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MESOPOTAMIA

Called the ‘cradle of civilisation’, the ancient lands of Mesopotamia have certainly been the cradle of fine workmanship when it comes to jewelry. Scholars and jewelry makers today look to Sumerian work in Mesopotamian jewelry as the progenitor of modern jewelry.

Mesopotamians adorned their statues and idols with jewelry to further clarify it as a spiritual and/or magical tool. Mesopotamians pioneered also in astrology and astronomy, and they worshiped the planets, which they believed controlled their fates as individuals, as well as groups. They paired each planet with its own unique gemstone, therefore inspiring the idea of birthstone jewelry.

The jewelry is handcrafted in small jewelry workshops in Istanbul.

MESOPOTAMIA

Called the ‘cradle of civilisation’, the ancient lands of Mesopotamia have certainly been the cradle of fine workmanship when it comes to jewelry. Scholars and jewelry makers today look to Sumerian work in Mesopotamian jewelry as the progenitor of modern jewelry.

Around 2500BC the Sumerian city of Ur had grown into a civilisation with a rich court life. The rulers of this city were buried in full ornate, even servants and soldiers were interred with the royal deceased. The practice of being buried with jewelry was a person’s attempt to go to the afterlife bearing gifts to the gods. It is from these royal graves that we are able to get a firm understanding of the sorts of jewelry and their use. Mesopotamians adorned their statues and idols with jewelry to further clarify it as a spiritual and/or magical tool.

Mesopotamians pioneered astrology and astronomy, and they worshiped the planets, which they believed controlled their fates as individuals, as well as groups. They paired each planet with its own unique gemstone, therefore inspiring the idea of birthstone jewelry.

The jewelry is handcrafted in small jewelry workshops in Istanbul.