The necklace was one of the earliest ornaments produced by humans. As early as the middle and late Paleolithic period 50,000 to 60,000 years ago, the ancestors of the Chinese nation were able to make accessories using animal teeth, shells, and stone beads.
One argument is that people first wore necklaces to show strength and courage. Archeologists discovered that the mountain cave man at Zhoukoudian in Beijing hundreds of thousands of years ago had used animal bones, teeth, shells, etc. to make string decorations, and dyed red with dye. It is speculated that in the battle with the beasts at that time, people found that losing blood would easily lead to loss of life, and the beasts teeth and claws were very powerful. People wear charms to show their bravery and strength; Erlai also expects to gain the power and vitality of the beasts. Later, the charms gradually evolved into necklaces.
Another view is that the emergence of necklaces originated from the robbing marriage custom of primitive society. In clan or tribal wars, the victors often took the women of the other tribe as loot. To prevent them from escaping, they tied their necks and hands with chains or ropes. This can be said to be the earliest prototype of necklaces.
In ancient China, necklaces were mainly divided into necklaces and collars. The necklace is wrapped around a neck by a long chain string of various colored jewels and jaws, and some are equipped with buckles for easy removal. Beaded necklace is the longest-lasting item . The origin of the silver chain necklace is relatively late, and the price is relatively low, so the circulation area is also the widest.
Collars are mostly plain rings made of gold, silver, copper and other metals, and there are also carved from a whole piece of beautiful jade. Jewels and jade are often inlaid on the collar to look gorgeous and precious. By the Ming and Qing Dynasties , collars had become an important ornament in female necklaces. The collars are usually decorated with pendants such as longevity locks and Ruyi pendants decorated with auspicious patterns. Long-life locks are also called destiny locks. People think that as long as they wear such ornaments, they can avoid disasters and drive evil, and lock lives.
In addition, 缨 珞 is an ancient jewellery from India, and it was also used as a necklace when it was introduced to China. The late Tang poet Zheng described this scene in Jinyangmen Poetry: During the emperor s birthday celebration, many palace tricks combed the nine-riding fairy owls, dressed in peacock jade clothes, and wore seven treasures, performed Singing and dancing, a song ended, and the pearly gems that fell on the ground could be swept with a broom.