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Let’s talk – Torque, Torc or Torq?

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This gorgeous piece is known as a torque, possibly torc, and maybe even torq. The word is derived from the Latin torquisĀ 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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To purchase your very own slice of vintage history click on the bracelet. Or torque.

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