Love it or hate it? Bone jewellery has been around for a very long time and is still used extensively for material in jewellery. It is not only tactile, but a cheap component to use. Once hand carved but now machine manufactured. It will be around for years to come. Now ideal to collect the many different bone jewellery pieces still available. It is relatively cheaper to collect than other types at the moment. We have about 14 pieces of bone jewellery available on our website now.
Antique Scottish bone brooch of a thistle – hand carved.
The history of bone jewellery.
One of the earliest materials used by our ancestors was bone to make jewellery. After picking the bones dry, they used Ibex, horse. Carved bone jewellery was used to adoring themselves. Maybe to draw the animals to them when hunting – as obtaining food was a must to survive. No nipping to the local shop to buy groceries then. Or jewellery and clothing accessories were used in ritualistic practices. No one really knows for sure. Certainly, a bone was used in holding clothes together like buttons, clasps and buckles. But it was also fastened into beads and brooches that had no function other than to look good.
It seems to have been also used as a memorial to dead ancestors. Human bone beads were used in certain religion’s prayer beads. Ancient people would have their relatives or loved one’s bones or teeth fashioned into a necklace or headdress. A way to keep their memory alive or to give them that deceased person’s knowledge? Not something we would consider today – or is it. Jewellery can still be made with your loved one’s ashes turned into diamonds or a locket/holder that can contain a small amount of the cremated remains of your husband/wife/mother/father/child, etc.
Bone was used for jewellery making in certain cultures and in certain decades. Ethnic, Egyptian and North American jewellery often used bone. The Victorian era has many examples. Used to make Scottish bone jewellery and also harvest inspired pieces.
Vintage rose brooch by Exquisite – the rose is carved bone circa the 1960s.
Black and white bangle modern – both the black and white segments are of bone. The black is dyed, whilst the white is bleached.
Photographs of bone jewellery necklaces, bracelets & brooches.
Animal bone in jewellery has never really gone out fashion. Nowadays it is dyed and shaped so that you can not tell what it is. A bone of course is used extensively now in our everyday life, as it was our ancestors. The following pieces of jewellery of bone and other materials are some that have been sourced by Jewels.
Black bone segmented bangle – chunky style & modern.
Another bone bracelet bangle – modern.
Wood & bone bangle – modern.
Circular bone pendant necklace – modern.
Bone leaf brooch – Early 20th century.
Mixed media bead necklace – seeds, bone and stone.
North American necklace with bone beads – modern.
Dyed red chunky bone and wood bead necklace – modern.
As usual, we will add to this blog post photographs of the bone jewellery we have sourced. So please bookmark and come back.