Necklaces have been a cherished jewelry item for over 25,000 years, evolving from ancient ceremonial chains to a beloved companion for almost every ensemble. In the modern-day, this staple piece continues to be a favorite contender for most jewelry collections, offering a versatile solution in touching up your outfit, refining the neck, and showcasing all your best features.
The Diamond room team can assist you in finding the perfect necklace to suit individual tastes and compliment any occasion. Our showroom offers a range of prized selections from timeless golden chains to bespoke customized pendants, creating a unique and flawless finish. If you’re on the hunt for a new necklace or even just browsing, follow our 8 golden rules in things to consider before making your next purchase…
1. Necklaces should focus on your features
The most important rule of necklace shopping is to consider your facial features. Our bodies are a canvas of both perfections and flaws, mapped out in skin tone, bone structure, and birthmarks. This collection of features makes us unique and can be enhanced or obscured when paired with specific styles, shapes, and necklace designs.
Necklaces are carefully designed to accentuate the area where they fall, creating a focal point to enhance beauty. Focusing on the neckline and the bust, many customers fall victim to the belief that only your face and chest should be considered when purchasing a new necklace. However, your overall structure and shape, such as your height and figure, can play a key role in determining which styles are more likely to make you shine.
2. Measure your neck for the perfect fit
Before committing to golden chains or elegant pendants, it is crucial to consider the size of your neck and how this will work with the desired style and design. Create an ideal fit by measuring from the throat to your nape, softly wrapping the tape measure around to receive an accurate figure. For pendants that cascade from the neck to the chest, you may need to add an additional 4-5 inches for a complimenting fit.
When picking your design, keep in mind that longer styles mirror one’s perception of neck length; whilst shorter chains give the appearance of a quaint, petite shape. Use your neck size to not only determine your ideal measurement but also to match up with the most complementing designs.
3. Use height to determine the length of the chain
Moving from your neck to the toes, height can be a dealbreaker in the hunt for the perfect necklace, especially if you’re a petite 5’4 (inches) or standing tall at 5’7 (inches).
Smaller frames are often overwhelmed by longer designs, which sit awkwardly below the chest and reach towards the stomach. Instead, accessorize the neck with chokers and princess-length styles to add the impression of extra height to your desired look. Women over 5’7 can enjoy longer chains in all their glory, pairing their height with plunging pendants for a classy finish.
4. Match your body shape to complimenting styles
Women come in all shapes and sizes, a factor that can play a large role in how jewelry can look and feel on your body. As the necklace sits close to or over the chest, bust size is a crucial consideration when choosing designs, especially with longer chains of more than 24 inches, which may be uncomfortable for those with larger bust sizes.
For curvier women, necklaces in the 18-24” region can complement shapely hips and breasts whilst drawing attention to the upper body, creating a balance between the shoulders and waist. This applies to anyone with a pear-shaped or hourglass figure.
Smaller waists, such as athletic or inverted triangle body shapes, can explore a range of different styles. However, athletic types should take caution with longer necklaces, as these designs may elongate the body more. Aim for designs that bring attention towards the stomach, highlighting the smallest area of the body and obscuring broader shoulders.
5. Choose designs that emphasize facial features
The focal point of the human body, your face, is the prized feature of your appearance and the deciding factor for most fashion and accessory choices. Matching necklace designs to facial features can not only help to emphasize aspects of beauty, such as eye color and bone structure, but also alter the appearance of specific body parts to create a flawless finish.
Shorter necklaces, such as chokers, highlight the neck whilst softening angles of the face – perfect for square or heart-shaped faces. Aim for necklaces no longer than 16-18” inches. Rounder faces, however, will benefit best from styles that frame the face, emphasizing length and creating a ‘V-shape’ between the jaw and eyes. Longer chains between 20-24” can assist with shaping the face and adding length, whereas smaller designs may crowd your best features by shortening the neck.
6. Weigh up different necklaces styles
The jewelry industry offers a well-stocked market of necklaces in all shapes and sizes, offering creative freedom to experiment with emerging trends, timeless classics, and upcoming designs. Understanding the styles of necklaces on offer guarantees a purchase made with confidence, which is why our team recommends weighing up classics and on-trend designs before committing to any purchase.
For example, in today’s market, the classic pearl necklace still continues to reign in popularity, and a diamond necklace has never stopped being a girl’s best friend. These timeless designs have held strong positions in the industry for many generations, passed down as family heirlooms as well as purchased directly from jewelry stores.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, Initial necklaces, which saw their heyday in the 1980s, have resurfaced once again thanks to the celebrities and influencers who have funded their popularity and spurred a welcomed revival.
It is beneficial for customers to consider the longevity of the necklace before committing to the ‘trendiest’ styles. Safer purchases such as the mentioned timeless classics may ensure the lifespan of your necklace but will not keep you up-to-trend with the celebrities and influencers of today.
7. Consider occasion for designs and quality
Use the occasion for your purchase to guide you on not only the price tag of your jewelry but also the appropriate style and design. Special occasions such as weddings and anniversaries will usually carry a higher cost, as well as attract more elegant and luxurious styles.
Aim to strike a balance between both design and sturdy material to ensure the longevity of your new necklace. For everyday wear, necklaces made of high-quality materials will accompany you for a lifetime but will require a versatile style to suit the wardrobe of day-to-day life. Brides-to-be may wish to invest in a more striking, statement piece for their wedding day, without having to sacrifice resilient materials which allow the jewelry to survive for years to come. This means it is imperative to consider not only the initial occasion of the necklace but also its ongoing purpose when making your purchase.
8. Explore customization with the Diamond Room
Can’t find what you’re looking for at the stores? Our Diamond Room team offers customized jewelry [link] for those hoping to create a personalized style to suit individual frames, unique facial features, or a bespoke design for special occasions.
If you’re considering customizing your next necklace, we can help design and craft your visioning into a reality in our private showrooms in Austin and Dallas. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and talk with our jewelry expert about the 8 things to consider before buying your next necklace.