I am continuing the series of different types of jewelry worn during the 1850’s and 60’s. I have already created a post on earrings , and now am moving on to necklaces.
As a result of my research, I have decided to combine necklaces and brooches into a collection of “items of jewelry worn around or at the base of the neck.” And for this particular post, I tried to restrict my examples to daywear, as there are (just like today) different types of jewelry worn for different occasions.
For the most part, if necklaces were worn during the day, they tended to be long gold chain, perhaps several strands that draped down the front of the bodice. Many women also appeared to have worn brooches as well. Here are some examples: