The archaeologists have discovered samples of necklaces made of shells dating back as far as 28,000 BCE, and it makes necklaces the oldest form of jewellery for both men and women. There are various types of necklaces with different names. Necklaces having an old history have observed an evolution in the lifestyle of humans over time, and it has resulted in different styles in designs of necklaces.
The term ‘vintage’ refers to previously owned or jewellery from the past era. However, this doesn’t mean that the designs are not available or cannot be worn. Many of the vintage styles of necklaces are considered to be rare and luxury fashion elements. It is mainly because of the classic design, rare stones, and intricate craftsmanship. These rare designs being vintage carry a royal appearance many times as they were created for the royal family members. Be it the Nizams of Hyderabad or the Rajputs of Rajasthan, you will find a distinctive depiction of their culture, wealth and choices in their jewellery designs.
Precious stones such as emeralds, rubies, sapphire and diamonds were used prominently to adorn the jewellery. Other than these semi-precious stones like topaz, aquamarine, tourmaline, etc. were used to add to the jewellery. Other than royals, priests from temples and various religious institutions were responsible to commission jewellery. Hence there are jewellery designs that depict religious beliefs through the designs.
Here are some vintage necklaces that will never lose its charm
- Kundan necklace – Kundan jewellery was introduced in the 19th Century by the royals of Gujrat and Rajasthan. The alluring charm and dainty claw setting is something that can’t be missed even by the naked eye. The vivacious stones also at times combined with diamonds, rubies, and sapphires are one of the best known vintage necklace trends that you can still spot on various actresses.
- Meenakari necklace – This is again another jewellery initiated by the royals, it has enamel amplifying the aesthetic appeal of the necklace. This art form is laborious and was introduced by Raja Mansingh. This technique involves enamel dust being poured into the channels made in a pattern, and after that, it is heated and its liquid fills the channels. The prepared design is then fitted in silver or gold to finish the adornment.
- Victorian necklace – As you can guess from the name, this style of necklace is European and was introduced in India by British invaders. It bears an attractive Anglo-Indian charm. It consists mainly of a ruby necklace with diamond studs.
- Jadau necklace – This necklace is a compilation of kundankaari and meenakari necklace. The Mughals introduced it. Elegant and extravagant, this technique uses uncut diamonds and semi-precious stones. Normally, these necklaces are crafted in silver or gold foil. They are wrapped around the diamond polkis, which is then set into the lac structure and completed with a gold finish.
No matter how many trends come and go, some antique designs are unmatched when it comes to charm. Be it a traditional meenakari necklace or a Victorian ruby necklace, you can treasure it for your special day and also pass it to your coming generation without worrying about the jewellery losing its allure.