Collars of Orders

During the twentieth century, most Latin American countries added the grade of Collar to their most important orders. This grade is usually reserved for heads of state as a means of promoting friendly bilateral relations. The grand master of these orders is normally the president himself, who wears the collar on public occasions as a symbol of sovereignty.

Brazil, Order of the Southern Cross, Collar with Star (Br63)
Brazil, Order of the National Congress, Collar with Star (Br74)
Ecuador, National Order of Merit, Collar (Ec18)
Honduras, Order of José Cecilio del Valle, Collar (Hn_19_k)
Nicaragua, Order of Miguel Larreynaga, Collar (Ni_26_c)
Paraguay, Order of National Merit, Collar (Py17 gc)