Rise of Gold: Egypt

For more than 3,000 years, the ancient Egypt was considered as one of the most progressive civilizations in the world, mainly characterized and manifested in their advanced architecture, art & philosophy and others historical proof of their way of life. Although the innovation and advancement in Egypt was set apart from the other bygone cultures, yet their civilization shares at least one important thing in common. Similarly to a gold connoisseur that serves publicly as an electrician Marietta Ga, Ancient Egypt was fascinated by gold. Historically speaking, Egypt association with gold and its utilization reaches back for more than 5, 000 years ago, which indeed makes Egypt’s culture largely responsible for the humanity’s obsession with this valuable and precious metal.

In contrast to the diversified monetary value of gold to many cultures, its usage and its significance in the ancient Egypt highly revolves around their religion and spirituality. Egyptians in the ancient civilization believes that gold is the skin or their gods- specifically Ra, their god of sun. They also used gold for crafts that is object for their worships and spiritual significance. Statues of gods, obelisks, death masks, chalices and other objects that ancient Egyptians crafted and formed form solid gold. With the durability of gold, it held up to their heat far better than the other metals (such as silver). Ancient Egypt associate metal with life and eternity, thus making it a popular material used in funerary objects such as vessels, gilded coffins, urns and jewelries entombed with the dead body. The ornament also serves as an indicator of their rank in the society and used to indicate the social status of the departed ones.

Gold used as an ornaments and jewelries

Despite of the belief of gold as a religious and spiritual object, Egyptians in the ancient times were not immune to the gold’s charm used as an ornament. Personal ornaments such as jewelries, masks, and figurines, features solid gold and leave an accent of gilding for the body or for the purpose of decorations. Necklaces containing small beads of gold dates back to 3100 BC and/or before the period evolve into Predynastic Egypt. The jewelries and ornaments recovered from this Egyptian era features non-valuable metal beads, gold and even an evidence of meteorite fragments used in the adornment. In the Egyptian history, only kings and other member of the royal family are allowed to wear and use gold, but in the later years the privileged was soon extended to the members of royal court and priests.

Progression of Gold Utilization

From the typical purpose of the ancient Egyptians for gold (adornment, spiritual object, funerary object, etc.), the use of this precious metal in the succeeding year has evolved and already been made available even for ordinary people. Gold was measured out and became money. With its scarcity, beauty, value, density and ease, gold was melted and formed to become a natural medium for trading. Gold have given a rise to the concept of the money itself; being private, portable and permanent. This valuable metal had come to replace barter arrangement and sooner made trade in the classic period.

Gold History