Sterling Silver Necklace And Pendants
Necklace chains come in a variety of sizes, some are standard some are personal preference. As a guide these are the usual lengths.
14 inch - Children and small adults
16 inch - Standard size chain, fits most people
18 inch - Standard size for ladies who prefer their jewellery slightly lower, fits all women
20 inch - Traditionally a mans length chain
22 inches and above - Longer chains for sweater jumpers and some holy medals
The earliest necklaces dates back to the Stone Age, some 40,000 years ago, they were made of mollusc, bone, shells, small stones and teeth gathered from successful hunting trips. Like all forms of jewelry, the necklace lost its popularity for a time. After the fall of Rome, necklaces were seldom worn until the beginning of the 14th century.
In the 1860's the Navajo tribe of Native Americans began to fashion necklaces from turquoise and silver. These necklaces were not only sold, but used as barter with traders on the reservation. The Navajo would get supplies from these traders, and give them the necklaces for security. If payment for the goods was not made within a certain length of time, the trader kept the necklace.