Getting Down To Basics with Viking
December 20, 2017
The Truth about Viking Decorative Items
Whenever we flashback on the history of the Vikings, the only things that we remember are the big swords and long and sharp spears that were used in the wars, but we tend to forget the jewelry that they created. The Vikings also made beautiful rings, necklaces, and bracelets as well as other jewelry from the very precious metals like silver and gold. The mixture of these two precious metals made bronze that was used to make brooches which were pieces of jewelry for women during those days. The Vikings also used the pieces of jewelry that they made for other needs other than making the community look beautiful. Here are some facts about these Viking pieces of jewelry that you might not know which are important if you knew.
To being with, these Viking pieces of jewelry were worn by both men and women in the society irrespective of their class. This is because the jewels were used to identify the people in the community and this helped there to be tight security as people knew each other. At the same time, this jewelry were made in unique manner that showed the wealth of the person. Others were used mostly by the women to fasten their clothes so that they can maintain their dignity in the society. The wealthy people in the community wore the very valuable ornaments that showed more respect for them.
Secondly, some of these Viking pieces of jewelry had some symbolic purposes in the community, and a good example was Thor’s hammer that represented their readiness for war. There were other symbolic pieces of jewelry that they made to show that they were determined to face any occasion that comes their way, for example, death or wedding services. Surprising enough, this evidence of these jewels was obtained from the burial and hoard sites. People have gone on to use this evidence to explain how those people used to live during their era which ended some hundreds of years ago.
It was a custom among the Slavic people to wear earring and fingerings, but the Vikings were very principled on their cultures such that they never wore these pieces of jewelry. So they were very familiar with these pieces of jewelry it is just that they did not practice that culture in their society. Some people wore because it was not a restriction from the laws, but many of them did not establish it as the way of life like they did for other pieces of jewelry.
Just as they used the ornaments as identification for wealth, they used them as a form of currency. Silver is a precious metal, and therefore those pieces of jewelry were used to make the transactions possible since they were used for exchange.