General Information and Facts About Beautiful Persian Jewelry
The Old Persian Empire occupied what’s now Afghanistan and Iran. It is a territory made up of an array of various types of land typography including deserts, valleys, pastures, and mountains. Archaeologists have discovered jewelry from this empire in an archaeological site in Iran called the Burnt City (B.C). Many of the jewelry dates as far back as the third millennium. However, another archaeological site in northern Afghanistan called Tepe Tillya, a.k.a “The Golden Hill” is a collection of different ancient tombs. However, this site has the distinction of being one of old Persia’s most important archaeological sites. An abundance of artifacts, particularly ancient Persian jewelry, have been observed or discovered there dating back to the 1st century BC. Moreover, it was typical for a person to be buried with their best valued jewels, so the wealthier you were then, the more jewels you will bury with. Furthermore, gold necklaces with bracelets, gemstones, clasps, earrings, pendants, rings, crowns were just some of the 25,000 ornamental artifacts that were discovered at the site.
The Persians, especially women, were known for their love of jewelry. They’d get a special affection for emeralds, diamonds, and other gemstones. Also, because of their religious beliefs, women in ancient Persia didn’t show any skin in public, so they decided or opted to save their favorite jewelry for events that took place at home, like family gatherings.
Although, jewelry and Gemstones have been a part of humankind since before history was written. It began when time started, and man first walked on Earth. Of course, the beautiful Persian jewelry they wore in the old days was not made as people make it today. The ancient people wore beautiful Persian jewelry made of bones, shells, feathers, and colored pebbles.
However, the artisans who crafted the jewelry of this era were well-trained and talented. They were able to produce intricate or daedal yet delicate jewelry without any modern tools. They made everything from bracelets and necklaces to finger rings, hairpins and anklets in both silver and gold.
Moreover, wealthy people often wore gold with carvings of animal heads, mythological creatures, or certain types of plants. For instance, bracelets were made open-ended, rather than incomplete circles, and at each end, you would often or usually find an engraving of the head of either a lion, ram, deer, or snake, goose.
Beautiful Persian Jewelry Headpieces
A tadji or diadem was a type of headpiece worn by Persian women on rare occasions. A woman’s hair was parted and cleave in the middle and pulled back and then tied in a knot at the cervix or nape of the neck. Also, this unique headpiece was worn on top of this particular hairstyle. On occasions that didn’t require such extravagance, a slightly more simplistic headpiece knows as a nim tadji was worn instead. This gold headband was decorated with either pearls or gemstones and diamonds.
Persia’s Great Table Diamond
The “Great Table” diamond was found in what’s now Iran by Jean-Baptiste Tavernier a Frenchman in 1640. This pale diamond is one of Iran’s high prized crown jewels weighing in at approximately 220 carats. It’s a “table-cut” diamond, and it’s virtually flawless. The Fat’hh Ali Shah, the second emperor of Persia, one of many to have had possession of the diamond, had his name carved on one side of this magnificent stone. His name was one of four engraved on the stone alongside with Nisim Shah and Akbar Shah. Since the early 18th century, its whereabouts were no longer known, but it believed that it was cut into various smaller diamonds.