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Necklaces – Everything That's Worth Knowing

December 27,2021

The beautiful neck ornament, necklaces, have been around for quite a long-time. They are designed in a variety of metals, at times embellished with precious and semi-precious gems too. But have they always been like this? Or were early necklaces different than what we see today? No clue, right? Then let’s figure out this mystery…

Necklace – Does the name mean anything?

Given the fact that this jewellery piece is worn wrapped around the neck, necklace, undoubtedly seems an apt name. They are designed using gems that are too large or uncomfortable to be worn as rings or earrings. Of all the different jewellery, necklaces are (often) larger and more easily visible.

They are either designed in flexible forms like chains or inflexible forms with metal bands adorned with gems, engravings, filigree work and more.

Wait, what are pendants then?

Frequently heard the terms ‘necklace’ and ‘pendant’ used interchangeably. Although commonly said (and accepted), it isn’t the right way. Wonder why? Well, the answer is simple – both are distinct jewellery pieces. Necklace is an ornament that is worn around the neck, whereas pendant is a jewel that is suspended from a chain.

• Necklaces – Through the sands of time

Surprisingly enough, necklaces aren’t new to mankind, in fact their existence can be traced back well up to the Stone Age. Here’s a brief look at the journey of necklaces all through this time…

• Ancient Era

In early ages, necklaces were made using organic things like twigs, bones, stones, shells etc. Later, once metals were discovered, people used them for creating necklaces. However, throughout all this, the design, style and materials of necklaces have usually varied from region to region.  

• Middle Ages

At this time, necklaces were considered and used as an essential part of dressing. During Renaissance, gold and gemstones were the primary materials used to make necklaces. These pretty creations weren’t only regard as a fashion statement, they had symbolic value as well.

19th and 20th Century
This was the time when costume jewellery made an entrance into the fashion industry and were an instant hit. The major reason for this was thought to be their affordability to people. As these necklaces were mass produced using inexpensive items like glass, gemstone replicas, plastic and more so.  

• Contemporary Times

Fashion jewellery is, now, a popular part of most cultures around the globe. Necklaces have emerged as one of the most widely preferred jewellery creations. They are designed with precious and non-precious metals, different gemstones and various other materials.

What about different necklace styles?

From simple, classic to stylish and elaborate, necklaces are found in a wide variety of styles and designs that are sure to wow you.

• Chain Necklaces

The best way to define chain necklaces would be as an accessory that is simple yet elegant. It features a plain metal chain with either some decoration like gemstones, charms or no decoration at all. The overall look of these necklaces is determined by the chain style (most common is curb link) and its length.

• Pendant Necklaces

This necklace style showcases one or more decorative items suspended from the chain. These elements could be precious or semi-precious gemstones, initials, religious symbols, or other meaningful charms, just to name a few. Generally, these necklaces sport a versatile design which make them an apt choice for various occasions.

• Strand Necklaces

Love a line of pearls strung together giving a classic appearance (who doesn’t)? Well, strand necklaces are exactly that! Usually, this term is used to signify pearl strands and come in different types. These varieties are classified based on:

• Length

Necklaces of varying lengths are denoted with different terms. The 14 to 16 inch variant is choker, 18 inch long is princess strand, 22 inch design is matinee whereas a strand of 32 inches (or longer) goes by the name opera.

• No. of strands

These necklaces can feature single, double or even more strands of pearls and are named as per these number of strands only. Simply put, a necklace with a single line of gems will be called as single strand, so on and so forth.

• Choker

A popular style of the 90s, the choker has made a huge comeback to the fashion scene and is ruling it! Their snug fit, pretty design and availability is varying sizes, makes it a sought-after choice. Whether you are going to a business-meet or a party, a choker is just perfect for it all.  

• Lariat Necklaces

This style showcases a design where two ends of the necklace meet at the centre (in the front) and the drop to form a single chain or a charm or gemstone. This gives them a unique Y-shaped look. Given its unusual design, the lariat necklace make a great accessory when you are looking to add a dash of drama or oomph to your appearance.   

Now, who knew necklaces had such a rich legacy spanning over several millennia? This makes us wonder that each piece of necklace we own, their different styles and designs surely speak much more than what meets the eye. Thus, it is no surprise that every woman wants to own and flaunt these stunning creations wherever they go.