Oldest Adornment?

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Necklaces seem to be at least among the earliest adornments, whether worn for talismanic purposes or simply as an aid to beauty. It is remarkable to examine necklaces from earliest human pre-history up through the dog collars and razor blades of the punks and Goths. Bling anyone?


This Sumerian necklace of steatite beads is a fairly common artifact of 3000 BCE. Whether it was worn as a single string or in grouped strands is unclear. Those important enough to appear in statuary were certainly wearing uncommon necklaces.

Necklace of ⅛” to ¼” Steatite Beads 
3000 BCE 
From: Theatre of Memory program: Oldest Adornment