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Old March 17th, 2017, 09:22 AM   #1
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Viking Jewelry History and Facts

Introduction to Viking Jewelry:

The Vikings while warriors and farmers, still loved their trinkets and jewelry. The Vikings would wear an array of jewelry items, men and women were both fans of the shiny metal objects that would have added some glamour to their world.

The most interesting part of Viking jewelry is perhaps that the Vikings often used it for dual purposes. Silver arm bands and bracelets would be a decorative item, and would also be used for currency. Should a Viking need to purchase something from the market, then they could simply pull a piece of silver off their arm band, and use it to purchase their goods. In this way some Viking jewelry was essentially a wallet or purse. In Viking times, carrying your wealth on your person was a secure way to keep it safe.

Types of Jewelry:

The love of jewelry meant the Vikings created many different forms of jewelry from rings, to armbands and brooches. Some of the jewelry was functional and some for decoration only, but all would be similarly designed with an innate craftsmanship and style.

Viking Jewelry facts:

Both Norse men and women wore jewelry as a sign of their wealth.
Our knowledge of Norse jewelry mainly comes from items discovered in hoards and burial sites.
Jewelry was often used as a form of currency. Vikings wore arm and neck rings, usually made of silver, from which they would hack pieces off to make payment for goods and services. This type of jewelry is referred to as hack silver.
The ancient Vikings rarely wore finger rings or earrings.
Silver was frequently used to make Viking jewelry. Gold was rarely used.
Brooches made out of Bronze and worn by women were the most common jewelry items of the ancient Vikings.

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Old March 28th, 2017, 09:45 PM   #2
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I think most cultures used to be into this sort of thing. Except for those cultures where it was considered best demeanor to appear modest. Republican Romans seem to have been an example of the latter. And the Roman leadership would dress simply to show they were men of the people. I guess the Vikings wanted to show strangers, they were men of substance. That they were worth having around. Doors open then!
An interesting contrast with today. Where we invest in shiny machines, but dress drably compared to a few centuries ago. I noted that in Kubrick's futuristic film 'space oddity'. The machines were very pretty, but the humans were dressing more drably than ever. I suspect intentional on Kubrick's part.
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