Types of Necklaces
Necklaces can be worn every day or reserved for special occasions, depending on their design. We have a selection of different necklaces at ICONIC, ranging from elegant diamond necklaces to thin dainty necklaces with pendants. We also offer personalized necklaces and can design a custom necklace according to your specifications. But with so many unique necklaces to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start.
Find out more about the various necklace lengths, pendant styles, and chain types below so that you can make an informed buyer’s decision.
A pendant necklace features a small piece of jewelry suspended from a single strand or chain, usually by a small loop or jump ring. Diamond solitaire pendants are a popular choice, but so are pendants set with birthstones and other colored gems. A pendant necklace, therefore, makes an ideal gift for loved ones on birthdays and anniversaries.
Chains for pendant necklaces range from simple silver or gold chains to thick interwoven strands that pair well with chunkier pendants. Thus, a pendant necklace offers the wearer versatility and can be a stunning accent on its own or layered with other pendants.
A pearl necklace is always a classic and timeless choice. Pearl necklaces feature single or multiple rows of pearls, either uniform in size or graduated. Pearl necklaces are the epitome of class and are associated with old-world status and prestige. They are the perfect match for a little black dress or a nice accent for office wear.
A chain necklace consists of a series of metal links. Perfect on their own or with a pendant, chain necklaces come in a variety of different styles, metals, lengths, and widths.
Similar to chains, link necklaces are made up of interconnected metal links. However, the links on a link necklace tend to be much larger and may feature non-metal accents.
The collar necklace is a wide style of necklace that lies flat over the collar bone or the base of the neck. This type of necklace often takes the place of a collar on a shirt (hence the name) and can instantly transform a casual outfit into something a bit more formal.
A choker necklace is characterized by its short length, which allows it to wrap closely around the neck. Similar to a collar necklace, these types of necklaces are a great accent to high-collared tops and dresses.
Like a tennis bracelet, a tennis necklace features a continuous and complete strand of diamonds or gemstones encircling the entire neckline. The diamonds in a tennis necklace are generally uniform in size, but they can be large or small, depending on the design. Due to their glamorous appeal, tennis necklaces are one of the most popular styles for diamond necklaces.
The Riviera necklace is another style of diamond necklace that features a single strand of diamonds or gemstones. However, unlike the tennis necklace, this type of necklace features stones that are graduated in size, from the largest in the front center to the smallest in the back.
A bar necklace consists of a horizontal metal bar joined by a matching chain on either side. They are custom necklaces because the bar pendant can be engraved with a name, date, or message with special significance to the wearer. Thus, they make excellent gifts for commemorating special milestones and events such as anniversaries or birthdays.
Necklaces come in a variety of lengths. Some lengths are typical for a specific style and wear well with a particular neckline. For example, chokers are characterized by their short length that pairs well with open collar shirts, while longer necklaces are better suited to turtlenecks and high-collar dresses. Use our necklace length guide below to help you find the right necklace length for any outfit or occasion.
Collar necklace chains sit just above the collarbone.
Princess-length necklaces sit at or just below the collarbone and are an ideal length for an elegant diamond necklace or a chain with a solitaire pendant.
Choker necklace chains sit at the hollow of the neckline just above the collarbone.
Necklaces that are longer than the opera length are known as rope-length necklaces.
Typically, opera-length necklaces sit on the breastbone. This length can be worn as a single or double-strand necklace with one longer and one shorter strand for a tiered look.
Matinee necklaces sit well below the average neckline, making them excellent for layering with shorter necklace lengths.
Besides the various styles and lengths, necklaces also come in a wide variety of chains. We will explore the different types of chains below.
Cable chains are a common style of chain necklace made from a series of identical oval links. Cable chains look great with pendants and work well as the foundation chain for a charm necklace.
Omega chains consist of flat metal plates connected to a wire inside the chain. The underlying structure of this chain can kink and bend easily, making them less durable than most other types of chains. Therefore, they are not recommended for long necklaces and are typically worn as chokers.
Snake chains are made up of a sequence of small, tightly woven rings or plates that form a smooth, sleek chain. These look good on their own as gold chains but can also be paired with pendants.
Flat Link Chain
Flat link chains are made up of basic round links that have been hammered flat.
Box chains consist of a series of cubed links. This style of chain is popular for men and women and can be worn with or without a pendant.
ll chains consist of a strand of round metal beads or balls that are fixed along the chain. They are sometimes worn with pendants but are typically seen without them.
Wheat chains consist of twisted oval links in a plait formation, giving them durability and strength