Party-time Necklaces

“Everyone has something costly hanging round their neck. For the lucky few, it’s not a mortgage, school fees or an overdraft.” —1997 Asprey advertisement for a diamond necklace Despite the irreverent humor of its advertising campaign, the English jeweler Asprey (now Asprey & Garrard) correctly guessed that most people do have something hanging around their necks, especially for special occasions. Whether it’s the magnificent rocks borrowed by a celebrity for Oscar night or a single pearl on a simple chain, a necklace is often the first piece of jewelry a woman reaches for when she’s finished putting on her party clothes. There’s something special about the ritual of donning a necklace. What little girl doesn’t feel like a princess the first time—and every time—her mother or father clasps a tiny gold locket or religious charm around her neck? What big girl does

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