In Ancient South Africa, the earliest humans wore handcrafted necklaces made from mollusks. In ancient Egypt and Sumer, the more complex designs were worn by the wealthier and the higher in rank. Ancient Egyptian neck jewelry included the broad collar and pectoral type. They were worn by both sexes, mostly royals and wealthy citizens Royal families from Ancient American cultures such as the Inca, Olmec, Maya and Aztec used jewelry in a daily basis. Necklaces were used by members of the government or religious authorities. Jewelryaccessories.com offers a collection of dramatic statement necklaces including bibs, Today, necklaces are as much a symbol of status as personal fashion statements. Statement necklaces acknowledge the wearer’s sophistication, style and unique fashion-forwardness.