The history of jewelry’s importance to society as we have come to know it can be traced back to developments in primarily three major ancient civilizations: Egypt, India and China. To begin with, both Mesopotamia and Egypt first broke new ground in the practices of glass manufacturing, metallurgy and gem collecting. Their jewelry production traditions extend over thousands upon thousands of years, affecting the landscape of similar processes and fashion trends with their unique styles several thousand years later - especially those of European civilizations.
Over time, India also nurtured such a close connection to jewelry that it was eventually intertwined with their culture, religion and day-to-day life. Notably the first civilization to have mastered the art of gathering and processing gold, India honed the fine art of jewelry production long before anyone in their region - making them among the most sought-after destinations for trading and eventually becoming a driving force in the expansion of Europe during the Age of Discovery.
China similarly become a key force in the developing of the arts, their influence slowly spreading across Asia their notably unique approach. Chinese styles differed from those in Egypt and India in that they depicted scenes of nature, animals and dragons - images that have remained in popularity since their inception, even today.