NECKLACE BUYING GUIDE

Necklaces are stunning additions to any wardrobe, with trends and styles that continue to evolve. Ranging from traditional pendant necklaces to longer necklace chains, there’s a necklace for every type of style and occasion. There are many different types of necklaces and necklace styles in our jewelry collection. Our jewelry guide will help you with buying a necklace by describing important attributes such as design, necklace length, and chain type.


Types of Necklaces

Ranging from elegant diamond necklaces to thin dainty necklaces with pendants, necklaces can be ideal for everyday wear or reserved for special occasions depending on their style. A solitaire pendant featuring a favorite gemstone in her favorite color makes an ideal gift for a loved one. But how do you choose the right necklaces? There are several factors to consider include style, length, metal, gemstones, and chain type. We offer personalized necklaces and can make a custom necklace to suit your needs.  

Find out more about the various styles before buying a necklace to be sure you get exactly what you want.

Pendant

Pendant Styles

A pendant necklace features a small piece of jewelry suspended from a single strand or chain, usually by a small loop. A ruby pendant or diamond pendant are popular choices for pendant necklaces. The chain can range from simple gold chains to thicker interwoven necklace strands for chunkier pendants. A pendant necklace can be a stunning simple accent or can be a funky accessory featuring several different pendants at the same time.

Pearl

Pearl Strands 

A pearl necklace is always a classic and timeless choice. Pearl necklaces feature a single row of matched pearls, either uniform in size or graduated. Pearl necklaces are a classical tradition often worn by the aristocracy in society. They are the perfect match for a little black dress or a nice accent for office wear.

chain

Chains

A chain necklace is a necklace consisting of a series of connected metal links. Fine metal chains come in a variety of styles and widths. Perfect on their own or with a pendant, a chain necklace can come in different metals and necklace lengths.

Link

Similar to chains, link necklaces are made up of connected links. However, links tend to be much larger and may feature non-metal accents.

Collar

Collar Necklaces

The collar necklace is a wide necklace style that lies flat over the collar bone or base of the neck. This can be a diamond necklace, a chain necklace, or a link necklace.

choker

Choker Necklaces

A choker necklace is suitable for those with long, slim necks. Chokers are a type of necklace characterized for their short length that allows them to wrap closely around the neck. These types of necklaces are a great accent to high collared tops and dresses.

Tennis

Tennis Necklace

Like a tennis bracelet, a tennis necklace is a diamond necklace featuring a fixed row of matched diamonds or gemstones. This is the most common choice among the various diamond necklaces.

Riviera

Riviera Necklace

A Rivera features a diamond necklace style that features a single strand of diamonds or gemstones that are graduated in size, from largest in the front center to smallest in the back.

Riviera

Bar Necklace

Bar styles are usually personalized pieces that commemorate a special event in your life like an anniversary or birthday. The bar pendant can be engraved with a personal message like an inspirational quote or a special date.


Necklace Lengths

Necklaces come in a wide variety of styles and several of those styles come in different lengths too. Necklaces can be worn at different lengths to suit whatever neckline outfit you are wearing. Collar necklaces are the shortest and wear well with open collar shits while longer necklaces are a beautiful accent to turtlenecks and high-collar dresses. Read on to find out more.

Collar Length

Collar necklaces fit snug around the neck.

Princess Length

The princess length style of necklace sits at or just below the collarbone and is a good basic length for an elegant tennis diamond necklace

Choker Length

Choker necklace chains sit at the hollow of the neckline just above the collarbone.

Rope Length

Chains any longer than opera length are known as rope necklace length.

Opera Length

Typically the opera-length necklace sits at the breastbone. Can be worn as a single or double-strand with one loner and shorter strand combined for a tiered look.

Matinee Length

Matinee necklaces sit well below the average neckline


Types of Chains

Similar to various styles and lengths, necklaces can also come in a wide variety of chains as well. Let’s explore the different types of chains:

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Cable Chain

Cable chains are a common chain necklace style made of a series of identical oval interconnected links and they work well with pendants.

