Don’t think that necklaces are just a piece of circular jewelry that you tie around your neck. There are many types and designs of necklaces suitable for different events and settings.
Chokers are called so because the necklace sits snugly right against the neck. They were at the height of their popularity in the 90’s but has since been brought back. Nowadays, there are so many styles and varieties of chokers from lace, velvet, leather, satin, to diamond. The choker design is very similar to collar necklaces as they are both placed right on the neck and above the collarbones or décolletage.
Princess necklace is a tad longer than the choker or the collar necklaces. They sit just below the collarbones but does not dangle or move around upon wearing it. They are labeled as a princess necklace due to their opulent appearance. Often encrusted with shiny diamonds and precious gemstones, they are perfect for any formal events.
Also known as opera necklace, multi-layered necklaces cascade all the way down to the chest area. When not worn in a layered style, opera necklaces would sometimes reach the belly button area. If it’s not possible to layer the opera necklace by itself, you can give some contrast by wearing a choker and a shorter princess-style or matinee necklace.
Pendant necklaces are considered the most classic style of neck jewelry. A pendant, usually made with a gemstone or jewel, hang from a chain made of gold, silver, of platinum. The most popular gems used for pendant necklaces are quartz, diamond, ruby, topaz, garnet, crystal, and emerald.
Pearl necklace was popularized decades ago by designer Coco Chanel and then actress Audrey Hepburn. They are available in many layer designs; choose the single layer pearl necklace for a classic touch or go all the way with the three-layer pearl necklace for something more extravagant. Pearl necklaces are also available in the opera or matinee form.
Necklace Styling Guide
Before you choose the type of necklace you want to wear for the day, pay attention to the neckline of your top or dress. If you’re planning to wear a V-neck top, opt for a shorter necklace like the matinee or the princess necklace. Avoid wearing the opera or multi-layered necklace with the V-neck.
Then, consider the type of event you’re going to. For an everyday look, choose a simple necklace with minimal gemstones. For a ball, charity event, awards, and other events that require serious glowing up, you can opt for a bold necklace like the pearl opera necklace, diamond-encrusted chokers, or pendant emerald necklace.