Since 5,000 BC — or even earlier — human beings have used seals to authenticate themselves.
Seals were invented in Mesopotamia, an ancient region located in the eastern Mediterranean, near today’s Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey.
Originally, seals were made with cylindrical limestone, and were finely carved or engraved on their sides.
To make ink impressions, they rolled the seals, gently applying pressure.
Those who possessed their own seals were, without doubt, high in social status.
They wore their seals on a string or chain around their neck like a necklace.
It was not only a gorgeous accessory, but was also a way to display one’s power!