Trend We Heart: Pouch Necklaces

“Everything old is new again” is a saying that you hear over and over again in the fashion world because, as we all know, trends are recycled. A few years ago, my mom bought me a copper necklace that consisted of a filigree … well, I called it a basket at the time … and green, maroon, and clear beads from a vintage store. The necklace was really heavy, a little too ornate, and didn’t really fit with my style at the time, but I enjoyed looking at it. And I thought someday my necklace would be the signature piece of an outfit.

I had no idea at the time that my mom had stumbled upon one of the oldest jewelry trends in history. The pouch necklace has been worn for centuries by those looking to mask their odor or to ward off evil spirits. Nowadays, jewelry designers are giving pouch necklaces the studded and metallic treatment, but you can still find traditional leather ones. I’m really feeling the ones above by Bona Drag, because they’re sweet with the delicate crochet pattern, but are also a little tough with the oxidized brass chain.