Polish the piece with a soft, dry cloth.