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Chinese hair style through centuries

Chinese hair style through centuries

Chinese hair style through centuries

People decorated, decorate and will always adorn themselves. Even historical (archaeological) excavations show that in the most distant times people lacked of the desire and effort to create and wear jewelry. And in the vast majority of cultures, jewelry worn by people were not just something nice. The desire of people to create a system of symbols, signs was very high. It’s all helped to distinguish between tribal affiliation, religious customs, marital status, cultural practices of each other.
Chinese culture – one of the oldest cultures, which managed to preserve its history. At all times, these people considered hair care, their symbolic value to be very important. The way they trimmed and combed hair demonstrated the civil or social status, religion or profession. Negligence, untidy hair was considered a sign of illness or depression.
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Chinese Phoenix Crown

Chinese Phoenix Crown

Chinese Phoenix Crown

Mysterious blue material, which decorated the jewellery worn by Chinese beauties – kingfisher feathers. The dazzling heavenly color has not lost its kind to this day, even through the centuries. This material is present in the incredibly beautiful headdress – Chinese Phoenix Crown, known as Fengguan, a masterpiece of the history of jewelry. In ancient China, the dragon marked the Emperor, and Phoenix – the Empress. Chinese Phoenix Crown – a traditional ceremonial headdress of female nobility. The particular importance the phoenix crown reached in the era of the Ming. In the above picture – the ritual headdress Phoenix Crown for the Empress Dowager Xiaojie (Ming Dynasty, Wanli era: 1573-1620). It is currently exhibited in the National Museum in Beijing. The crown was removed from the tomb of Dinlin near Beijing. The crown depicts 12 of dragons and 9 phoenixes. Empress Phoenix Crown was worn only during important events: obtaining the title, visiting Ancestral Temple, reception of ministers.
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Norwegian national costume Bunad

Norwegian national costume Bunad

Beautiful ladies wearing Norwegian national costume Bunad

Norwegian national costume Bunad
When tourists visit Norway, they do not get tired of admiring the beauty of the traditional Norwegian folk costume Bunad, still worn in the “modern”, rather festive life. And if you are lucky and get here on May 17 (National Day in Norway), you will find an unforgettable sight. In particular, along the decorated with national flags cities walk people in national costumes, called Bunad. Noteworthy, the costume is an integral part of life in modern Norway, and almost “obligatory” part of it, or rather its wardrobe.
Traditionally, Bunad – festive clothes in the national style, which existed for centuries, and put on in a very solemn occasions. In fact, over 70% of Norwegians have Bunad. Besides, in recent years dramatically increased the number of men, who buy for themselves a national costume. According to sociologists, it is an expression of a kind of protest against the entry of Norway into the EU. Meanwhile, the total Bunad “wardrobe” in Norway – estimated at more than 30 billion euros, and its value continues to grow.
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Minankary jewellery Art

Minankary jewellery Art. Large ring Pomegranate Tree. Silver, hot cloisonne

Minankary jewellery Art. Large ring Pomegranate Tree. Silver, hot cloisonne

Minankary jewellery Art, known as cloisonne emerged in Georgia when it was the province of the Byzantine Empire, in the VIII century. In the XV century the art was forgotten, but in the early 2000s began the revival of this jewelery art. All these Minankary massive rings, brooches and pendants are handmade in one piece by talented Georgian artists jewelers. Material for creating gorgeous jewelry – hot enamel and silver. Fine works of art, made with good taste and perfect craftsmanship can not leave anyone indifferent.
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Nepalese-Tibetan Fine Jewelry

Amulet box adorned with Durga Mahisasuramardii. Nepal-Tibet. Coral, turquoise

Rare and exquisite amulet box adorned with the image of Durga Mahishasuramardini. Coral, turquoise. Nepalese-Tibetan Fine Jewelry

Nepalese-Tibetan Fine Jewelry
Traditionally, in the Himalayas, Tibet and Nepal, Fine Jewelry has always been rare, a luxury limited and worn by wealthy and powerful. The beautiful jewelry of Nepal, Tibet, and the Himalayas is extraordinarily evocative, with vibrant combinations of gold and silver embellished with turquoise, coral, amber, and pearls. In fact, Nepalese-Tibetan Fine Jewelry showed both the owner’s personal wealth, social and political status. Besides, the lavishly adorned deities in jewellery pieces often reflected the unique and sacred culture. These pieces showed the ideals of the faith, ancient values of Hinduism and Buddhism. Meanwhile, much of the information on this jewellery we have received from Western travelers, Tibetans, archaeological and literary evidence.
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