Every woman knows that an outfit is never complete without the perfect jewelry. It is a staple in every grown woman’s collection. But we have never considered that these tiny pieces of gems and stones hold so many stories in them. Gold headdresses and necklaces have defined the Egyptians. Colorful and unique pieces are distinctive of Native Americans. But, little did we know that it will only take three shell beads to fully define the history of jewelry.

The Prior Oldest Jewelry Ever Found
Scientists and scholars have previously theorized that jewelry was first developed by humans 40,000 years ago in Europe. It was also that time when the first art pieces, weapons and tools were made, based on dating that the scientists have done. But back in 2004, that theory was challenged by a finding made in the Middle East. Known as the Blombos Cave beads, they were dated to be around 75,000 years old. This signified that humans 75,000 years ago were already had a long lasting bead-working tradition.

A More Recent Older Jewelry Find
But a more recent discovery broke the record. In 2006, two shell beads were found in Israel. They were nothing special. You wouldn’t expect Beyonce to go gaga over these beads. They were just simple seashells punctured with a hole that can be threaded together to form a bracelet or a necklace.

Another bead was also found in Algeria. It was also from the same species of mollusc with the same holes.  Once the scientists dated the beads though they could believe their find.  The beads were 100,000 years old. A HUNDRED THOUSAND! It clearly changed the history of jewelry that we know. The rules had changed.

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