The first signs of jewelry being made and worn dates to over 100,000 thousand years ago, basically the dawn of time. People of all cultures wore jewelry that signified their status, social or official rank, religious or political affiliation and of course for personal adornment.
Even as far as Stone Age, our ancestors found a way to create many types of jewelry made from materials such as stones, feathers, leather, bones, wood, shells, minerals and later precious metals and gemstones.
The ability to forge bronze and copper some 7 thousand years ago into many shapes finally enabled the creation of highly detailed jewelry that carried designs of animals etc., something that could never be done before. Also, the arrival of gold a few thousand years later introduced even more varied designs, and the Egyptians quickly used the softness of gold to create some timeless pieces of jewelry that were saved to this day in deeply buried Pharaoh burial chambers.
The piece above is from the tomb of Tut-ankh-amun (Tutankhamun). A scarab of lapis lazuli with falcon wings, supporting a red disk of the new-born sun.
Many years later, in around 4500 BC, during the rise of technology in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia we started seeing jewelry that resembles what still use today.
These innovations that were introduced by Egyptian and Mesopotamian metalworkers soon spread across the world, and many other civilizations improved upon their foundations. In the far east, metalworkers of resource-rich India started producing incredible jewelry designs made from precious metals and gems over 5000 years ago, which later influenced the spreading of jewelry in China around 2000 years ago, and the rest is history...