Statement necklaces that shine

Aug 05, 2013

Necklaces are a great way to dress up a look, show off your personal style and stand out from a crowd no matter the occasion. While you might be hung up on a simple pendant necklace like the 1.25-Carat Round Cubic Zirconia 10k White Gold Solitaire Pendant And Rope Chain 18", it can be nice to switch up your look by way of a statement necklace. 

Here are a few options to consider this year:

Collar style
What can take a plain black, white, cream or other solid color shirt and turn it into a sassy statement? If you answered a collar necklace, then you'd be correct. This chic look creates a collar effect that lays perfectly at the neckline of standard T-shirts or long-sleeved shirts, giving the appearance of a fancier, more fashionable top in a flash.

While this style is typically reserved for adding flair to standard shirts, a gorgeous diamond, crystal or pearl option can be just as appropriate to pair with a little black dress or even a business suit. Everyone - from Jessica Chastain and Jessica Alba to Emma Stone and Lea Michele - has been seen rocking this trend, meaning you're in good company.

Bejeweled beauties
Even though gorgeous collar necklaces are to die for, they're not the only style making waves this year. In fact, gorgeous gemstone bling is just as stylish, adding a pop of color and life to any ensemble. While the bubble necklace had its time in the spotlight in late 2012, the new style to try is anything with natural stones, such as jade mixed in with sassier gems. 

A perfect example of this gorgeous trend is the Viennese Turquoise And Lab-Created Chalcedony Nugget Necklace In Yellow Gold Tone 16" which boasts a mix of turquoise stones, teal crystals and metallic gold nuggets. A necklace like this is a great choice to pair with a white button-down or even a gorgeous white or all-black gown.

All that glitters is gold
Gold is one metallic hue that continues to steal the show everywhere from red carpet events to more low-key parties. You might already rock a thin gold chain, but stepping up your style with a bolder statement piece is sure to impress your friends, coworkers and anyone you meet in between. Ladies who love adding some glitter with gold include Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Cameron Diaz and Rihanna, among others. 

With gold, there is almost too much to love, making the decision process an unfortunate one. However, you likely can't go wrong with a gorgeous necklace like the 2 Piece Multi-Chain Jewelry Necklace And Earrings Set In Yellow Gold Tone. This flowy, multi-strand necklace is truly a work of art, and it's just as easy to wear toned down as dressed up thanks to the addition of white crystal clasps on either side.

Play it up with pearls
One look that is certainly not going out of style anytime soon is pearls. While your grandmother might come to mind when discussing pearls, many changes have been made in recent years to help freshen up the dainty and ultra feminine trend. Sure, you may still opt to don a single strand of pure white pearls on your wedding day, but rocking a statement necklace featuring multiple strands and colors of pearls now might be a better option.

You can add some drama to your pearl collection by picking up a stand out piece such as the Multi-Color Cultured Freshwater Pearl Sterling Silver Bib Necklace 16" that even the older women in your life might love. The mix of colors make it easy to rock this necklace with many different ensembles, making it just as versatile as it is fashionable. 

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