One of the most versatile, affordable fine jewelry fashion accessories available, the perfect necklaces can take any outfit to that next-level of fashion-forward style and breathtaking (not to mention heartbreaking) sophistication.
While there is as many styles of necklaces as there is people, there is four major types that everyone woman should have as a part of any ensemble.
[author’s note: I hate using the word should, especially when it comes to telling people what they “should” be doing. With that being said, I wasn’t sure what else to say. Sorry! -JG]
4 Kinds of Necklaces Every Woman Should Own:
One of the most versatile, affordable, and accessible fine jewelry fashion accessories, necklaces are the perfect way to take any outfit to the next level of fashion-forward and breathtaking sophistication. While there are as many styles of necklaces as there are people, we can distinguish four major types that provide a unique splash of class to any woman’s ensemble.
Since its heyday in the 1990’s, choker necklaces have come back into fashion and are a “must have” for any woman looking for a simple, yet distinctive, jewelry accessory. Ranging from simple necklaces that made from a single metal chain (generally made of white gold, yellow gold, or sterling silver), to models that feature bold focal gems, beads, or cameos, chokers fit snuggly and elegantly emphasize a wearer’s neck and neckline.
The simplicity of the choker makes it an unobtrusive bit of elegance that emphasizes everything that surrounds it. Choosing a simple pair of jeans and a t-shirt? A choker, for example this stainless steel necklaces by Michael Kors, is sure to brighten your casual look immediately.
Traditional doesn’t have to mean old-fashioned! Pendant necklaces are one of the most ancient types of necklace, but modern pendants are subtle, refined, and effortlessly fashionable. Pendant-style necklaces are an extremely simple way to add a bit of flair and style to a wardrobe without looking too dressy.
Usually consisting of a single, or many, precious metal strands, pendant necklaces are available today featuring an array of pendants, all adorned with beautiful gems, jewels, and diamonds of all sizes, shapes, and colors. The ideal pendant necklace should elegantly reach to the wearer’s mid-chest area, drawing focus to one’s collar bones and neckline, bringing a dash of sophistication and allure to any outfit.
Also very popular right now are the pendant necklaces of A Jaffe’s “Maps” collection (not to be confused with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Maps” collection) which allows for the user to customize the piece with an engraved map of somewhere special.
Multilayered Chain Necklaces:
As opposed to the aforementioned necklace styles that are usually worn alone, layering chain necklaces of various sizes, styles, and materials has become an increasingly major trend amongst modern-day fashioninanistas (™ Premiere Jewelry Designs). Creating a unique and personal look, wearing multilayered chain necklaces are a fabulous way to turn any everyday wardrobe into a bold and modern fashion statement.
Achieving the multilayered style is as easy as finding multiple necklaces that complement each other, and wearing them at them simultaneously. Sometimes jewelry designers will sell these multi-stranded models in a single piece, but more often than not, the wearer has the freedom to experiment with various necklace combinations and to find a group that mixture that works best with their individual fashion preferences and style.
Some of our favorite chain style necklaces include:
- The “Interlock” Necklace by Officina Bernardi
From the Italian designers at Officina Bernardi comes this wonderful multi-colored 925 sterling silver “Interlock” chain necklace. With its many chains and unique rings, this piece is great for creating the illusion that you’re wearing many necklaces, without having to worry about coordinating all that metal.
- The “Joy Expandable” Necklace from Alex and Ani
This chain style necklace, by the extremely popular designers at Alex and Ani, has been made to be able to “expand” from 21″ to 41″. This distinctive feature makes for a necklace that can match many different outfits, and that than be paired with other necklaces of any length or style.
The paradigm of prestige and glamour, nobody should be without a pearl necklace! Perfect for those inevitable-to-happen formal events, or even to just add a bit of effortless grace to any outfit, these days pearl necklaces are more affordable and available than ever and whether worn in single or with multiple strands (such as the two pictured below, both from Mikimoto), will always invoke comparisons of the wearer to Jackie O, Eartha Kitt, Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly, and other queens of women’s fashion.
While there is no accepted way to wear a pearl necklace, most stylish folks agree that they look best with the wearer’s hair in a graceful up-do, so as to guarantee that everyone gets a glimpse of those beautiful pearls!
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