A necklace is a piece of jewelry that is worn around the neck for ornamental value. Necklace gives beauty to the neck as it touches the throat. Women love jewelry and would love to be looked upon as being attractive to others and to this end, pieces of jewelry are their passion.
History looks at a necklace as a seductive piece of jewelry and in those days, women were said to have worn necklaces to attract attention to the cleavage. The Italians wore them with pendants that were hollow and filled with perfume. Egyptians wore heavy gold necklaces on very low necklines, giving them a look par excellence. Queen Alexandra was said to have worn real pearl necklaces for all formal events and state occasions. Pearl necklaces were so expensive that it is said that an American skyscraper was exchanged for the price of a pearl necklace.
Necklaces are made from various metals and a locket or pendant can also be attached to them. Pendants of cross are worn by the Christians while pendants of Gods and Goddesses are worn by Hindus. They are also studded with precious stones, beads, shells, or wood to give them a grand look.
Necklaces that are worn high on the neck are known as chokers. The necklace that ends on the cleavage is called the Matinée necklace. Opera necklaces are longer and end below the breasts. Then there are the rope necklaces that are longer then the opera necklaces.
Necklaces that match the outfit are common and different colored gemstones are studded to create color. Rubies are embedded for their red color, sapphires for the blue color, emeralds for green, and diamonds for their brightness and white color. Swarovski crystal necklaces are more expensive than glass and are making a fashion statement because of the brilliance and dazzle of the crystals. Multicolored necklaces are in vogue and these are fitted with several types of gems to give them the exclusive look to go with any heavy outfit on a special occasion. A bride in a white wedding dress with diamonds studded in white gold looks ethereal and princess like.
Jewelers stock necklace sets, which have a necklace, matching earrings, and bracelet. This makes it easier for people to buy everything at one place instead of running around to find something that matches their necklace.
Gift your mother with a beautiful traditional gold necklace with a matching set of ear studs on her birthday or anniversary and see the joy in her face. No matter what the age is, this is one piece of jewelry that is loved and worn by all with the same eager enthusiasm and passion.