A necklet is a type of decoration which is designed to be worn and displayed around a person's neck, rather than hung (draped) from the chest as is the standard practice for displaying most decorations.
In the Middle Ages most order's insignias were worn on a collar – see livery collar. Later, in the 16th century the insignia of the French Order of the Holy Spirit were worn on a ribbon. When, in the late 17th century, orders were divided into several classes, the cross on a ribbon around the neck became the privilege of a commander. A decoration in that rank is usually awarded to high-ranking officials like brigadiers, consuls and secretaries of State.
A female usually wears her commander's cross on a bow on the shoulder of her dress.
In chivalric orders like the Order of Malta or the Teutonic Order the insignia of the knights is worn hanging from a ribbon around the neck. The same is true of the Order of the Golden Fleece.
In the 19th century it was not unusual to wear a Grand Cross, normally hanging from a ribbon over the shoulder to the hip as on a necklet when this was considered more convenient or when another Grand Cross was worn.
Some nations confer honors which are signified in the form of a badge which is worn suspended from a ribbon (also known as riband or ribband) around the neck, including:
|Bharat Ratna||India||Highest civilian decoration of India.|
|Order of the British Empire||United Kingdom||Ranks of Knight Commander and Commander.|
|Royal Victorian Order||United Kingdom||Ranks of Knight Commander and Commander.|
|Order of Merit||United Kingdom|
|Order of the Companions of Honour||United Kingdom|
|Order of St. John||United Kingdom||Ranks of Commander or higher.|
|Legion of Honour||France||Rank of Commander.|
|Military William Order||Netherlands|||
|Order of the Netherlands Lion||Netherlands|||
|Order of Orange-Nassau||Netherlands|||
|Pour le Mérite||Prussia|||
|Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross||Germany|
|Grand Cross of the Iron Cross||Germany|
|Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary||Hungary||Ranks of Commander's Cross with star and Commander's Cross.|
|Royal Order of Sahametrei||Cambodia||Rank of Commander.|
|Order of Canada||Canada||Ranks of Companion or Officer.|
|Order of Ontario||Canada|
|Medal of Honor||United States||Highest military decoration of the United States Armed Forces. |
|Legion of Merit||United States||If at the rank of Commander. The Legion of Merit is awarded in degrees only to foreign nationals and its neck order is thus not available to U.S. citizens.|
|Presidential Medal of Freedom||United States|
|Texas Medal of Valor||United States|
|Surgeon General's Medallion||United States|
|George Washington Spymaster Award||United States|
|Order of Australia||Australia||If rank of Officer or higher.|
|Order of the Holy Sepulchre||Vatican City|
|Order of the Crown of Thailand||Thailand||Second Class and Third Class.|
|Order of the White Elephant||Thailand||Second Class and Third Class.|
|Order of the Direkgunabhorn||Thailand||Second Class and Third Class.|
|Order of Ramkeerati||Thailand|
|Order of Chula Chom Klao||Thailand||Second Class (Grand Commander and Knight Commander).|
|Order of Rama||Thailand||Second Class and Third Class.|
|Order of the Rising Sun||Japan||Third class.|