The necklace is a piece of jewelry that can be traced back through history as being worn by both men and women. They were often used as ways to make a distinction among many cultures.
Historians and archeologists have discovered that the necklace originated maybe forty thousand years before originally believed. In South Africa they have excavated a cave that had over 41 mollusks that were strung as possible neck jewelry nearly 75,000 years ago.
Earlier archeologist had believed the oldest known finding was from 30,000 BC It was made of stones, animal teeth and bones and claws and shells strung onto thread, similar to the concept of today's necklaces.
Later, in 2500 BC, necklaces were being made from gold. These gold choker and adornments were discovered in Ur. Later Sumerian's began using beaded neck jewelry using examples of colored stones, copper and other metals.
The ancient Egyptians were more evolved. They grow from simple stringed bead necklaces to the more complicated patterns. They also had the broad collar and pectoral type necklaces that both men and women wore, especially the wealthy and royalty. Many of these necklaces were buried with them. These necklaces were often richly ornamented and were a big part of the dress attire.
Most three-dimensional necklaces were created during the classic Greek period of around 480 to 300 BC These necklaces were hung from a row of flat rosette type beads.
Gold was abundant during Alexander the Great Period of Ruling the Greek Empire. They used gold to make necklaces and many other types of jewelry for many centuries.
Now the Ancient Romans frowned on wearing jewelry. There were laws that dictated how much gold a woman could wear or be buried with. During the first century, the Roman style of jewelry started using gemstones cut in circular or rectangular shapes.
The end of the second century thought about piercing. This technique produced a lace like effect to gold necklaces. The most popular style was the chain with different colored gems connected by links of gold.
Later on, it became popular for women to wear many necklaces at once. This would indicate her level of wealth or her class. For a few years, the popularity of necklaces waned until the late 14th century when they attained popularity.
Now necklaces are popular among all classes of people. The favorite gift from kids to their mothers is the infamous stringed macaroni necklace. All mothers love these since they are a gift from their child's heart.
Necklaces are worn for a variety of reasons. One of them is for personal decoration. Another reason people wear necklaces is for religious significance. Necklaces with images of Saints or a simple cross are among these.
Necklaces have been around for many, many years and will most likely remain a type of jewelry that can be regularly redesigned to stay versatile and trendy. They have been made from everything from animal bones and teeth to rare gemstones, from shells and macaroni to beads and simple metals.