2009/02/19

5,000 Years Of Jewelry Goes On Display

CHICAGO (WBBM) - If you can't afford to buy jewelry for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day, you can at least get a glimpse of 5,000 years of jewelry.

The Field Museum is opening a new exhibit today.

"Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry: Exquisite Objects from the Cradle of Civilization" features 130 pieces uncovered by archeologists working in different parts of the Middle East.

Curator Karen Wilson says for the most part, jewelry hasn't changed much in 5,000 years.

Our ancestors, both men and women, wore rings, bracelets, necklaces and in some cases, a kind of girdle of jewelry around their hips.

Her favorites, she says, are the very colorful pieces from the 5,000 year-old city of Kish in Iraq. Whatever else has changed over millennia, she says, jewelry remains consistently desirable.

The exhibit, "Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry", runs through July 5th at the Field Museum.

More information: www.fieldmuseum.org

From: www.wbbm780.com
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