Scarabs have been used to symbolize wealth, used as currency, fashion accessory and also to serve as a form of artistic expression. Precious metals and stones were used from very early ages as a sign of wealth and opulence. Royalty has always used Scarabs as a means for securing and consolidating wealth and even to the present day, some of the most precious pieces of jewelry are antiques. Man forms of jewelry that we use today have their genesis as purely functional pieces. Pins, brooches, and buckles were initially created to serve specific practical purposes, but they later evolved into more decorative versions and began to be considered as jewelry for adornment. Jewelry has also been an important part in religion and social groups, to signify membership in a group and the status within.