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What Are The Different Types Of Necklaces?

What Are The Different Types Of Necklaces?

What Are The Different Types Of Necklaces?

There are so many beautiful necklaces to choose from, and the variety of styles and colors on offer means you are certain to find something you like. Many of us choose a necklace just because we like it, without thinking about the type of necklace it is or its name. To clear up confusion, here are some of the most popular types of necklaces.

Chain Necklace

Chain Necklace

Chain necklaces are very popular and are available in single strands or multi-strands of chains. It is typically the first necklace we wear, and many necklaces in this style are given as gifts. Popular pendants on a chain necklace include a religious symbol, an initial, a precious or semi-precious stone, a cute animal charm, or another charm, such as a star or a locket. Chain necklaces are usually available in gold, silver, platinum or white gold. Gold is one of the most popular metals for chains, but they are also available in less expensive metals.

Choker Necklace

Choker necklaces are one of the earliest types of necklaces. They were worn closely around the neck as a fabric or velvet ribbon with a precious stone or charm attached. Choker necklaces are still popular today and come in many varieties.

Graduated Necklace

Graduated necklaces are also very popular and were often given as gifts. Think of that string of pearls that was a favorite of your grandmother, and you will understand what a graduated necklace looks like. In addition to pearls, graduated necklaces are available in many other precious or semi-precious stones, and they often become family heirlooms.

Multi-Colored Beaded Necklace

Multi-colored beaded necklaces are great to have in your jewelry collection. They are not very costly and you can have a variety of them. They are usually made from multiple strands of brightly colored beads threaded onto a leather cord that is secured with a slipknot. These are informal and will suit party outfits or days out at the beach. Brighter colors can be chosen to brighten up a darker, more formal outfit.

Princess Necklace

Rhinestone Necklace

Who doesn’t want to own a princess necklace? Princess necklaces are often modeled on designs of antique necklaces made from diamonds and sapphires. They are still available in these precious stones, but there are many more inexpensive examples now available. These incorporate imitation stones such as cubic zirconia or other jewels, such as this Rhinestone Necklace. They can be a single strand graduating to a larger stone in the center, or they can incorporate a bib-type style with a design of encrusted stones that are highly reflective. They are often the choice of a bride on her wedding day or to wear for a sparkly night out. 

Torque Necklace

A torque necklace has a contemporary, modern look and is popular with women who like their clothing minimal and unfussy. Based on ancient designs, a torque necklace is a simply designed strip of curved precious metal with no fastening at the back that just sits around the neckline. This classic design is popular in gold, silver and bronze and is a great accessory for a cocktail dress.

Opera Necklace

An opera necklace is longer in length and can be combined with a number of other necklaces to provide a unique look. Opera necklaces are available as rows of pearls or a long chain that has a pendant, like this Acetate Oval Metal Edge Pendant Necklace. Opera necklaces look lovely combined with a simple sweater or a fitted evening dress.

Acetate Oval Metal Edge Pendant Necklace

Lariat necklace

A lariat necklace doesn’t have a fastening. It is simply placed around the neck, and the pendant drops into a loop into the necklace itself to create the fastening. A lariat necklace tends to be longer in length and sits just below the bustline.

Bib Necklace

As the name suggests, a bib necklace looks like a child’s bib in shape. The design is featured in the front of the necklace and is usually quite wide. The bib necklace takes its inspiration from ancient designs of necklaces filled with precious or semi-precious stones. Today’s bib necklaces can be made from semi-precious stones or simple beadwork. A bib necklace can make an otherwise plain outfit look expensive. The bib necklace's intricate design means it looks better with a plain outfit or low neckline to show off its beauty.

There are many different types of necklace designs, and we often just limit ourselves to one or two favorites. We hope our necklace guide has encouraged you to try some different designs for your next outfit.