4000 BCGold is first known to be used in parts of Central and Eastern Europe.3000 BCThe Egyptians master the arts of beating gold into leaf and alloying gold with other metals to achieve variations in hardness and color. They also develop the ability to cast gold, using the lost-wax technique still used in todays jewelry industry.The Sumer civilization of southern Iraq uses gold to create a wide range of jewelry, often using sophisticated and varied styles still worn today.2500 BCGold jewelry is buried in the Tomb of Djer, the king of the first Egyptian dynasty, at Abydos, Egypt.1500 BCThe immense, gold-bearing regions of Nubia make Egypt a wealthy nation, as gold becomes the recognized standard medium of exchange for international trade.The Shekel, a coin originally weighing 11.3 grams of gold, is used as a standard unit of measure throughout the Middle East. The coin contained a naturally occurring alloy called electrum, which was approximately two-thirds gold and one-third silver.
Romania is a European country rich in history, culture, and social diversity. It is only natural that their furniture would reflect the unique and subtle aspects of this enchanting country’s personality. Considering Romania’s position geographically within Eastern Europe, it is no surprise that such high quality furniture would originate from here. Much of the land of this region is densely populated by “strong wood” timber. Strong wood timber refers to any type of tree which produces wood sturdy enough to be ideal for use as furniture. Romania’s countryside contains so much of this strong timber, in fact, they have no recorded experience of suffering shortages. Continue reading