Here are some suggestions for necklaces to wear for zoom meetings. When I talk about necklaces, I am including pieces that are self-contained in that they do not need a separate chain. I will talk about standalone pendants next week. When considering which necklace to wear, important considerations are going to be the length of the piece and what you plan to wear it with. Do you want something to wear high on the neck, under an open necked shirt or a high top, or do you want it to be longer, to be worn over a single colour top? Are you wearing black, the colour of choice for so many? Here are some options. You should note that none of them are long necklaces falling below the desk level.
The first necklace is an elegant little Edwardian diamond pendant necklace, so typical of turn of the century jewellery. There are five graduated round diamonds set on a thin vertical bar, still with the original chain and clasp. The diamonds total 0.75cts. The pendant is set in silver, testing as 800 (continental silver), which has been very lightly gilded. It is a lovely delicate piece. The chain is 38.74cms (15 ¼ inches) long so the diamond pendant sits at the base of the throat.
At the top of the post is a lovely 18ct bi-colour gold necklace which can be worn under a shirt or jacket or over a high necked top. It is vintage, hallmarked 1976, and can be worn with either side showing, one showing the yellow gold and white gold colours or the other showing white gold. It is 43cms (17 inches) long. This is such a versatile piece.
To provide a splash of colour, here is a coral necklace, comprising a Victorian coral locket in silver, attached to a vintage coral bead necklace in 9ct gold. This one is 45cm (17 ¾ inches) long.
The next piece is a quintessional Victorian silver collar and locket. Collars began to appear around the late 1870s and became an important item of jewellery for the next 20 years. Usually made of silver, the collars ranged from simple to very ornate designs. The lockets and collars were sold separately as well as in sets. They were joined by a pull-back circular catch called a spring ring. The collars came in a wide variety of lengths. This one is 46.4cms (18 ¼ inches). Whilst silver jewellery was made throughout the Victorian period, it was the discovery of silver in Nevada which was to lead to a growth in silver, together with the ever growing middle classes who had money to spare. The links on the collars were usually flattened to allow them to sit flat around the neck.
The final necklace is from the 1900s. It is a lovely Arts & Crafts 15ct gold pendant with moonstone dangles on a 45.72cms (18 inches) long 9ct chain. The Arts and Craft movement evolved as a response to the industrialized and mechanized manufacture of jewelry beginning in the mid 1850s and dominating it by the 1880s and1890s. It called for individual pieces to be handcrafted, with a focus on artistic expression and simple lines. Its heyday was from the 1890s through to the beginning of the 1920s and it existed alongside the Art Nouveau period. Moonstones, with their simple beauty and blue adularescence, were a popular stone in Arts & Crafts jewellery.
Next week, I will look at pendants to wear.