A necklace is a piece of jewelry that is designed to decorate the neck. It can hang off the neck in a long to medium, or even a short strand or it can sit tightly in a choker style. Necklaces can be plain or elaborate. They can come in pendant styles, chains, lariat styles, opera styles, or a statement making piece (which is sometimes referred to as costume jewelry). Necklaces take on different thicknesses, designs, and can be made from many different types of materials.
Necklaces also take on different lengths. For example, a choker length is the shortest you can purchase. It sits high on the neck and is about 14 inches to 16 inches. Coming in next, is the princess style necklace. It is about 18 inches to 20 inches long. A matinee is the next largest and longest category of necklace, ranging from 22 inches to 23 inches.
An opera necklace measures from 30 inches to 35 inches, while a rope style necklace is a piece that is longer than an opera length necklace. Finally, a lariat style and length necklace is an extremely long rope necklace that doesn’t have a clasp. It can be worn draped in multiple lengths and ways.
It is not uncommon to see both men and women today layering different strands as described above to create a unique effect.
This piece of jewelry that is worn around your neck is always referred to as a necklace. The word itself is a French word and it means “cord.” If you think about it, it makes sense because it does wrap around and form a string or cord shape when fastened. The Latin root of the necklace translates into noose or snare, which also goes around your neck. Luckily, in modern times, wearing a necklace is meant to make a statement and decorate an ensemble!
Ancient civilizations adored necklaces. If you imagine the hieroglyphics of the Egyptians, you can probably picture the women (and also the men), wearing thick, golden necklaces during celebrations and ceremonies. Dating back to the Bronze age, scientists have found necklace strands made from shells, pebbles, and stones-how innovative!
In ancient Babylon, necklaces started housing precious stones like lapis, agate, and gold. The Greeks started to experiment with necklace shaping, giving intricate designs into what they were wearing around their neck. Ancient Rome explored amulets and started to drape jewels down the chest of those who wore a necklace, making it look elegant, romantic, and regal. Eventually, crosses were added to chains and ropes, pearls became a popular stone, and diamonds became a symbol of status and wealth. Both genders often wore a necklace across the ages because they were less for fashion and more for power and rank. In early colonial times necklaces became fine and dainty, only regularly worn for special events and occasions.
Necklaces throughout the Victorian era were significantly large, dark, somber, and ornate. Much later in time, necklaces in the Prohibition days, or the Roaring Twenties took on an art deco style, proving that less really isn’t more! They layered strands of pearls and wore big, bold, but beautiful baubles from head to to. During the time of excess, nothing was spared-including jewelry!
Today, necklaces mimic the designs of the past and have new and interesting design twists and materials for everyone to enjoy. The most recent jewelry movement is minimalism, where very simple elements are used to make extremely plain but beautiful designs-especially necklaces.
There are a wide range of materials that can be used to create a necklace. Gold, sterling silver, platinum, rose gold, and stainless steel are some of the most popular metals used in diesigns today. Leather, rope, twine, and hemp are also affordable materials that create casual pieces.
Virtually any kind of gem, bead, or stone can be incorporated into a necklace’s design, making them a versatile, favorite accessory among the world!
Because initially necklaces were worn for ceremonial, religious, magical, and funeral purposes and also as status symbols; necklaces can be worn anywhere! They instantly dress up work attire and put the finishing touches on special event wardrobes.
Necklaces can be spotted at the beach, at church, at the gym, and at formal venues.
Today, because you have so many options and choices, you can choose a necklace that suits your lifestyle and preference.
Because pendant necklaces are so popular with women, consider wearing several and layering lengths to maximize your outfit! A single pendant necklace looks perfectly pretty worn worn with a crew neck knit and a pair of jeans for casual occasions, and a v-neck dress with classic silhouette for more formal affairs.
Men can wear a golden chain, a leather beaded necklace or a cross pendant to accommodate their day to day clothing and needs. For special occasions, a gold or silver pendant necklace in a shorter length looks great against suits and button down tops.
Necklaces have been around for ages. These beautiful statement pieces have come a long way, yet they still hold strong to their ancient roots. Pick one up today that is composed with high quality craftsmanship, that is made from strong and durable materials, and that is not just striking but that strikes a cord with your personal preferences as well. The more unique the better! Opt for handmade designs that provide those personal details and touches that make your item one of a kind!