The third millennium BC in Crete is known as Early Minoan or Prepalatial period. The self-confidence and the high status of the Early Minoans were manifested by their jewellery production. The Minoan pieces of jewellery were made from gold, silver, bronze, lead and copper. Semi-precious and precious stones such as rock-crystal, carnelian, garnet, lapis lazuli, obsidian as well as red, green and yellow jasper were used.
The jewellery of the Minoan civilization represented by Bronze Age artefacts from Crete together with other Minoan visual art forms is not only a proof of extremely high technological skills and creative imagination but also an expression of the love of abundance and the joy of the vibrant nature.