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Iron has been employed by artists for millennia. Indeed, well before the discovery of major deposits, meteoric iron found in nature was used to create ornaments or jewels.

Later, iron surfaced in India and could be used for imposing creations. It was equally employed in Scandinavia, where blacksmiths made magnificent swords out of it; then in the rest of Europe, where it became ever more important in the field of architecture.

Iron proved itself to be one the most polyvalent materials from which were made tools, locks, weapons, cutlery industry, jewelry, and various architectural elements. By the sheer number of its possibilities, this metal brought certain recognition to the trade of blacksmith.

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