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Teenage Necklace Styles

Teenagers will choose necklaces that will be delicate or big and powerful. This is a decision that each person would make. You can wear the necklace that will make a bling statement that everyone will see and will be a major part of the outfit. The nice thing about the bling necklaces is that you can wear it with simple clothing and have everyone’s eyes go right to the piece of jewelry.¬†For a daintier look with the softer looking pieces of fashion, wearing the single chain with a little delicate charm will give you the look that you are trying to achieve.

One of the most popular types of necklaces is the personalized name one with your name on.  These come with and without small stones in them.

The other popular type of necklace is the friendship necklace, where each one of the friend will wear a part of the chain and the charms will intertwine. This is really popular when you are dating someone.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money on your jewelry but you will want to pick great pieces out to start your jewelry collection and make the statements that you want to make when you wear it. You will keep adding to it over the next years but you will want some great pieces to start out with.

Important Bridal Jewellery

Bridal jewellery should be chosen with as much care as your dress. Here are a few tips for selecting the perfect bridal necklace for UK brides.

  • Only purchase wedding jewellery from sources that have a reasonable return and/or refund policy. That deep-discount necklace on the Internet isn’t really a bargain if you can’t return or exchange it.
  • Try on your bridal jewellery necklace with your entire ensemble, including headpiece and veil, if you’re wearing one. Then take a long, critical look.
  • You might want to consider not wearing a necklace if your dress is highly embellished with beads, lace or rhinestones. Try to avoid a look that’s too busy. Opt for a subtle hint of colour from pastel coloured stones.
  • Include traditional pearl bridal jewellery or family heirloom jewellery in your look. Why not borrow a necklace from your mother or favourite aunt or include gold jewellery or silver jewellery that belonged to a grandmother? This is less expensive than investing in bridal necklaces or designer jewellery.
  • Be sure your necklace compliments the style and cut of your dress. For a strapless dress, draw attention up to your face with a glittering choker. A solitaire or Y-necklace is great with a V-neck or bateau.
  • Coordinate your necklace jewellery for brides with the embellishments on your dress or headpiece. For sequin or crystal embellishments, choose diamonds, real or faux, as your budget allows. For beaded embellishments, choose pearls, again, real or faux.
  • Opt for an elegant look by wearing a simple but elegant tennis bracelet over long gloves with simple styling. Pearls will work well if you’re not wearing gloves.

Cubic Zirconia Station Necklace

Layered cubic zirconia chain necklaces are all about relaxed glamour created by multiple strands of differing lengths. Draping beautifully around the neck, you will see this sparkling CZ jewelry look in both casual and red carpet situations. There are two ways to achieve the layered cubic zirconia chain necklace style. Both ways feature long “station chains” where you have a sterling silver or gold chain punctuated every 1-3 inches by a cubic zirconia gemstone. This CZ gemstone detail, often round and bezel set, goes all the way around the length of the dainty necklace. Because of the number and breadth of stones, this layered style of necklace makes a stunning visual impact.

The first way to wear a shimmering layered CZ necklace look is by selecting one or more different necklaces of varying lengths. Mix station chains with some hanging close to the neck and others at the chest or even waist level. You may also combine CZ station necklaces with other types of chains. This is a great look because you have the flexibility to adjust the necklaces to best accent your outfit and neckline. Longer necklaces can be worn as is, or wrapped one or more times around the neck.

Another way to achieve the multilayer necklace look is with a pre-layered single necklace comprised of several strands secured together at the clasp. In this style, you are wearing one necklace, but it contains 2-8 gemstone studded chains. Each chain falls at a different length and gives the impression of wearing multiple dazzling CZ necklaces.

Build a Jewelry Wardrobe

Pendant A pendant is the name of the ornament or charm that hangs down from the necklace which can be made from any type of chain or solid material.

Negligee This is a style of pendant or necklace that has two drops suspended from the chain, usually unevenly, from unequal lengths of the chain while they are joined to a small gem-set plaque.

Locket The locket is a favorite for young and old alike. It may be in any shape such as a circle or heart that opens to reveal one or two pictures placed inside.

Riviere This is a short necklace that is most often made with diamonds but can be made with other gemstones. The stones are of graduated size which increase to the center and may, or may not, have a large center stone or feature piece. Some Riviere necklaces are also made of equally sized stones. Either style is made from linked collet settings.

