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I firmly believe in the power of a delicate necklace – a gold chain with a single floating diamond, a baroque pearl pendant set in silver – to transform an outfit. And I’m not the only one who thinks so: When I polled jewelry designers for their favorite everyday necklaces, many experts said their favorite styles were of the lightweight, minimalist variety.
What’s behind the call? Delicate necklaces can be stronger than they first appear, it all depends on how you wear them. While a solitaire diamond solitaire or a slinky silver chain deserves a moment of glory with a plunging neckline, each is even better mixed with other necklaces. “I think one of the best things about dainty pieces is that they lend themselves so well to layering,” Shelley Sanders, co-founder of The last linerecount BAZAAR.com. She advises playing with proportions or trying a necklace that combines several chains into one. “I also like to pair simple layered necklaces in graduations,” she says.
Whether you’re drawn to Catbird’s braided chains or Mateo’s diamond-encrusted pendants, your outfit will thank you for experimenting with different lengths and combinations. “I truly believe that jewelry should be a creative experience that can indulge your playful side,” Marisa Hordern, CEO and Creative Director of Missoma, said. Her current look, for example, mixes a letter choker with a serpentine chain necklace and a longer pendant.
Below, shop 17 delicate styles designed for everyday layering.
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The original gift
Diamond Initial Necklace
Send a love letter or treat yourself to one. This diamond initial necklace puts a personalized stamp on any outfit, whether layered with other necklaces or worn alone.
Mini Calla Pendant
Off-the-shoulder necklines and unbuttoned oxford shirts both call this sterling silver pendant. The charm is small, but its folded design immediately catches the eye.
Your Way Three Row Necklace
One of Sanders favorite designs, this necklace achieves a delicate layered look in one piece. Each chain is braided differently for maximum contrast and shine. To make it really personal, add a enamel or diamond charm one chain or all three. Or, you can add another level to the look with a floating diamond choker.
The chain reaction
Greco Lasso Necklace
Lariat necklaces, or Y necklaces, can still feel dainty with a thin chain and charmless teardrop detail. This minimalist style, in a chain with extra sparkle, is one of Catbird’s bestsellers.
The investment coin
Serti Sur Vide Chain necklace in 18K white gold and diamonds
A delicate necklace that raises the bar, from shimmering white gold to floating pearl diamond.
The modern heritage
14-karat gold, diamond and pearl necklace
Mateo creates fine jewelry to wear now and pass on later. The pearl and diamond cluster on this chain necklace has a vintage touch that we love.
The touch of color
14Kt Yellow Gold Heart Necklace
Delicate necklaces are not all paved with premium diamonds and pearls. Alison Lou infuses her smaller creations with the same sense of playfulness as her famous Jelly hoop earrings. This heart necklace has the same charm as BFF pieces from our childhood, but it’s made for adulthood in luxurious enamel and gold.
The lonely stone
Marquise Diamond Necklace
Floating diamonds can get lost in a tangle of other necklaces, so this stunner deserves front and center placement.
The personalized choice
Zodiac Charm Necklace with Diamond
Here is a delicate necklace designed to become the favorite piece of all astrology enthusiasts. The charm of each sign is rendered in a sparkling design with a small ethically sourced diamond accent.
Necklace of natural cowries
Bring this delicate necklace on summer Fridays. Coated in gold vermeil, this seashell charm can go from town to beach and back again.
Diamond Solitaire Necklace
It doesn’t get much more classic or more beautiful than a simple diamond solitaire.
The logo choker
Kira 18-karat gold-plated and cultured pearl necklace
Break out minimalist logo chokers with a fusion of gold logo designs and tiny cultured pearls. The mixed materials will give your stack of necklaces a welcome texture.
The best wand
El Mar Wand Emerald Pendant Necklace
A delicate bar necklace punches above its weight with a shimmering emerald wand at its center.
The New Arrival
Silent Opus debuted this month with a line of customizable necklaces, rings and earrings. Our eyes immediately fell on this charm with an open back that catches the light nicely. (Note: you will need to order your pendant chain separately.)
The selection of experts
Say Hey Charm Choker Necklace
Hordern calls this cheeky necklace her current favorite for drawing attention to her jewelry. Usually she will wear it on a basic chain, like this asymmetrical necklace, and add a pendant for length. Overall, “this look is perfect for this time of year, paired with a lower neckline to really show off the jewelry,” she says.
CAMILA OPEN LINK NECKLACE
Everyone needs a great chain link in their arsenal. Sarah Chloe makes stellar go-tos that will stay in your rotation for years to come.
Eye Mini Gigi multi-stone necklace in 18 carat gold
Gigi Clozeau’s jewelry is steeped in the vibrant colors and laid-back sensibility of her upbringing in the south of France. Example: this choker mixing resin, emerald pearls and diamond accents for a striking effect.
Bold Pearl Pendant Necklace
This baroque pearl pendant is the staple of my daily necklace stack. I wear it under charm necklaces and pearl necklaces, and on its own in equal measure. I’m most drawn to the sheen of the chain and the rough edges of the pearl: each freshwater pearl has slight variations, so each necklace is one of a kind.
The sustainable battery
Paved Vertical Bar Diamond Pendant
A chain with five lab-stacked diamonds gives your necklace an eco-friendly sparkle. With an 18 inch chain, this longer pendant works best with plunging necklines.
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