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Necklace Buying Tips

Updated on May 24, 2013

Necklace is an important part of any dressing. So, understanding its basics will definitely help at the time of its purchase. If a buyer has an idea that what kind of necklace will look good on her, then it will without doubt make her selection task easier, faster and enjoyable.

Things to Consider

It is important to consider following aspects while choosing a necklace:

  1. Body Structure of the person
  2. Type of occasion
  3. Kind of dress

1) Body Structure

  • A light-weight and delicate necklace blends really well with a skinny and slight body frame. On the contrary, a chunky necklace - with bright and big gemstones in it - looks good on a bulky body.

Delicate (left) and Heavy (right) Necklaces
Delicate (left) and Heavy (right) Necklaces
  • It must be kept in mind that choker looks good on a long and slender neck, but should be avoided on broad and short neck. In fact, choker covers a short neck to such an extent that it creates an illusion of wearer being of shorter height.

Angelina Jolie highlighting her slender neck with Diamond Choker
Angelina Jolie highlighting her slender neck with Diamond Choker

2) Type of Occasion

  • Choker and collar necklaces are little heavy and dressy, so these should be considered on traditional occasions only, and should be avoided in formal events. Read more about different types of necklaces.
  • Long necklaces - like Opera or Lariate - can be worn on both formal and casual occasions, and add a glamor quotient to the overall personality. These necklaces can be wrapped around the neck in any creative manner, and the result is - unique and eye-grabbing look.

Lariate Wrapping Styles
Lariate Wrapping Styles

3) Kind of Dress

Knowing in advance, that what kind of dress will be worn with necklace, helps in choosing a perfect piece.

  • If it's an off-shoulder or a deep-neckline dress, then choker or collar necklace will blend beautifully with it. But, these necklaces will not suit on a high neckline dress.

Choker on off-shoulder dress
Choker on off-shoulder dress
  • Evening gown can be complemented with a collar necklace, while a traditional and ethnic wear will go well with a choker.
  • Opera and Lariate look wonderful on a high neckline dress.
  • If someone wants to play around with a pearl or gemstone bead string, then remember that color of the string should be in contrast to the color of dress. This will augment the visibility and beauty of the string.

Pearl String (left) and Gemstones Strands (right)
Pearl String (left) and Gemstones Strands (right)

Check the tabular summary of above-mentioned selection criteria:

Necklace Choice Matrix
Necklace Choice Matrix

Want to Play Safe?

There are many people who are not sure about which style will suite them. So, for them princess necklace will be the safest option. It looks good on every type of body, and perfectly suits formal as well as casual events.

Joanna Page with Princess Necklace
Joanna Page with Princess Necklace

Also, at times people are not aware or well-verse with latest trends, but still look for something girly that can be worn day-in and day-out. In that case, they can look into different alternatives - like heart necklace, flower necklace, cross-pendant necklace, horse-shoe necklace, circle necklace and 3-stone necklace. These necklaces are good options for everyday wear and blend with most of the outfits.

3-Stone Necklace and Heart Necklace
3-Stone Necklace and Heart Necklace

So, keeping these selection aspects in mind, buyers can beyond any doubt reduce the chances of being returning unhappy or dis-satisfied with their necklace purchase.


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