Necklace Guide: 8 Things to Know about Necklace Styles

Necklace Guide: 8 Things to Know about Necklace Styles


Audrey Hepburn's famous 5-strand pearls in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Rose's priceless Heart of the Ocean jewel lost on the Titanic. Julia Roberts' iconic rubies gifted to her by Richard Gere in Pretty Woman.

What do all of these unforgettable pieces of jewelry have in common? They are invaluable necklaces!

Here at B.Tiff, we know a necklace is the ultimate piece of fine jewelry. It takes any outfit to the next level, if you know how to choose the right one. Here are the eight things to know about necklace styles.

1. Base Color

Gold and silver are the two most popular base colors in jewelry. Which one is more popular at the time changes based on trends, but they're both timeless.

Even better is metal that looks beautiful AND doesn't irritate your skin. Although our pieces can look silver or gold, all of them are surgical stainless steel.

Our stainless steel pieces are hypoallergenic! You can search our jewelry options here.

But which color looks best on YOU? There's a simple test to find out. It simply involves wearing a large amount of the color silver, then the color gold, and comparing how you look in the two.

For all the test instructions, read this article here. Check out all of our gold and silver colored stainless steel options that won’t bother your skin!

2. Length

Length may be the most important aspect to consider! You want the necklace length to suit your outfit's neckline, not take away from your look.

Most of our necklaces come in the following standard lengths:

  • 16" (rests right above your collarbone)
  • 18" (rests on your collarbone)
  • 20"
  • 22"
  • 26"

For example, if you're wearing a dress with a high neck, it would look best with a 16" or 26". That way, your necklace doesn't fall to a length that's too close to your neckline, it falls above or below.

3. Thickness

Have you ever considered thickness when picking out a necklace? Some necklace styles are big and chunky, others are tiny and dainty.

This Cuban link necklace is a great example of a "thick" necklace strand. See how it's chunky and would be instantly noticeable in an outfit? This style is meant to be a statement piece, rather than something you casually wear every day.

Our statement necklaces look great with simple, uniform outfits. They are stunning with an elegant v-neck black dress, for example! Be bold with necklace thickness, we have gorgeous choices!

4. Real or Faux?

Do you care if your necklace is real gold, faux silver, or if its jewels are real or artificial? Many people don't care, either way, they just want it to look good.

A benefit to faux jewelry is the price tag. You can get something that looks great for a fraction of the cost.

Our Thin Diamond Cut Necklace is stainless steel instead of sterling silver, but it shines just as bright, will never tarnish and is hypoallergenic! It's priced at a stunning $20, so affordable fine jewelry lovers everywhere love it.

5. Wearability

How "wearable" is your desired necklace? You can know this by understanding what a "statement" piece is.

A statement piece is supposed to be just that: a statement. The main, eye-drawing part of your outfit. You generally don't want more than one statement piece in the same outfit.

A big, eye-catching necklace suits a simple outfit (like the example used about thick necklaces). A delicate, subtle necklace can be worn more frequently because it's not a statement.

A non-statement piece can also be worn with more statement clothes. We have plenty of wearable pieces available, don't hesitate to fill your shopping cart!

Check out this article on our blog for more ideas on how to wear the latest jewelry trends.

6. Jewels

There are 16 stones commonly used in jewelry. Most of them correlate to a birth month, so check out what your birthstone is:

  • January - Garnet, deep red
  • February - Amethyst, vibrant purple
  • March - Aquamarine, light blue
  • April - Crystal or diamond, clear
  • May - Emerald, deep green
  • June - Alexandrite, lavender; or pearl, white
  • July - Ruby, intense red
  • August - Peridot, light green
  • September - Sapphire, royal blue
  • October - Pink Tourmaline, coral pink
  • November - Topaz, ocean blue; or citrine, light yellow
  • December - Turquoise, robin's egg blue; or Tanzanite, violet

Our pendant jewelry boasts beautiful, clean gems. Is there anything better than a timeless diamond alternative necklace? Our pendants understand that you love the natural beauty of stones and gems!

7. Chain Type

Did you know that we offer multiple types of chains? Not just length and thickness, but how the actual chain is made.

Each one delivers its own unique look to the necklace, so check out this breakdown:

  • Coil
  • Diamond Cut
  • Link

Chain style makes a big difference in how the necklace looks as a whole. Link is a statement, diamond cut is a delicate. Coil looks great on its own or with a pendant.

Don't overlook the chain style when making a decision!

8. Does It Have a Warranty or Trade-In Policy?

A lot of other jewelry distributors won't let you return or even exchange what you buy. We don't think that's fair. Here at B.Tiff, we offer a generous exchange policy!

You can exchange your product up to 30 days after purchase. And we're here to help all along the way!

We have an active customer service team ready to serve you. Don't hesitate to contact us.

Choose the Right Necklace Styles for YOUR Outfits

The 5-strand pearls, the Heart of the Ocean, the ruby necklace: pieces of jewelry known so well by most of the world. YOUR necklaces can be as valuable to you and just as well-worn!

You've now read the eight things you need to know about necklace styles. Consider all eight before you buy, so you're getting the most bang for your buck.

ALL of our styles will improve your look, you just have to understand them. We have something for everyone!

Shop our Instagram to see these necklaces in real life and get ideas on how to style them!


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