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contributed by Ronna Fleischman The Chinese are one of the earliest cultures to begin making jewelry, around 5,000 years ago. Chinese jewelry was inspired by religion, often featuring Buddhist symbols.  Jewelry was worn frequently by both men and women to show their nobility and wealth, and in later years, to accentuate beauty. Women wore highly detailed gold and silver headdresses and other items, while men wore decorative hat buttons to show their rank, and silver or gold rings. Women also wore bands of gold on their foreheads. This was an early type of tiara, often decorated with precious gems. The most common jewelry worn in China was earrings, worn by both men and women. Amulets with a Chinese symbol or dragon were also common. Dragons, Chinese symbols, and phoenixes are frequently found on Chinese jewelry designs. Most Chinese graves uncovered by archaeologists were found to contain decorative jewelry. Read More 

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