Omega Chain

Omega chains are made of flat metal interconnected segments. These segments kink and bend, making them less durable than most other types of chains and are typically worn as chokers.

Snake Chain

Snake chains are made up of a sequence of small rings or plates that are connected tightly together to form a smooth, sleek chain. These look good alone in bright polished gold and with pendants.

Flat Link Chain

Flat link chains use a basic round link chain connecting soldered flat round links.

Box Chain

Box chains consist of square links connected to make a continuous smooth chain and are popular for both genders.

Ball Chain

Ball chains consist of strands of beads or balls and best suit pendants.

Wheat Chain

Wheat chains consist of twisted oval links in a plait formation which gives them durability and strength. A wheat chain rose gold necklace suits many women as does yellow gold chains, especially on darker skin tones.


Frequently Asked Questions

If you are planning to layer your necklaces, we would suggest that you wear at least three and they should all be of different lengths and feature different thicknesses. You should always stick to one type of metal, for example, gold necklaces but you could consider a pendant if you want to add some color or variety. To make layering even easier, there are some necklaces that are already tiered and feature several chains and pendants. They have one clasp making it easier for the wearer to just think about putting on one accessory.
There are several ways that you can store necklaces with the ideal method being to keep them in the box in which they were purchased. Alternatively, you buy a jewelry organizer, or a cheaper option would be to hang them from a key holder which could be above your dresser. Other options include hanging over teacups and or feeding them through a plastic straw. If possible, it’s best to keep necklaces stretch out to prevent the links from getting tangled.
One of the most effective ways of cleaning a silver necklace is to use white vinegar and baking soda. Leave to soak for 2-3 hours, rinse under cold water and allow to air dry. Alternatively, you could soak them in warm, soapy water for 2-3 minutes and gently scrub with a soft brush, rinse and dry with a microfiber cloth. If you’re uncertain and want to ensure the integrity of your necklace, you can also buy silver cleaner online and follow the product instructions.
Start by unclasping the chain and laying it flat and straight on a solid surface such as a table. Using a ruler or tape measure, measure the chain in inches, excluding any pendant. In addition to this information, you make also want to know your own neck size, which can be measured by gently placing a tape measure around the neck. For the ideal chain length, you should then add two inches to ensure that it is comfortable.
A 14k gold necklace will weigh 20 grams. To find its value, you will need to find the daily gold price and then calculate how much 20 grams is worth on that day. You should then reduce this price by 20-30% to allow for the impurities. However, this is only the gold value; the value of the necklace may be more depending on the craftsmanship and intricacy of the necklace as well as the artisans who created it.
For a comfortable choker necklace, add two inches to whatever your neck measurement is. A good rule of thumb is adding around four inches to your neck measurement for a generally good fit and length for an average pendant necklace. If you have other necklaces you can measure them to get a good gauge for finding the best length for you.
Popularity is not enduring, it changes with trends. Check out our classic range of necklaces. If you want something that is timeless it’s good to invest in a classic piece like a diamond pendant, a classic chain, or a strand of pearls. Than you have a go-to accessory that you switch up with your other trendier necklaces.
When selecting the correct chain length for your necklace it is important to consider such features as your neck, your height, your body type, and your face shape as certain lengths are best suited to certain features.
When buying a necklace, one of the most common lengths is the 18 inch for women. This length sits elegantly on the collarbone.
You can go to a jeweler who will remove links to adjust the necklace to the desired length.
When selecting the correct chain length for your necklace it is important to consider such features as your neck, your height, your body type, and your face shape. You can even take your clothes into consideration for this.
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to your earrings and necklaces. While some people like to wear matching jewelry sets, some consider this more old-fashioned with more contemporary trends mixing jewelry pieces instead. It really depends on your style. Some women prefer classic matching sets while others are more adventurous and like to mix and match jewelry for a unique look.