Getting personalised is not new!

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“the Flying of the heron”

Personalised items existed since ancient Egypt and Greece before 6th centhury B.C.  with signet rings and engraved precious and semi-precious stones. Scarabs mostly in Egypt and deitys in Greece, like Aphrodite the godess of beauty.

“KLEITAIDWRON” :present for Kleitai

What is worth to be mentioned is a great artist called “Dexamenus from Chios Island”  who had signed a small group of rings and engraved stones thaτ depicted portraits of men that seemed to be personalised or they refered in a certain type of people. “Dexamenus From Chios” also created  a masterpiece ring that depicted “the flying of the heron”. He troubled a lot the historics for the evolution of greek portraits in the classic hellenistic era. Artists were specialized for the stone engraving and similar rings are spoted in Phoenicia, Egypt and Cyprus.

Signet rings were usually given to women and had the word “present” engraved on them. “KLEITAI-DWRON” is translated as “Present for Kleitai” found in Derveni- Thessaloniki aged at late 4th century B.C.

Later in the 2nd century B.C. new artificial engraved stones were created with enamel that gave the opportunity to add different colourings. Of course In the Byzantium personalised jewelry were evolved and were widely used on wedding rings, signets, or depicted emperor portraits, orthodox saints and religious sayings. Also the people of the Byzantium wanted to express themselves through the art of slogans that were written on walls and other personal items like a hair comb.

 

Golden engraved vyzantine wedding ring 4th-5th century.   Εngraving: UNITY

 

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