Complement or accessory necklace that has a chain shape that people place on the neck as an ornament. In some cases the man has also used it and uses it as a garment of great distinction when adding a medal and this object, increased or gave the recipient a great prestige.
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- 1 Necklaces as amulets
- 2 How necklaces were made
- 1 Symbolism of necklaces
- 3 External links
- 4 Sources
Necklaces as amulets
History tells us the origin of jewelry and the development of the human species, and that it was manufactured as a precious asset and that over time it conquered the arts of ornament thanks to the spirit of seduction among people.
There was no king or priest, no powerful in ancient times that he did not wear around his neck and even today, among the external reasons for eluding power or social preeminence is this old object between ornamental, political and sumptuary.
The necklace is a key piece of Egyptian goldsmithing from 4000 years ago.
Wide necklaces were the most typical in Egypt and the world, worn by men and women. In Assyria they make them with gemstone beads.
The Greeks limited its use to women. It was they who created the chain necklace.
The Romans used beaded necklaces, large hoops and also chains. They were made of gold , rhinestones and pearls that went down to the waist giving two or three turns. From them hung protective amulets against various diseases. In the Middle Ages, the necklace was used by Europeans until the 12th century , when Provencal women from the court media made fashionable the fabric choker fitted to the neck and in which a thread of small pearls was sewn. Later, already in the 15th century , it became fashionable to wear a necklace over the neckline, and not over the dress, as had been the case in previous centuries. Gold filigree necklaces with enamels were famous.
How necklaces were made
In the different regions and towns of antiquity, the most common necklaces were made, or rather, its structure was made with two important elements that stood out: a ribbon and its pendants. These two elements represented art: the ribbon could be made with materials such as gold (gold threads) and the decorations could be made of clay, metals , pearls, glass . Many times these elements were mixed to achieve different designs. According to each civilization, different materials were used to embed as ornaments on necklaces. In the early Middle Ages, the necklace was not as widely used. Only in the 12th centuryProvencal women began to use a small cloth around the neck.
In this fabric, a thread was attached with intertwined pearls. Then in the 15th century, chains that rotate several turns around the neck began to be used again. These necklaces were distinguished, in particular, because they were made with gold coins, with medals and precious stones that had some relatively important economic value. In the Modern Age, the necklaces that were used were made with spheres or hollow balls that were openwork. Another aspect of the necklace that dates back to very ancient times is related to magic. Necklaces have always been associated by different cultures with energy, magic and hidden powers. This idea is generated due to the circle shape of this object. In addition, when the ends are joined, and this geometric figure is represented, the hidden powers that it possesses or are attributed to this object are made present. No king or priest has left aside the necklace as an element of power and, at present, We continue to see it in people as characters in the political sphere and in all religious culture. For example, in the case of Catholic culture, the necklace with the cross charm is used.
Necklaces are currently used for various reasons, not only as personal adornment such as the use of a necklace or chain for an important party or gala dinner; we also see its use in some regions as part of the identity of some towns; some towns use this object as a protection shield; and many other people wear a necklace to identify or show their adherence to some belief or belonging to a certain institution: for example, a medal of some saint or virgin, the necklace with the ying-yang charm that manifests adherence to a specific culture that marks a way of life, etc.
Finally, it is worth mentioning that every time this object, which is most often used as a mere decorative object, we must know how to choose the appropriate one or the one that most represents our personality, since, due to the height in which it is placed, it is one of the first things that a person who just knows us will be able to observe.