In Egypt their love of gold and many wore gold all over their body. They would wear gold bracelets, necklaces, pendants, and earrings. Bracelets around the wrists and neck were believed to offer protection and as a show of status, power, and wealth. Jewellery also signified to the Gods the status of the wearer so that their position would be known into the afterlife. The Egyptians believed the more jewellery you were buried with, the better prepared you would be for a the afterlife.
During the middle ages, men wore ring and necklaces. Jewellery became a way of separating the upper classes from the lower class. Napoleon also influenced men's jewellery with the more outrageous and flashy jewellery quickly became a popular accent to men's attire. Some also believed that some stones and jewels held mystical powers and were wielded by seers and magicians.. Due to his influence many of the royal families began to have older pieces reset into more ornate settings, sparking the rage of reinventing jewellery in new ways.