Ancient jewelry used high karat gold, softer than 18K or 14K and easier to manipulate with crude tools. Beads, crudely cut semi-precious stones and intaglios were often used in combination with gold. Shapes were simple. Animal forms, mythical gods and creatures were popular themes. Pieces also often served a function, such as holding clothing together or pinning hair. Many pieces were also often used for burial rites.
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