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Viking beard jewelry and Viking hair jewelry

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Viking beard jewelry and Viking hair jewelry

The Vikings were known for being particularly well-groomed, and their facial hair was no exception. They adorned their beards with various decorations such as jewelry, beads and other ornamental items. These items served both practical and aesthetic purposes - from grooming the beard to showing wealth or rank in society. Viking hair beads were also a popular form of personal jewelry during the Viking Age. These beads were often found during archaeological excavations of Viking sites and can tell us a lot about the people who once inhabited them. The presence of certain styles and materials suggests a person's social status, wealth, religion, or profession. They also reveal how they interacted with other people.

What might Viking beard jewelry look like and who wore them?

For the Vikings, for example, beard beads were primarily a practical item to keep their beards in check. The beads, which were usually made of metal, helped keep the hair in place while providing additional protection against chafing or insect bites. However, the decorative aspect of these items was equally important - they became symbols of status, wealth and masculinity. For example, a wealthy Viking might own expensive metal beads made of gold or silver, which he imported from distant lands.
One of the most popular forms of Viking beard jewelry was the beard ring. It was made of bronze, silver or gold.

The beard rings served a practical purpose: they held the beard in place against the wind and at the same time gave it an aesthetic appeal. Vikings also decorated their beards with beads and other ornamental objects made of glass, bone, wood, and amber. The beads were sometimes combined into larger pieces of jewelry. These pieces were often intricately designed with geometric patterns or figures representing gods or other Norse symbols. This is because, in addition to the practical and decorative aspects of beard beads, they also had a symbolic value for many Vikings.

What did Viking hair ornaments look like and what was their significance?

In Scandinavia hair beads were first made of iron and copper, which was alloyed with other metals such as tin and zinc to obtain different colors. They could be plain or decorated with intricate patterns or even stones. Some of the more ornate pieces were perhaps only as expensive as the jewelry made of precious metals.

Viking hair beads were not only jewelry, but also had symbolic meaning that could change depending on the size, shape, and material used. For example, a large round bead stood for protection or fertility, while a small bead was for good luck or success. Other shapes such as crosses and runes were used to symbolize certain meanings, such as courage or wisdom.

What Viking beard jewelry and Viking hair jewelry we offer?

- Viking beads made of zamac, bronze or silver plated
- Beard beads with patterns
- Hair spirals
- Beard beads in animal shapes

Who still wears Viking beard jewelry and Viking hair jewelry today?

Beard jewelry and hair ornaments were an important part of Viking culture and are still popular today. Many modern people still wear beard rings and other jewelry in their face and hair to express their own individuality, to add a bit of elegance to everyday life or even to honor their heritage. The next outfit for carnival, the medieval market or a larp event can be completed this way. Since its revival in modern times, the jewelry enjoys increasing popularity and can be found in many countries around the world.

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