Facts Regarding Viking Jewelries
When you remember the Vikings, all that crosses your minds is the savage with huge swords and long sharp spears without thinking of the jewelry that they made. In their jewelry making processes, the Vikings used some high-value metals like gold and silver to make nice rings, necklaces and bracelets. 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. Therefore I will discuss some truths never known by many people in the current world regarding the Viking pieces of jewelry.
All Vikings wore these pieces of jewelry irrespective of the gender and the social class that one was in. This is because the jewels were used to identify the people in the community and this helped there to be tight security as people knew each other. The same earrings, bracelets, and necklaces were designed in accordance with the wealth that person had in the community. There was need for ladies in the community to represent their society in a better manner, and therefore they were given some jewels that were supposed to hold onto their dresses making them look responsible and therefore commendable. The wealthy people in the community wore the very valuable ornaments that showed more respect for them.
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. There were other symbolic pieces of jewelry that they made to show that they were determined to face any occasion that comes their way, for example, death or wedding services. The most astonishing fact regarding these Viking jewelry is that these proofs were found in burial and hoard sites. People have gone on to use this evidence to explain how those people used to live during their era which ended some hundreds of years ago.
It was a custom among the Slavic people to wear earring and fingerings, but the Vikings were very principled on their cultures such that they never wore these pieces of jewelry. So they were very familiar with these pieces of jewelry it is just that they did not practice that culture in their society. 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.