Y-Shaped Formed into the familiar “Y” shape, the necklace gets its name from the dangle in the front that forms the bottom of the letter.

Sautoir This is a long strand of pearls or beads that will often end with a pendant or a tassel.

Lavaliere Made from smaller stones, the necklace has a single stone that is large hanging from the front.

Bolo While the bolo is traditionally made from a braided leather loop that is worn around the neck with an ornamental slide that fastens the two sides together, it is also used to craft some elaborate necklaces from diamonds and other gemstones. The bolo is a popular piece for those who enjoy Western Wear as well as the more modern fashion divas.

Collarette The collarette is a short necklace that has flowing or draped ornaments in the front. The necklace itself is usually designed from beads or jewels as well.

Lariat A lariat is a long, beaded or decorated chain designed to be doubled and looped around the neck. Lariats are versatile and can be worn a variety of ways, and often have decorative elements or fringe at the end.

There are many other styles of necklaces made from the simplest materials as well as those that are drenched in carats of glittering beauty. This is a piece of jewelry that is familiar to women and men in many countries and cultures and is enjoyed by all.

Choosing Pearl Necklaces

Pearls are rarer when they are produced naturally but while cultured pearls are quite affordable, their quality is in no way inferior to that of natural pearls. To an untrained eye, it is very difficult to tell a natural pearl from its cultured cousin. The only way to differentiate is probably to use x-ray where a ‘nucleus’ will be spotted in the cultured variety.

Some of the more common types of pearls used in necklaces are Mikimoto, Akoya, Tahitian and South Sea Pearls. Mikimoto is the highest quality pearls and come in different colors. Akoya pearls often come in white, cream or silver while Tahitian and South Sea pearls have darker colors. Saltwater pearls are more expensive than freshwater pearls.

Choosing pearl necklace lengths
Choosing the right length of pearl necklace depends upon the wearer’s age, neck size and overall body composition. In general, long necklaces tend to elongate the neck and draw attention away from it, as opposed to shorter-length ones which flatter longer necks. Here are the different lengths of pearl necklaces recommended for every woman’s unique need:

Collar – typically 10 to 13 inches long and are quite flexible either for evening wear or casual day wear. These are worn high on the neck, above the base. Another style is the dog collar, which is made of several strands, quite popular in the Victorian era and slowly making a comeback.

Choker – 16 to 18 inches long, chokers surround the base of the neck. A good choice for ladies with long, thin necks because chokers can de-emphasize the throat’s length.

Princess – at 17 to 20 inches long, this is the most popular length, classic enough to match any outfit or neckline.

Matinee – 20 to 24 inches long. These work well worn with dresses, business suits and corporate wear and are a great choice for occasions requiring semi-formal wear.

Opera – 28 to 34 inches long, usually worn during formal events and occasions. Because of its length, this pearl necklace may be doubled to form two strands. When worn as is, it should ideally reach below the bust line.

Rope or sautoir – the longest, starting at 37 inches, worn best with pantsuits. Rope-length pearls don’t have to hang from the wearer’s neck alone. They could be doubled or knotted for more style flexibility. Some even come with multiple clasps, which allow the wearer to use the necklace in shorter lengths.

Short necks will do well wearing pearl strands that sit at least 2″ below the collarbone while thick or heavy necks will look good in graduated chains with lengths beginning at 18″. Long thin necks are flattered by shorter lengths, especially those that sit at the base of neck, following the curve of the throat.

Fleshy necks look better in necklaces that lie below the base, especially if the strand is segmented or comes with a square, rectangular or any pointed pendant. Necks that are wide at the base need necklaces that are at least 1″ below the collarbone or longer strands.

Other pearl necklace styles

Other styles of pearl necklaces are the bib which, as the name implies, covers the base of the neck and the upper part of the chest in several strands of varying lengths. Another option is the graduated necklace which consists of pearls in graduated lengths, usually with the biggest pearl/s in the middle. A popular style is the uniform necklace where pearls of similar size are strung together.

Choosing pearl colors and size

While white, cream, pink or silver pearls generally will look good on anyone, they can best enhance fairer skin. Gold or yellow pearls will look best on darker-toned skin.

Generally, younger women should wear smaller pearls. At this point in their lives, they could show off their youthful necks with smaller-sized chains and pendants. Older women may want to use longer-length pearl necklaces to draw attention away from their necks. They can also wear bigger pearls with wider, double- or triple-strand chains.