necklaces have a rich history that dates back thousands of years. they were first worn by ancient civilizations as a symbol of status, wealth, and power. during the renaissance period, necklaces evolved from being simple adornments to becoming fashionable accessories. this era saw the introduction of new designs, gemstones, and precious metals in necklace crafting!
throughout history, there have been several remarkable moments when famous people wore jewerly. we have already wrote an article about moments in politics where woman impact wearing powerful jewels and also about moments in history when pearls blew our minds. today I’ll write about three necklace styling options along with historical moments when those styles had a lasting impact.
1. PEDANT NECKLACES: a classic style.
pendants are derived from the primitive practice of wearing amulets or talismans around the neck as a symbol of luck. nowadays, from classic and minimalist designs to more intricate and statement pieces, there is a pendant style for everyone! let’s talk about some of the most remarkable pendant necklaces.
one of the most famous necklaces in the world is the "tiffany diamond" necklace. this yellow pendant diamond necklace, weighing 128.54 carats, has been worn by several famous women, including audrey hepburn, beyoncé and lady gaga.
audrey hepburn, beyoncé and lady gaga wearing the tiffany diamond necklace
princess diana made a historical mark at the birthright charity ball in 1987, wearing the attallah cross pendant. the complex gold, silver, amethyst and diamond pendant demonstrated how she wore her jewelry with a mix of honor and playfulness.
princess diana wearing the attallah cross pendant necklace
in the movie “titanic”, actress kate winslet wore a fictional pendant necklace called the "heart of the ocean”. this necklace, inspired by the hope diamond, captured the imagination of millions and became an iconic piece of movie history.
the heart of the ocean necklace
2. PEARLS NECKLACE: timeless elegance.
worn by the queen elizabeth and coco chanel pearl necklaces are pieces of jewelry that have lived through centuries of iterations. the history of pearls necklaces is a testament to their enduring allure.
princess diana was known for her timeless style and grace. one of her most famous necklaces was a pearl choker necklace that she often wore to royal events. this necklace became a symbol of her elegance and sophistication.
elizabeth taylor, the legendary hollywood actress, was known for her love of jewelry, especially pearls. among her extensive collection, one necklace stands out – the la peregrina pearl. this extraordinary necklace features a large pear-shaped pearl that once belonged to spanish royalty.
princess diana and elizabeth taylor wearing pearls necklaces
many people believe the choker style originated in the 1790s during the french revolution. curious right? the martyrs' wives wore red ribbons as a tribute to those who died… but there are also references to anne boleyn, queen of england, wearing chokers in her portraits during her reigning era, and this was much before the french revolution.
taking inspiration from the queen, many socialites and high-profile dignitaries of the time started wearing chokers as a mark of their social status. their choker necklaces were mainly made with diamonds. before this, in the 1940s, chokers made of leather, lace, ribbon, and velvet.
since the 90s, choker necklaces have only been soaring in their popularity! post-2015, they made a huge comeback on the runway with major international designers. to be honest chokers doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon!
kate wilnslet, victoria beckham and princess diana wearing chokers
sofia torres is the digital media designer at CINCO. born in '97, she believes her strong passion for what she does enables her to create meaningful work. her educational background includes a master in multimedia design at the university of coimbra. since day one, she's loving working at CINCO.
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