The jewels have always been appreciated by nature as a symbol that represents enormously the beauty and the power in all the epochs of the history and hundreds of diverse cultures. In addition, the energy charge of their stones make these treasures even more desirable
However, the love and admiration professed by the Arab culture for jewels deserves a special focus point, it is a deeper and more striking passion, reaching the point where men and women presume them equally, unlike other areas where only women are the ones who manifest the greatest fascination. This situation changes only in the culture of Islam because in that context men are forbidden to use gold and only acquire these jewels to give to their women.
The design, and the brightness of the Arabic pieces work as a perfect complement that gives those who use beauty and power.
The UAE last year imported more than 500 tons of gold and its demand for the production of Arab jewelery continues to rise, the Italians and Turks dominate this market.
In general terms the Arabs have always been considered very exotic and elegant and without a doubt their jewelry is responsible for this image that can conquer anybody, the value of Arabic jewelry is invaluable and a meaning that does not happen by chance.
The history goes back many years ago when the Egyptian civilizations venerated anyone who used a jewel, at this time in history was attributed great importance to the jewels because they are composed of stones that were considered to possess physical, psychological and even magical that were worthy of admiration.
This tradition has remained throughout history and today Arab jewels continue to have great importance not only for the Arabs but also for many other cultures, the admiration for these pieces are presented in a more different way than it was in A beginning; however, they have always retained particular characteristics such as the brightness and eccentricity generated by gold, silver, and precious stones of striking colors in diadems, bracelets, rings, rings and earrings.
As we mentioned, at the beginning the jewels have been a symbol of beauty, blessings, power and magic, for that reason today we will know one more about the importance of these in ancient times and nowadays.
Since antiquity and even in our days Arabian jewelry has been used as a sign of men’s love for their wives, they gave him sophisticated jewelry in representation of marriage commitments, so that the lady can feel loved enough by her husband.
However, the meaning of this gesture not only has superficial connotations, it is also expected that if the husband dies the jewelry will be sold by the woman and that this money will allow her and her children to sustain themselves. Observing it from that point of view, the jewels also represent a commitment of economic stability for women.
The use of jewelry as a sign of affection and economic sustainability not only happens with wives, but also with children from ancestral times
There is no doubt that this is one of the customs that has been maintained over the years in the history of the Arab world. The Egyptian culture was one of the main precursors of this tradition.
In this epoch the important personalities of the historical context applied in their attire gold, silver, copper and bronze; besides using them as accessories. Both men and women were filled with precious stones to establish the difference they had in the social rank, always preferred gold by this group
These jewels had a costly economic value, as they were mostly pure and real pieces, unlike many synthetic we observe today: precisely because of its high value. is that only the high hierarchy as the pharaohs had the opportunity to possess them and these in turn attributed power and authority
Although these jewels were only available to a social group, there was also the black market that represented for people with fewer opportunities from which they could obtain copies that came from grave robberies.
For the Arabs to use many jewels while being a great representation of wealth, in Dubai men are happy to use many gold rings, with striking exotic colored stones, and like necklaces that undoubtedly attract the attention of those who see them.
We can observe it daily but it is much more constant in important work meetings or in special occasions and celebrations like weddings for example where women also bring out their best pieces.
In antiquity it happened that when a person died and belonged to an upper class of society, they placed inside the tomb a large number of jewels with the faith that they would protect him in the hereafter and allow him to maintain his status and another full life of riches.
For this ritual were used all kinds of jewelry, different colors and styles, it also happened that when a person died and this belonged to the high social class, they introduced into the tomb innumerable amounts of jewelry, of all types and styles, as a symbol of protection.
In antiquity, one of the best known cases is that of the jewels of King Tutankhamun, which are surrounded by much mystery; There is even a possible curse. When this pharaoh died he was buried in a tomb along with his most precious treasures; 143 pieces of jewelry were found amulets, necklaces, anklets, earrings, pectorals, pendants, bracelets and rings.
In our days this is no longer a habit as ingrained as it used to be hundreds of years ago, but for researchers everything that happened in the past in this sense is still a great reason for study and that is why they have managed to extract expensive jewels of tombs of important personalities that today are exhibited in museums as pieces that were part of the history.
The word talisman is derived from the Arabic expressions tillasm and tilasm that are translated into “magical image”, the talismans are attributed portentous virtues. Other etymological versions make it derive from the Greek of “talma” which means “consecrated object”
The jewels have always been used as amulets or protective talismans and to cure ailments and ailments, this happens mainly because they are made from precious stones and crystals that are believed to have magical energetic properties that allow those who use them to obtain a series of benefits “Magical”
However, the Arabs tend to be more intense about it, and they dedicated themselves to building amulets that allowed them to stay away from any bad energy that could mean danger or a bad state of health.
Many years ago the jewels used for protection represented snakes, eyes, beetles, among other symbols that meant protection and the removal of any external or even internal bad influence that could arise.
However, today the shape of the amulets has changed a bit, one of the most conventional that we usually observe in jewelry is the hand of Fatima, which represents blessings, power and strength for the Arab people, is usually created in gold and silver, sometimes it can look red and is used as a pendant and also on the doors of homes as protection to the evil eye, this hand is associated with good luck
Tells the story that the 5 fingers of the jamsa are also called “Hand of Fatima” in honor of the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad who was the founder of Islam, whose hand was burned after he introduced her into a hot broth because of disappointment to see how her husband cheated on her.
Similarly, the Turkish Eye is also a protection amulet that can be observed a lot in jewelry; it is a piece that is believed to protect you from evil eyes, and was based on an ancient belief that comes from the Babylonian Egyptians, the Sumerians and the Hittites that evil comes out through the eyes and you need to take shelter. In addition to being used in jewelry, it is also one of the most common items of decoration in any Turkish home, vehicle, or anyone.
Arab jewelry has always been considered one of the most beautiful and eccentric of all, that is why it is acquired and presumed in many parts of the world and not only by Arab culture; its colors, its designs and of course … its history are essential characteristics that allow it to transcend through the years generating admiration on the part of all.