The value of Gold in the past

 Image Source: V&A Museum. Collar known as The Shannongrove Gorget, maker unknown, late Bronze Age (probably 800-700 BC), Ireland. Museum no. M.35-1948. © Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Image Source: V&A Museum.
Collar known as The Shannongrove Gorget, maker unknown, late Bronze Age (probably 800-700 BC), Ireland. Museum no. M.35-1948. © Victoria & Albert Museum, London

In the very early days, jewellery was worn as a protection from the dangers of life or as a mark of status or rank. We are talking about way back in time, when materials like gold, metal and silver were very rare and expensive. Only the rich and those who were high in the social status could afford, hence gold was buried with the dead so as to accompany its owner into the afterlife because of its rarity and value.