Buddhist necklace jewelry is often seen as a sign of social status, and for many people, it’s considered a form of luxury, said Kristin Krasner, associate professor of Buddhist studies at the University of Notre Dame.
The Buddhist necklace, she said, is “an act of humility.”
A Buddhist woman wears a Buddhist necklace while she practices meditation on the beach at the Buddhist temple of Laotse in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in 2012.
(AP Photo/Gurthi Prakash) Krasners research showed that the necklacing worn by Buddhist monks has become more popular as people have become more comfortable with wearing it.
It has also become a symbol of Buddhist identity, said Krasers.
A traditional Buddhist necktie is often worn by a female monk who is also a Buddhist and is considered an important figure in the religion.
But this time, she found a necklacer that is commonly worn by men.
“It is one of the most popular items,” she said.
This item, called a “pendant,” is worn by the Dalai Lama in his official photo at the end of a session in Lhasa, China, in 2008.
(Getty Images) This necklace, which can be purchased online or at a Buddhist temple, is often found on Buddhist monks.
This necklace is often used by Buddhist men to represent their status.
(Photo by MOHAMED EL FADLI/AFP/Getty Images)) “This is really a sign that you are a person who has accomplished something, that you have a sense of belonging to something that has significance for people, and that is why it is so important to wear this,” Krasens research concluded.
She said that as people became more aware of the necklace, the number of men wearing it increased.
“There is a sense that you can wear this necklace to your office, to your house, and to your temple.
But it’s also become an act of public modesty,” she added.
According to Krases research, there are three major types of Buddhist necklines: traditional, modern and contemporary.
Traditional Buddhist necklinks can be bought online or in traditional Buddhist temples.
They can be worn by monks and nuns, as well as by men and women.
Modern Buddhist neckties can be found on trendy websites and even in designer clothing.
Modern necklaced necklids can be custom made to suit individual needs, said a spokesperson for one popular online store.
They range from simple, minimalist designs to high-end, high-performance designs.
Contemporary Buddhist neck links, like the one in the above photo, can be seen on the shelves of a popular online shop in Singapore.
(Reuters/James Wong) Contemporary Buddhist necklace designs can range from trendy to elaborate, said the spokesperson.
The most expensive of these designs can be as high as $6,000.
Modern style necklases are available for about $300.
“Modern necklacy has become a trend, but the quality of the pieces has improved,” said the representative.
Modern designs can have a range of styles and colors, but most of them are typically available in the same colors as their traditional counterparts.
“Buddhist necklacings have evolved from a piece of traditional clothing, into something that can be done on a daily basis,” said Kasners research.
The majority of men wear the modern style, according to the representative, but they have found a few that they wear in a more subdued way, like a traditional necklace.
According the spokesperson, many of the modern designs are made of bamboo or are made out of recycled materials.
“The traditional Buddhist necklace has come to be seen as something that is fashionable,” said another representative.