Brief History of Gold Necklaces
Necklaces are believed to be amongst the oldest articles of jewelry worn by human beings, according to Wikipedia. They were used for "ceremonial, religious, magical, or funerary purposes" and "also used as symbols of wealth and status".
Gold has been used as money since ancient times. Creating necklaces out of gold served multiple functions, including a means of carrying their money and looking fashioinable. Ancient Babylonians and Sumerians both wore gold necklaces around their neck. Upper class Egyptians would wear gold "collar" necklaces, and in Ancient Greece gold necklaces were made with repousse and plaited with gold wires. Gold necklaces were also a status symbol in Ancient Rome.
During the Middle Ages the practice of adorning a precious gemstone or diamond to a gold necklace started to materialize amongst royalty and very wealthy.
The jewelry eras starting in the late 1800's started to incorporate different styles of necklaces. The 1900's ushered in the era of naming necklaces based upon their length. New styles such as the herringbone and figaro gold necklaces were also introduced.
Gold necklaces have a long history of fashion and practibility throughout world history. Traditional yellow gold necklaces are now seeing increased competition from rose gold and white gold necklaces. New alloys are being created to not only bring more color choices to gold necklaces but also create a lighter weight necklaces that possess the same gold purity.
Different cultures use different amount of gold purity, or karats, for their gold necklaces. In Asian cultures it is not uncommon to see 22K gold necklaces, while in American cultures 10K gold necklaces are starting to gain more traction.
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