necklaces were often made of bones and shells on a string. Gold necklaces
appeared in Mesopotamia about 2500 BC and stones were added around 2000 BC.
Gold collars were worn by wealthy and noble men and women in ancient Egypt.
Persian nobility wore pearl necklaces around 500 BC. Pendants were popular in
Greece during the classical period 500-300 BC. Gold became prevalent in Greek
necklaces during the Greek empire period after the time of Alexander the Great.
The Etruscans in Italy wore gold necklaces going back to the 8th Century BC.
The Romans at first discouraged the wearing of jewelry, but later started
wearing necklaces with gemstones after the 1st Century AD. Jewelry was
discouraged in early Medieval Europe, but choker and long necklaces, often made
of pearl chains with pendants consisting of gems or metal crosses became
fashionable in Renaissance times. Necklaces in Asia were worn since ancient
times. Indian necklaces were known for silver filigree, silver beads, precious
and semi-precious stones with different styles in various regions. The Aztec
nobility in pre-Columbian Mexico wore necklaces of gold beads in the form of
animals. The Hawaiian islanders have worn flower necklaces for centuries.
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