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The Elegant Choice: Selecting Your Perfect Necklace

By Shiree Odiz, New York Jewelry Designer

As a designer deeply rooted in the heart of New York’s vibrant jewelry scene, I’ve always believed in the transformative power of a well-chosen necklace. Today, I’m delighted to share my insights into selecting the perfect piece, infused with the timeless elegance and expertise of my years in design.

Necklace Lengths: Embracing Versatility

Necklace length is pivotal in defining its character. The 16″ necklace, a personal favorite, sits gracefully at the base of the throat, a versatile choice for both casual and formal wear. This length, along with its counterparts – 14″, 18″, 20″, and 22″ – offers distinct looks, from the close embrace of a choker to the more dramatic drop of longer styles. When selecting, consider your outfit’s neckline and the statement you wish to make.

The length of a necklace significantly affects its look and feel. Generally, a 14″ necklace sits tightly around the neck, almost like a choker, while 16″ necklaces lie just around the base of the throat. An 18″ necklace, often the most popular choice, sits elegantly on the collarbone. Moving up, 20″ and 22″ lengths fall lower, perfect for layering or a more dramatic effect. Your choice should align with both your outfit’s neckline and your comfort.

Adjustable Necklaces: Tailored Elegance

The brilliance of adjustable necklaces lies in their adaptability. They’re a testament to modern jewelry design, allowing you to tailor the length to suit various styles and occasions. It’s like having multiple necklaces in one – a perfect blend of practicality and elegance.

Durability: A Testament to Quality

In my years of crafting jewelry, I’ve always prioritized durability. A necklace should be a lasting companion, resilient to the rigors of daily wear. This durability is a silent narrative of the quality and craftsmanship behind each piece.

Solid Gold vs Gold Plated:

The choice between solid gold and gold plated necklaces is significant. Solid gold, with its enduring quality and timeless appeal, stands as a hallmark of luxury. Gold plated pieces, though initially captivating, may lose their luster over time. For enduring elegance, solid gold is the unrivaled choice.

A Practical Approach to Design

Avoiding necklaces that snag on hair or clothes is often overlooked. In my designs, I ensure each piece is as functional as beautiful, minimizing intricate clasps or loose settings that could catch.

Exploring Styles: From Pendants to Tennis Necklaces

Pendants: A pendant necklace, especially a single diamond necklace, is a testament to the power of simplicity. It’s versatile, elegant, and effortlessly complements any outfit.

Single Diamond Necklaces: The beauty of a single diamond necklace lies in its understated elegance. It’s a piece that resonates with the ethos of my design philosophy – classic, timeless, and profoundly personal.

Tennis Necklaces: Synonymous with luxury and glamour, tennis necklaces are a celebration of symmetry and sparkle. A classic, real diamond tennis necklace is a statement piece, embodying the spirit of celebration and elegance.

Diamond Choices: Reflecting Personal Values

The debate between natural diamonds, lab-grown diamonds, and cubic zirconia is more than a matter of aesthetics – it’s about personal values and choices. Natural diamonds, with their unique histories, are treasures of the earth. Lab-grown diamonds offer an ethical, sustainable choice without compromising on the quintessential diamond qualities. Cubic zirconia, while not matching the brilliance of diamonds, provides an affordable alternative.

Storing and Caring for Your Necklaces

Proper storage is vital. Keep your necklaces hanging separately or in divided compartments to prevent tangling. If a knot does occur, a gentle hand and a fine needle can be your best tools for untangling.

My Designer’s Perspective

Complementary Lengths: The 16″ necklace, for example, works beautifully with various necklines, balancing prominence and subtlety.

Layering for Impact: Combining different lengths and styles can create a unique, personalized look.

Regular Maintenance: Regular cleaning and professional inspections are advisable to preserve the beauty and integrity of your necklace.

Consider it an Investment: A quality necklace is not just an accessory; it’s an investment in your style and the craftsmanship of fine jewelry.

Reflecting Your Style: Ultimately, your choice of necklace should be a reflection of your unique style and personality.

Remember that the perfect necklace is not just an adornment but a piece of art that represents your individuality and the timeless elegance of fine jewelry. As you make your choice, consider not just the style, but the practicality, durability, and enjoyment value of the necklace.