Wednesday, August 18, 2010
"Prior to the year 900, an Englishman referred to his neck as a hnecca. While it may seem that a necklace was some sort of lace worn around the neck, it would be more correct to think of old necklaces as lacing worn around the neck. The difference? The word 'lace' refers to a string used to tie things to together, like lacing boots or skates, rather than tatted lace. Lace comes from Middle English las, which in turn came from the Ninth Century French laz. Laz came from the Latin word laqueus, which means noose."
Interesting, isn't it? Yesterday, while looking at Olivia's collection, and some of my own favorite pieces, some new and some not so new, I was thinking about the origin of the necklace, and wondering, was it born from layers of lace, worn by royalty, around the neck? And so, now we know... What's your necklace style? Do you have a signature necklace or do you adorn yourself to suit your mood?
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