Facts about Viking Jewelry
Whenever we flashback on the history of the Vikings, the only things that we remember are the big swords and long and sharp spears that were used in the wars, but we tend to forget the jewelry that they created. The Vikings also made beautiful rings, necklaces, and bracelets as well as other jewelry from the very precious metals like silver and gold. At times, the Vikings combined silver and gold to make bronze which was now modified to make brooches mostly used by women in the society. The Vikings also used the pieces of jewelry that they made for other needs other than making the community look beautiful. The article herein highlights some of the facts associated with Viking pieces of jewelry, and maybe they are still in use today.
All Vikings wore these pieces of jewelry irrespective of the gender and the social class that one was in. This is because the jewels were used to identify the people in the community and this helped there to be tight security as people knew each other. Wealth was identified in these pieces of jewelry as the wealthiest had unique but similar features. There was need for ladies in the community to represent their society in a better manner, and therefore they were given some jewels that were supposed to hold onto their dresses making them look responsible and therefore commendable. The rich were shown respect from every corner of the community because of the jewelry that they had on their bodies.
There were those pieces of jewelry that were specifically made to symbolize some of the beliefs of the society, like Thor’s hammer that stands for the community’s preparedness for war. Other ornaments were made to symbolize different occurrences in the community like the death and celebrations of wedding. It is worrying to reveal the truth about Viking pieces of jewelry that they were found in the cemeteries. The Vikings lived for so many years ago, and therefore the existing evidence can be used to imagine how their lives were during those days.
The Vikings were unique people because they never did something that was not in their culture, that is they did not wear earrings or fingerings even though they used to meet the Slavic people who used to wear. So they were very familiar with these pieces of jewelry it is just that they did not practice that culture in their society. Funny enough there were no rules to prevent the people from wearing these two pieces of jewelry since some who were interested were allowed to.
Just as they used the ornaments as identification for wealth, they used them as a form of currency. Silver is a precious metal, and therefore those pieces of jewelry were used to make the transactions possible since they were used for exchange.