Quick History of the Necklace
Arguably the most common jewelry worn worldwide, a quick look at the history of the necklace shows us how this popular item has evolved over the course of thousands of years. Los Angeles’ luxury pawnshop, Beverly Loan Company, specializes on collateral based loans on gold and diamond jewelry, including necklaces from vintage 19th century Cartier to modern heavy gold chains.
The necklace predates the invention of writing and can be traced back to many ancient civilizations. Necklaces have been found at archaeological sites made from shells, bones, teeth, and claws. Ancient Egyptians preferred collars made of colorful beads, the Etruscans were accomplished goldsmiths who created intricate chains, and the Greeks created medallions with elaborate designs. Throughout the centuries techniques improved and became widespread. Pearl necklaces, cameo pendants, rivière’s, diamond sautiors and chokers evolved into stunning pieces that will never go out of style.
Diamonds have always been the king of gemstones in jewelry, and is the most frequent gemstone at Beverly Loan Company. However stones like ruby, sapphire, emerald, amethyst, garnet, aquamarine, & turquoise continue to inspire jewelry designers and show up in fine jewelry pieces, including necklaces.
Jewelry from the late 19th century and 20th century are usually the antique styles that people still wear today and that consistently show up at luxury auction houses like Christie’s & Sotheby’s. Designers like Cartier, Chopard, Van Cleef & Arpels, Buccellati, & Garrard are jewelry houses that have stood the test of time and continue to thrive after hundreds of years of business.
GIA trained Gemologists work at Beverly Loan Company, a high-end pawn shop in the heart of Beverly Hills. To discuss a loan on jewelry, please call 310-275-2555.