The word necklace dates back from the late 1500s, and obviously it is a combined word made out of neck and lace, with the latter meaning cord, also deriving from old French `laz`.

Necklaces were originally made out of natural shells or stones, while the introduction of beads was also introduced at a later stage, as the world progressed, like the ones found in various prehistoric grave yards. Yes, necklaces date back far more than we imagine!

These charms are proof that humankind always tried to craft gorgeous ornaments which radiated beauty, or complimented with their attire of that specific time.

If you are out and about looking for that magical necklace, the one you always dreamed of but never actually pictured clearly in your mind, still lost among the glitter, well, fret not and keep reading as we will offer our assistance and guide with pleasure.

If on the other hand, you already own several necklaces but always find it difficult or sceptical to match that particular outfit, we have you covered too.

Anatomy of a Necklace

Getting acquainted about what makes a necklace, obtaining information to niche down your decisions and target your right band is essential.

So, let us go through these treble options to understand more the mechanics of a necklace:

  • Ornaments: A necklace which bears a central ornament, like a pendant or locket holds character, while statement necklaces may have many ornaments like gems, beads or sculptures.
  • Clasp: This is simply there to secure the necklace, however the forms or shapes of it are various, from lobster claw which is easy to fasten without assistance, to fish hook, toggle, or spring clasps. All these clasps though aren`t essential if the choice is a draped over-the-neck necklace, or even a Lariat which stays open-ended. Finally, there are other designs or brands depicting the clasp as meant to be worn on the front.
  • Chain: This doesn`t have to show, as generally the more the chain shows the more simplistic is the necklace, with the Festoon pendant or chunky chain necklaces standing as the exceptions. The necklace style is influenced by the colour, style and length of the chain.

Pendant versus Necklace

While a necklace doesn`t necessarily hold a pendant, however a pendant needs a chain, or a cord, to be called a pendant, while also complimenting the necklace.

There are fixed or removable pendants, and a renowned example of the latter are lockets, which usually contain a photo of loved ones, therefore they are considered as very personal intimate jewels.

Types of Necklaces

Surprisingly, there are a myriad of splendid necklaces to choose from, so we thought to list some of the most exciting from the long list of categories.

This is considered as a good cover to get conversant with the world of necklaces, however we do recommend further research, while checking reviews and comparisons. For a deeper dive, please feel free to approach us directly.

  • Chain – Coming in various metals and lengths, chains are some of the most popular globally, making them the perfect choice for single-use or layering. It is common to use the chain necklace as a solo ornament, however many chains can also hold charms or pendants.
  • How to Wear –  Stack away, or let them loose, up to you, and depending on which outfit, from sassy to classy, chains can do the trick.
  • Collar – These types, which are also called crew, are worn close to the skin and just above the collarbone, thus the name. Generally made from gold or silver, but other metals may also be utilised, while often holding spectacular gems like pearls, stones, and jewels, meant to attract the eye.
  • How to Wear – Collars add class, and sparkle especially if you`re one who love it adorned with gemstones. An off-the-shoulder shirt would also elevate the drama.
  • Choker – Many chokers are made out of metal, but we also find ribbon or velvet, while they are pretty short (14-16 inches) meant to be worn almost tight around the neck, and can hold pendants, gems or beads.
  • How to Wear –  Now, it is easy to link chokers to beach guys or even punks, but as always it depends how it is worn and with what. Keep in mind that chokers added grace and enhancement to the wardrobe of monarchs.
  • Locket – As aforementioned, these are seen as very intimate and personal necklaces, usually holding a photo or an emotional note, and may be passed from generation to generation. Lockets vary from simple to complex shapes.
  • How to Wear – Lockets are meant to be seen on their own, so avoid layering with other necklaces, while we suggest you wear a solid or black colour to emphasise the locket.
  • Pendant – Many necklaces can be called pendants, if they feature the focal point, which is the pendant of course. One of the most popular types of necklaces, highly adaptable to any attire or event.
  • How to Wear – In general pendants work better on taller people, so if you`re say below 5`4” it may seem overwhelming. If you`re on the shorter side we recommend a pendant which sits above your collarbone.

As previously mentioned, we covered the classics in detail, but the types of necklaces list go on. Therefore, to enable you explore further here are the technical names:

  • Bib
  • Princess
  • Opera
  • Festoon
  • Lavalier
  • Matinee
  • Lariat
  • Plastron
  • Statement
  • Torque
  • Riviere
  • Sautoir
  • Twisted
  • Religious

In Conclusion

Throughout time, necklaces served as ceremonial, religious, or for magical purposes, while also portraying wealth and status.

The cord or lace forming a necklace is a one-piece bond, just like the love which bonds a couple, or parents with siblings. Thus, necklaces are often given as a gift of eternal love in this sense, however as we saw, there exist various necklaces for different occasions.

Ultimately, no matter from which viewing point or angle we try to look at necklaces, they remain a beautiful ornament, each one telling a particular story.