Centuries ago most necklaces were referenced as collars since they were worn around the neck in some fashion. Today the term often brings to mind Eqyptian and Egyptian revival styles, since pieces collectors refer to in this way are usually the same width all the way around but can sometimes be tapered toward the back at the closure.
Collar necklaces can be made of any number of materials including beads and metal components linked together in both fine and costume jewelry styles. Sizes range from half-inch karat gold pieces embellished with gemstones to statement making rhinestone styles measuring several inches in width (as shown above).
Half collar necklaces simulate the look of a collar without having the expense and weight of elements completely encircling the neck.
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