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Article: Necklace


Historical Development of Necklaces

  • Neolithic Talc Necklace
  • Prehistoric use of natural materials like feathers, bone, shells, and plants
  • Bronze Age transition to metallic jewelry
  • Ancient Near East depiction of necklaces in art
  • Early European necklaces with precious metals and inset stones
  • Ancient Mesopotamia's use of cylinder seals as jewelry
  • Ancient Babylon's necklaces made from carnelian, lapis lazuli, agate, and gold
  • Ancient Sumerians' creation of necklaces and beads from gold, silver, lapis lazuli, and carnelian
  • Ancient Egypt's various necklace types made of organic or semi-precious and precious materials
  • Ancient Crete's necklaces worn by all classes, with different materials for peasants and the wealthy

Evolution of Necklaces in Non-Classical European Cultures

  • 2000 BC – AD 400: Bronze amulets embossed with coral
  • Celtic and Gallic Europe's preference for heavy metal torc necklaces
  • AD 400 - 1300: Early European barbarian groups favoring wide, intricate gold collars
  • Germanic tribes' gold and silver necklaces with complex detailing and inlaid stones
  • Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian silver neck-rings with patterns and animal forms

Necklaces in the Renaissance to Baroque Period

  • Men wearing chains, plaques, and pendants in the Renaissance
  • Wealthy men wearing shoulder-covering collars with gems by the end of the 15th century
  • Long pearl ropes and chains with precious stones in the 1500s-1600s
  • Baroque period's unsophisticated necklaces for women, including simple strands of pearls or delicately linked metal strands with small stones
  • Portrait pendants, lockets, and miniature portraits as pendants in the 1600s-1700s

Cultural Significance and Fashion Trends of Necklaces

  • Necklaces as symbols of wealth, beauty, and spirituality
  • Ceremonial and religious use of necklaces in different cultures
  • Protective or healing properties attributed to certain necklaces
  • Necklaces as a form of self-expression and personal style
  • Influence of court gowns, Greek-inspired designs, and gem-encrusted collars in fashion trends
  • Opulent necklaces that can be dismantled and reconfigured into shorter necklaces, brooches, and bracelets

Necklaces in East Asian and Oceania Cultures

  • Qing dynasty China's court necklace called chaozhu
  • Chinese culture's tradition of wearing necklaces with longevity lock pendants
  • Evolution of the ring-like neck ornament yingluo into a classical form of necklace in Chinese society
  • Aboriginal Tasmanian women's tradition of making shell necklaces
  • Threat to the tradition of making shell necklaces and efforts to preserve it
  • Different styles, shapes, and materials of yingluo necklaces in present-day China
  • Cultural significance and continued practice of making shell necklaces in Oceania

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