Necklaces have been an integral part of jewelry since the time of ancient civilizations and pre-date the invention of writing. Below are just a few cultures where the necklace reigns supreme.

EGYPT – GOLD COLLARS

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The Ancient Egyptians wore the ornamental jewelry for many reasons, however the more fundamental reason and purpose was to guard them from believed hostile forces.

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MAASAI – BEADED COLLARS

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The colors of the beads have different meanings, some general meanings for a few colors are: white – peace; blue – water; red – warrior/blood/bravery

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NAVAJO – THE SQUASH BLOSSOM

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Chief Kia-E-Te-Nita in Native Dress with Squash Blossom Necklace and Silver Concha Belt – 1908 and nakli-slow-bit-zees in native dress with blanket – Jan 1920

KHUMBA PEOPLE OF TIBET – CORAL AND AMBER BEADS

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These costumes and jewelry can be worth millions of dollars handed down for centuries from generation to generation within the Khampa familes, and make up most of the life savings of the family.

I could go on and on….  KTZ is good company!

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KTZ, Spring 2015