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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.