An old necklace — an amulet and fashion jewellery
Women’s jewellery is one of the brightest elements of traditional culture. They performed the important symbolic functions of marking the family and social status and reflected the aesthetic ideals of the people; they were endowed with magical properties of amulets. In the late Stone Age, jewellery pieces were made of bones, animal teeth and fangs and all kinds of sea shells; they were intended to give its owner the strength and dexterity of the animal and to protect from possible attacks and troubles. It was believed that the shape determined the magical power of the jewellery. The symbolic objects, for example, fruit jewellery ensured their owner the patronage of the sun as a source of life or a link with the forces of fertility. This fusion with the forces of the Universe through magic was supposed to protect a person from any threatening phenomena or actions. Superstitions were very strong among nomads for a long time, and therefore, jewellery has been often worn as a talisman till our days. A positive perception of the magical meaning and articles contributed to their aesthetic comprehension and transformation into a decorative plane.