The earliest finding of jewellery was dated around 25,000 years ago.
This simple necklace made of fish bones was found in a cave in Monaco.
When did humans start wearing jewellery?
Wearing Jewelry Dates Back to the Cro-Magnons
While beads have been around for over 100,000 years, they were mainly used as currency. The actual wearing of jewellery is believed to have started with the Cro-Magnons, the ancestors of Homo sapiens.
What is the oldest jewellery in the world?
Perforated shell beads
The oldest known example of decorative jewellery are a group of 33 perforated shell beads, which were created and worn at least 142,000 years ago during the Early Middle Stone Age. The shells were excavated between 2014 and 2018 from the Bizmoune Cave near Essaouira in Morocco.
What was jewellery originally worn for?
Jewellery is a universal form of adornment. Jewellery made from shells, stone and bones survives from prehistoric times. It is likely that from an early date it was worn as a protection from the dangers of life or as a mark of status or rank.