Viking Jewelry Part 1

People always liked the idea of enhancing their looks since the dawn of time using jewelry. In fact, the Vikings loved to wear jewelries not just for adornment but also as currency in trade and other purposes such as to show off their status symbol. Both male and female Vikings even wore jewelries that had cryptic and magical inscriptions for divine help and protection. It’s safe to say that they owned different types of jewelry of all shapes and sizes and made from various materials. While some Viking adornments and ornaments lasted longer than others, there’s no denying that Viking jewelry was used to serve numerous functions regardless of their ranking and status back in the day.

Just like in other cultures, Viking jewelries started from simple designs at first until their pieces became more sophisticated and detailed as time went by. Some of the metallic materials that they used in their jewelries were gold, silver, bronze, iron, resin and amber. They also used several non-metallic materials such as precious stones/rocks and beads among others. However, if a certain ornament was too large for their liking and preference, it would be broken into smaller portions. It was obviously not convenient to carry or use something big no matter how shiny or how powerful these beautiful and intricate objects could be.  

Jewellery was definitely a universal form of adornment worn for different purposes back in the Viking age and if you’re interested to learn more about these precious Norse jewels then keep reading our Viking jewelry blog post. 

Viking Jewelry

The Vikings were pretty talented and creative people that designed and crafted different jewelries. From necklaces, bracelets, pendants to rings and earrings and more!  – there’s a lot of interesting information about Viking jewelry to learn.   

Viking necklaces and neck-rings

Viking necklaces of varying lengths and sizes were commonly made of precious metals, iron wires or even natural fiber. Some necklaces were usually accompanied by pendants made out of glass beads, amber, resin and other precious stones which were given to them as souvenirs and gifts. Other necklace pendants were also designed as religious symbols because of their big faith in Odin the allfather and other gods. 

Aside from necklaces, both genders also used neck-rings made of gold, silver and bronze, but it was not as prevalent and popular. Historians believed that neck-rings were worn by the elite and wealthy Vikings because their society was intensely hierarchical and status-conscious.

Viking pendants

The word pendant is such a broad word when it comes to Viking jewelry that it could represent an Yggdrasil pendant, Valknut pendant or miniature Norse pendant weapons such as arrowheads and spears. Even though there were different pendant shapes and variations in the Viking age, the most recognized one out of the bunch was the mighty Mjolnir or Thor's Hammer pendant. 

Viking beads

Viking beads back in the day were typically made of glass, jet or amber and something that historians and archaeologists held in high esteem because they were so rare and not worn by a lot of Vikings. They believed that these precious ornaments were worn by Vikings with high status to signify their material wealth and affluent life.  Most of the beads that were found in graves actually had one or two beads only and were said to either be worn on its own or complemented by another pendant like Mjolnir.  

That’s it for now. We hate to ruin the fun but this is the end of Part 1 of our Viking Jewelry blog post. Watch out for Part 2 soon!  

References:

https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/a-history-of-jewellery

https://bavipower.com/blogs/bavipower-viking-blog/viking-jewelry-1

https://www.streetdirectory.com/travel_guide/61369/jewelry/the_fascinating_history_of_jewelry.html

https://www.ancient-origins.net/artifacts-other-artifacts/norse-era-jewelry-revealing-intricate-cultural-history-vikings-0010046

 

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