The clasps and fastenings which secure the necklace around the wearer's neck have developed in time and often provide useful clues in dating the necklace, its origin and its value. The most basic way of closing a bead necklace consists of knotting both ends of the beading material on which the decorative elements are strung, as done during dawn of humanity up till our days. This system was common practice from the very earliest times until the 4th century B. The next step was making a "button and loop" style fastening with pulling a little wooden stick, small stone, bead or real button fitted at one end, through a loop made of the other end of the beading material.
Dating necklaces: clasps and fasteners -Part I
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Dating Brooch Fasteners - 1850 to 1910
John Hunter , Ann Woodward. Oxbow Books , 31 oct. Alternative theories have sought to explain the how display of such objects was related to religious and ritual activity rather than to economic status, and that groups of artefacts found in certain graves may have belonged to religious specialists. This volume is the result of a major research that aimed to investigate Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age grave goods in relation to their possible use as special dress accessories or as equipment employed within ritual activities and ceremonies. Many items of adornment can be shown to have formed elements of elaborate costumes, probably worn by individuals, both male and female, who held important ritual roles within society.
Jewelry mirrors time, culture, and societal values. It reflects the taste and attitude of every period in history. There are definitely clues that can be used in deciphering how old your jewelry is. The older and more rare the piece of jewelry, the more valuable it will be.