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Facts about Viking Jewelry

The Vikings made so many beautiful pieces of jewelry but many people rarely think of them because they only concentrate on the items they used for the wars and those were large swords and spears. The Vikings also made beautiful rings, necklaces, and bracelets as well as other jewelry from the very precious metals like silver and gold. The women benefited a great deal in the community as the alloy of these two metals called bronze was used to make a jewelry called brooches that they used to cover themselves. Apart from the aspect of beauty, the pieces of jewelry were used for other important uses in the society. Here are some facts about these Viking pieces of jewelry that you might not know which are important if you knew.

The pieces of jewelry were meant for all the people whether a man or a woman and without discrimination of one’s social standards. The purpose of having this jewelry for all the people was to identify all the members of the people and easily spot a foreigner. Wealth was identified in these pieces of jewelry as the wealthiest had unique but similar features. Women were supposed to portray a very good image of her family, and therefore they were supposed to have some of these jewels to fasten their dresses to look good and respectable. It was simple to spot a rich person in the society to show them respects as they had unique pieces of jewelry.

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. The Vikings had developed so many other symbolic ornaments that were used on specific occasions where their needs were found relevant. The most astonishing fact regarding these Viking jewelry is that these proofs were found in burial and hoard sites. Since this is a generation that is currently extinct, archeologists have explored this evidence to render a good explanation about the lives of these people.

Also the Vikings never wore the earrings or the fingerings, and this was not because they did not know these pieces of jewelry existed since they used to see them when they met the Slavic people. They were aware that earrings and fingerings existed, but they were never bothered to wear them. Even though the society did not wear these pieces of jewelry, those who wanted to wear could not be victimized.

Just as they used the ornaments as identification for wealth, they used them as a form of currency. Therefore when people visited the market, they could use these ornaments to pay for the goods and services as they were made of silver.

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