Jewels Non-Precious

Both precious and semi-precious stones have been used since ancient times for decoration and for their reputed mystical properties. Artificial substitutes, often glass, have been used instead of precious stones from at at least the Ancient Egyptian period onwards. Some imitations were accepted, for example when adorning the dead and for children’s jewellery, while others were considered fraudulent and were a great cause for concern, especially in the Middle Ages. The Tudor era saw a fashion for heavily decorated fabrics with stones and beads directly sewed onto clothing.