The History of Necklaces
Necklaces have grown increasingly popular over the last few decades, with countless women and even a few men gracing their necks with them. From diamond necklaces that make people even more beautiful to the guardian angel wing necklace that assures someone they aren’t alone, necklaces have always been a staple of jewelry.
But before they were blinged up and marketed for the masses, they had purposes as historical raiment for royalty and kings. The Bronze Age was where necklaces had started to become made of metal, but the trend really began to pick up with the Egyptians. Necklaces were a symbol of class, where large collared necklaces were used for ceremonies and funerals by the wealthy elite and the Pharaohs.
Decorations included glass, pottery, beads, gold paint, and pendants shaped into forms of animals and plants. As time marched on, however, these decorations were phased out to make way for stones and jewels such as amber, pearls, and diamonds.
Necklaces were also worn by the religious Byzantine Empire to showcase their newfound Christian faith. Necklaces and their adornment shifted from being simple chains and decorated bands to being extremely eye-catching and covered in jewels.
As time went on and the fashions of the world changed, necklaces changed with them. Still, they and most other heavily adorned pieces of jewelry were worn by the elite and the wealthy. The poorer folk often got less stylish jewelry to wear. At least until the rise of costume jewelry, then anyone could look good regardless of social standing.
Today, the purposes of necklaces range from being fashionable and fancy to showcasing one’s religious beliefs, to simply looking awesome or cute around someone’s neck. People wear them for dozens of different reasons, and it’s nice to know that trend hasn’t changed since the Bronze Age.