Necklace Folklore

necklace with clasp turned around

Necklace Folklore

  • If your necklace clasp falls to the front of your neck it means someone is thinking about you
  • If your necklace clasp falls to the front of your neck you can make a wish if you kiss the clasp before putting it back behind your neck
  • If the clasp of your necklace moves around to the left in front of your neck it means someone is thinking about you
  • If the clasp of your necklace moves around to the right in front of your neck it means someone is talking about you
  • If your necklace clasp falls to the front of your neck it means your sweetheart is thinking about you; kiss the clasp before putting it back and he’ll know you’re thinking of him
  • If a necklace breaks you’ll have bad luck

When I was a girl at Martins Creek School we paid serious attention to necklace clasps 🙂

I don’t know about all that folklore, but I do know where you can find beautiful necklaces: over in Chitter’s Stamey Creek Creations Etsy store.


Come cook with me!

hand holding apple

Location: John C. Campbell Folk School – Brasstown, NC
Date: Sunday, August 23 – Saturday, August 29, 2020
Instructors: Carolyn Anderson, Tipper Pressley

Experience the traditional Appalachian method of cooking, putting up, and preserving the bounty from nature’s garden. Receive hands-on training to make and process a variety of jellies, jams, and pickles for winter eating. You’ll also learn the importance of dessert in Appalachian culture and discover how to easily make the fanciest of traditional cakes. Completing this week of cultural foods, a day of bread making will produce biscuits and cornbread. All levels welcome.

Along with all that goodness Carolyn and I have planned a couple of field trips to allow students to see how local folks produce food for their families. The Folk School offers scholarships you can go here to find out more about them. For the rest of the class details go here.

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  • Reply
    Melissa P. (Misplaced Southerner)
    March 12, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    I had always heard about kissing the clasp and turning it back to the back, but I have never heard the differentiation about the sides before. Love learning new things!

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    Ken Roper
    March 12, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    I was listening to the “Seekers” when you tube put on a Glen Campbell Favorite of mine. It’s “Gentle on my Mind” by the Pressley Girls. Tipper really got a work-out and Paul was playin’ that little bity guitar with the big sound. You tube has learned my Habits and nearly every other song is the Pressley Girls. They do such a Wonderful Job singing and the comedy is nice too, especially when Katie says, “When You open-up the Mind that Katie has.’ (I liked to have Lost it.)

    The Seekers sing many Folk songs, which I have liked since High School, but My Favorite is Bruce Woodley and Judith Durham singing “I am Australian.” …Ken

  • Reply
    March 12, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    I never heard about the necklace folklore, but it made for fun reading. I have three of Chitter’s necklaces, and my daughters each have one, plus we all have earrings from her shop. Other jewelry just looks boring compared to her pieces.

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    Ed Ammons
    March 12, 2020 at 8:37 am

    I want to know what happened to Chatter’s Etsy Shop. I bought some of her soap a couple of years ago to give my daughter for Christmas. Recently I discovered a bar I had overlooked and tried it. That is some good stuff. It lathers good and lasted a long time. It had poppy seeds in it which helped to scrub. Tell her I’d like more if she is still making it or has any on hand.

    I’ve never worn a necklace. Does that mean nobody is thinking or has ever has thought about me?

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    Ron Stephens
    March 12, 2020 at 8:10 am

    Did not know there was folklore about necklaces. Maybe guys aren’t suoposed to know? Maybe Chitter could include the lore with her necklace orders?

  • Reply
    March 12, 2020 at 7:48 am

    I’ve never heard any of these. When I grew up the girls wore necklaces but I don’t remember the boys wearing any. It was considered sissified by us boys. Ain’t things changed!

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    Rebecca Layfield
    March 12, 2020 at 7:37 am

    I so love this post it brought me back to my childhood !! I still find myself kissing my necklace clasp when it turns! Ms Tipper my maw aka grandmother, also would say if the hem of her dress turned up to kiss and make a wish!! Love your post!!

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    Miss Cindy
    March 12, 2020 at 7:33 am

    I’ve never heard those particular sayings but I do know that we Appalachians love our folk lore and sayings!
    I also know that if you want some lovely necklaces handmade of our own Appalachian stones, Stamey Creek Creations is the place to go. Chatter is making some lovely necklaces!

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