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Just like the jewellery in the bracelets section, again at Love2Have, we have sourced a broad and varied selection of women's necklaces made from different metals and materials from up and down the country. Over our years and years of online trading and experimentation, we have now found just the right balance of designer styles at affordable prices. Necklaces and pendants are both worn around the neck, but a pendant usually means a hanging object although it can be hanging from a neck chain or an earring. A choker is a type of necklace that is worn high around the neck and can also have a pendant hanging from it.
Historically speaking, items of jewellery have also been adopted as potent symbols and even worn to ward off evil spirits or to help overcome enemies in battle. Examples of jewellery worn other than for adornment, are necklaces such as the cross or crucifixes that were worn by Christians as potent religious symbols. Other religious types of necklaces are pendants known as amulets, which are figures or symbols of varying shapes and sizes, hung on a chain around the neck. Some necklaces are called locket's which are usually heart-shaped are worn as a symbol of love and open up to reveal a picture or lock of hair from a cherished one.
Perhaps the most bizarre form of a necklace is those worn by the Pa Dong Long Neck people who are part of the Karen tribal group that live along the border between Thailand and Burma. From the age of 6 years old, brass rings are snapped around the necks of young girls, a few every year, up to a limit of 20 rings although there is a woman on record as having 28 around her neck. As they progress from childhood to womanhood, their necks appear to elongate although apparently what happens is that the weight of the rings crushes the women's collarbones giving the illusion of a very long neck. These women only remove the brass rings on their wedding night with a long drawn out process involved, which requires much neck washing. As brass often tends to discolour the skin one can imagine that there may be a rather nasty green mess under those rings. After the wedding night, the rings are replaced and must remain in place for life, as the women's neck muscles are now no longer strong enough to support the length of the neck and the weight of the head on their own.
This wearing of neck rings was also a practice adopted by women in South Africa, and in particular, those from the Ndebele tribe and these women have often been referred to as giraffe women because of their long necks. The Ndebele women traditionally wore copper and brass rings around their necks arms and legs as a symbol of their status in society and after marriage as a symbol of her bond and faithfulness to her husband. Men would provide their wives with these rings and the richer her spouse, the more rings she would wear, and they would only be removed after his death as they were believed to have strong ritual powers. Thankfully, in both the Pa Dong and the Ndebele tribes, this traditional practice is no longer popular and is now dying.