An easy way to add glam and style
A well chosen necklace, like a great pair of shoes, can make an outfit shine.
After a brief period of “bare-neckedness” at award shows and movie premieres, necklaces are again gracing the throats of stylish celebrities. But with so much variety to choose from, it can be hard to add the right touch to your outfit without knowing the basics.
Necklace Anatomy 101
Chokers sit at mid-neck or slightly below, while collars are slightly longer and sit at the base of the neck. The most versatile necklace style, however, is the princess length which rests just below the throat. If you want to go longer for extra glamour, matinee necklaces will grace the top of the bust and opera necklaces will fall below.
The Importance of the Neckline
The golden rule of necklaces is to mirror your neckline with your jewelry. For a glamorous soiree where you plan to wear a strapless or off-the-shoulder evening dress, consider a diamond necklace in a collar or princess length, a classic diamond pendant (see below) or even a classic pearl choker. A dinner party might see you wearing a long opera-length gold necklace to accentuate a high neckline, or a tiered necklace for more style points.
At the office, try a chunky beaded necklace or a more casual tiered gold necklace to add interest to your jackets and blouses, and complement a wide V-neck or boatneck sweater with a leather choker or more elegant silver choker.
And don’t forget, you don’t always have to do a necklace. For difficult necklines, like halters, consider a chandelier or drop earring or even a gold ankle bracelet to complement your look and give you an extra touch of glamour.
More Hot Looks
- A diamond solitaire pendant is timeless. Elegant and simple in a princess length, it is versatile enough for the opera or a baseball game, or choose a longer or shorter chain depending on your neckline. More about Diamond Pendants
A diamond solitaire pendant is timeless. Elegant and simple in a princess length, it is versatile enough for the opera or a baseball game, or choose a longer or shorter chain depending on your neckline. More affordable than a diamond necklace, pendants also allow for a greater sense of individual style.
Regardless of color, clarity, cut or carat, you can wear a piece that has special meaning to you. Your personal diamond initial pendant, a heart shaped pendant for love, or a simple diamond circle pendant signifying eternity are all classic choices, as is a traditional cross pendant. You can also mix diamonds with other gems, such as an emerald or ruby pendant, or whatever your birthstone happens to be. Or, choose a basic silver or gold pendant complemented with smaller diamonds for a more affordable option.
While diamond pendants can be pricy, shopping online can be a great way to find deals on elegant pieces. Wholesale diamond jewelry retailers can past overhead and inventory savings onto you – just make sure you find a reputable online merchandiser.