riginally, from the time of Phillip the Bold, only the collar was worn on all occasions.When armor was worn the fleece was often engraved (and sometime gilt) upon the armor itself.This last was fairly common through the eigthteenth century, especialy since so many recipients were soldiers in service of the head of the order.Beginning in the early sixteenth century under Charles V, and by his decree, the Fleece alone was usually worn on ordinary occasions, suspended by a thin red ribbon, but sometimes from a black one.Gangs have always provided a way for people to more effectively get what they want, especially if it comes to force.And weaker members of society gravitate toward gangs that they feel can offer a sense of community and protection from others. In about 1200 CE, the word was used to describe a group of criminals that pillaged country towns.Even though gang violence is decreasing overall, it still remains a problem.And, interestingly, it is a growing problem in smaller towns.
Although many of the original Fleeces were made in gold as befitted the status of the noble members, most seem to have been of bronze or brass gilt.
Gang violence is very real, and is a problem in some cities and schools.
Even with the overall decrease in national gang violence, there is still enough gang activity to make school dangerous in some cities, as well as make whole neighborhoods unsafe.
Phillip II of Spain favored black, perhaps originally as a sign of mourning.
Gradually, during the course of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Spanish love of glory and elaborate ceremony led to an elaboration of the bijou.