The 6 Necklace Styles That All Jewelry Lovers Should Own

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Americans spent over $80 billion on jewelry in 2018.

Necklaces enhance the look of an outfit. They also make wonderful investments, as jewelry can remain trendy for decades.

If you’re shopping around for a necklace that you’ll keep wearing for years to come, here’s our guide on six necklace styles you should own.

Classic Necklace Styles

Whether you’re looking to add a little sparkle to your wardrobe or something layered, there’s a necklace that fits. A necklace doesn’t need an extravagant price tag to be stylish either. Some of the most classic necklaces are inexpensive.

1. Charm Choker

Chokers and charm necklaces have long been popular. A choker accentuates a slender throat. Dangling charms add a pop of color and personality to any necklace.

The Women’s Choker with Stars is a thin, golden chain with tiny stars dangling from it. It has a delicate celestial style to it that will match any outfit.

2. Pearl Necklace

The pearl necklace is a timeless classic worn throughout the ages. Whether you want to accent a formal outfit or are dressing up a more casual look, pearl necklaces can do it all.

As jewelry trends come and go, the pearl necklace has stood the test of time. Pearls even look great on a laid back outfit like jeans and a t-shirt.

The Classic Pearl Beaded Necklace comes in three colors: white, pink, and purple.

3. Layered Necklace

A layered necklace helps add depth to any outfit. Most layered necklaces have three interlocked chains of different sizes or designs.

If you’re looking for a layered necklace that looks delicate, then the Women’s Minimalist Layered Necklace is for you. It comes in either silver or gold.

4. Pendant Necklace

Pendant necklaces will never go out of style. A pendant necklace can hang at whatever chain length you prefer. The pendant that hangs from the chain varies in size and decoration.

Try coupling natural white jade with a pendant necklace for a stunning effect. The Natural White Jade Silver Peacock Pendant is a beautiful piece that will add elegance to any outfit.

5. Box Chain

If you’re a minimalist at heart or don’t feel comfortable wearing flashy necklaces, then a simple box chain necklace is perfect for you. These necklaces are usually medium in length and rest near the collarbone.

The 100% Genuine 925 Sterling Silver Box Chain Necklace for Women is simple but pretty. It comes in three colors: gold, white, and rose.

6. Bead Necklace

Bead necklaces are easy to accessorize and can be as colorful or plain as you want. Whether you want small beads or chunky beads, there’s a wide variety to choose from.

Honorable Mentions

There are several necklaces that, while maybe not as classic as the ones listed, still deserve a mention. The following necklaces are popular and stylish, and you shouldn’t hesitate to buy one of these either.

1. Luxe Shells

These classic seashells were a staple of 90’s fashion. Fashion trends never die, they simply come and go.

Luxe shell necklaces are once again making a comeback. While they won’t look good with a formal or business outfit, this jewelry is perfect for a casual outing. A luxe shell necklace is a brilliant way to add a little bit of nautical flair to your outfit.

2. Long Chain Necklace

Long, golden chain necklaces were another huge trend in the early ’90s. The fashion world can’t seem to ever let anything from the ’90s go, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that long gold chain necklaces are big again.

Whether you want a delicate chain or a chunky interlocking chain necklace, there’s a style to suit everyone.

3. Layered Medallions

Coin necklaces were popular in the late ’80s and ’90s, and now they’re a thing once more. To make the style more modern, layer several medallion necklaces and vary their length.

This look pops with personality and gives you a chance to show off a medallion you’ve collected on your travels.

4. Lariat Necklace

A lariat necklace is sometimes called a rope or Y-necklace. It gets this name because this style of necklace doesn’t have a clasp. Instead, one end of the necklace pulls through a circular finding.

A lariat necklace varies in length, but most are long enough to rest near the navel.

5. Locket Necklace

This type of necklace is not to be confused with the pendant. The purpose of a locket is to hold something, like a tiny picture or a locket of hair.

Locket necklaces have been popular for a long time. They gained prominence in Victorian England when women would wear a picture of loved ones inside the locket.

Symbolic Meanings

Necklaces are beautiful decorations for the body but are also a great way to communicate something about yourself to the world. A necklace can express wealth, affiliation, prestige, hobby, skill set, or other elements of your identity.

This is why necklaces have evolved over the centuries. Each century and culture have placed value on different types of necklaces. 

While you shop around for your necklace, consider what style you like the most, as well as if there is something about yourself you want to convey through the necklace.

Glam up With New Necklace Styles

Necklaces are as varied as people. You can find short or long necklaces, minimalistic, or gauche. There are necklaces that are conservative and classic, and others that are decorative and flamboyant.

There are many necklace styles to choose from. We hope this guide helped give you an idea for the next necklace you want to buy! 

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