Peace Sign Necklace
If you were “cool” in the 70s, especially in the early part of the decade, you had at least one peace sign necklace.
A carry over from the late 1960s, when the peace movement was at its peak, the peace sign necklace was designed to let people know that you opposed to war.
But it later lost the depth of its meaning and pretty much became simply a groovy accessory to wear with your tie-dyed 70s t shirt or other typical 70s garb.
The origin of the peace sign as we know it actually goes back to the late 1950s. According to historians, the sign originated with the nuclear disarmament movement in Great Britain and was designed by Gerald Holtom in 1958.
Nevertheless, the peace symbol caught on and it began popping up in countries all around the world including the United States.
It now appeared in “hip” stores everywhere in a variety of different colors and materials. Everyone from young adults to 30-somethings wore one around their neck, it was a common embellishment on shirts, and some GIs even painted the symbol on their helmets.
Peace sign necklaces were the most popular way to display the symbol. Most were simple costume jewelry pieces, made of plastic or some inexpensive metal, though some well-known jewelers did indeed make expensive versions of the symbol.
They came in a variety of sizes from small and discreet to very, very large. The chains were generally long so that the peace sign hung to the middle of the chest and was prominently displayed.
Today, the peace sign necklaces remain popular with former hippies and young people as well.
Novelty and party supply stores also carry them for 70s themed parties. As a matter of fact, they make great party favors and can be purchased individually or in packages of multiples.
Some fine jewelry makers continue to design peace sign necklaces as well and the symbols remain an important part of the jewelry collections of many individuals. That’s probably because the wish for peace never stops, no matter what the year.