The Jewelry Insider

June 8, 2012

Learn everything there is to know about buying the perfect necklace. From pearl strands to pendant necklaces and diamond necklaces, to colorful gemstone necklaces, find the neckwear that’s perfect for your style.

Pendant Necklaces

3/8 ct Diamond Circle Pendant in 14K White GoldPendant necklaces are the most popular style of necklace and are often sold separately from the chain. At we always include the chain with the pendant. Pendants come in any shape or style, from classic diamond solitaires, crosses and hearts to whimsical motifs filled with colorful gemstones. The best way to tell the difference between a pendant and a necklace is if the chain can ben removed, it’s a pendant.

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Pearl Strands

18-inch 9mm Pearl Strand with Sterling Silver ClaspChannel your inner Jackie O. with a delicate pearl strand. Pearls come in a range of shapes, sizes, lengths, colors and prices, so finding the perfect pearls for your style is quite simple. A pearl necklace can be anywhere from a 16-inch choker-style to a 32-inch ‘opera’ style that you can wear as one dramatic strand or wrap and layer around your neck for a more stylized look. For more pearl information on lengths of pearl strands, click here. Pearls also can be round or baroque, a more textured and oblong shape. They also come in a variety of colors, such as white, pink or grey.

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3/4 ct Diamond Necklace in 14K White GoldNecklaces come in a wide variety of styles, from a simple chain to a cascading diamond or gemstone statement piece. A necklace is categorized by all the elements attaching to one another.

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Tips for Buying a Necklace as a Gift

  •  Know their jewelry box. If the recipient already owns a strand of pearls or a few, they might not be interested in yet another strand. These are timeless pieces that will never go out of style.
  •  Know their fashion style. If they are bold and love to wear lots of color, a statement gemstone necklace or large gemstone pendant might be best. If they keep their look simple and classic, a timeless diamond or heart pendant will work well.

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