Indian dowry necklace- Sterling Silver This is an antique dowry necklace. Dowry necklaces are often given to daughters to offer them some level of independent security. Traditionally, there is no clasp. The brides put the necklaces on and do not remove them unless they need to sell a piece of silver. The wealthier the family, the larger the diameter and the longer the necklace would be. Pieces may be cut off the end of the necklace and sold as needed. Over time, what was once a long necklace may become a short necklace. The necklace is hand woven of many fine strands of silver which are pulled/extruded through to form a more solid piece. After many years of wear, the individual links are worn away and the chain takes on a somewhat solid appearance.