Traditionally, gold has been seen as a symbol of rank. And, in most of the ancient societies the use of gold and its possession was restricted to only high class society members. From Sumerian graves to Egyptian civilization gold was the symbol of royal class people. Royalty were buried along with imperial gold jewelries and ornaments in Sumerian graves whereas the Pharaohs of the Egypt owned all the gold. Likewise, gold was the means for reinforcing the institution of leadership during the Bronze Age in Western Europe.
There were severe restrictions on wearing imperial gold jewelry in the early Roman era. In those times, even high ranking officials and families were allowed to own only a limited quantity of gold. Likewise, the use of gold was restricted only to Church relics in the early Christian era. People were not allowed to own these imperial gold jewelries at those times. Clement of Alexandria in the late second century AD, however, explains that these rules were exceptional to women who had to adorn themselves in order to please their chaste husbands.
The restriction of use of imperial gold jewelry to wealthier and noble ones in Europe was made possible in the 14th century sumptuary laws. There was provision of rewarding gold chains to those people who have been providing loyal service to royal courts during the Middle Age to till 18th century.
In the Inca Civilization gold was often related to the solar deity ‘Inti’. The supply of gold among the Incas was controlled by their ruler. At those times, the widespread trade of gold was forbidden. However, gold was often distributed by the imperial ruler to those nobles who had demonstrated bravery during the battle or had been loyal to the service. Gold ear flares were worn by wives of distinguished people among the Incas to show their rank. The Asante in Africa controlled the gold resources in Africa from 1700 to 1900. The gold jewelry was only made available to royal families and senior officials. At that time, gold dust was used as currency. Similarly, the Asante king collected tax on gold items and ornaments that were recast each year.
From time immemorial gold has been used as ornament by humans. Due to its high value, most of the people do not bother to know the place of origin of gold. These people merely look at the color of the gold. If it is glittering and yellow then people think it OK to purchase. However, the overlooked fact is there are varieties of gold depending upon the country of origin.
China, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Philippines and Belgium are some of the producers of gold and gold jewelry. Since the value the gold jewelry depends upon the quality of gold used i.e. density and processing quality, the quality of gold produced in countries differ. And, when we are into purchasing gold jewelry we have several options of gold based upon the country of origin.
Of the gold jewelries in market, Italian gold is popular for its quality and fine processing. Italian gold jewelry are usually yellow in color however some jewelers are producing white gold jewelries to add varieties to their production range. Italian gold is known for its standard in producing gold at 18 karats and above. Italian gold jewelries are common in all stores over the world in several designs and styles – from simple chain to intricately designed necklaces.
Gold jewelries of best quality are not cheap. However, they are the good investments as compared to real state. Since you can buy gold jewelries at times when the price is low and sell them in future when the price rises very high. So, if you have ever thought of purchasing gold jewelries then go for Italian gold jewelry.