This gorgeous piece is known as a torque, possibly torc, and maybe even torq. The word is derived from the Latin torquis meaning ‘to twist’.
This form of jewellery can be traced back to the Bronze Age, some 4,000 years ago. My bracelet is probably not quite as Ancient, dating back some 30 years approximately. The torc was a sign of nobility and high status. Sometimes worn on the arm, sometimes adorning statues, and often worn around the neck, as these torcs were, which are on display in the British Museum:
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2 responses to “Let’s talk – Torque, Torc or Torq?”
Bring a history nerd, I love the fact that you pop in a bit of background knowledge with your photos. Being a bit of an early middle ages fan (I love gold hoard) I think the torque is a stunner. Unfortunately, I have freakishly thin wrists and it’d no doubt fall off me every few seconds.
Please do pop in from time to time, all sorts of wrists catered for!