The Essential Necklace Guide

Whether you prefer chokers, pendant necklaces, long strands of pearls, or anything in between, there’s no denying that necklaces have the power to dress up any outfit. That’s why having a few versatile necklaces in your jewelry box is an easy way for you to boost your wardrobe. To help you with that, let’s take a look at some must-have necklace designs you need in your jewelry collection and how to style them like a pro.

Diamond bar necklace

Timeless necklaces you’ll be wearing forever

Trends come and go, but timeless staple pieces are always in style. That’s why instead of filling your jewelry box with the latest fads that you’ll only wear for a couple of seasons, it’s much better to invest in necklaces that never go out of style. Here are some designs that stand the test of time.

Diamond Necklaces

From dainty diamond pendants to lavish Riviera necklaces, these pieces instantly make any outfit look incredibly elegant. You can wear diamond necklaces day and night to add that effortless, chic glow to your every outfit, no matter the occasion.

In fact, that’s the best thing about diamond necklaces - they are no longer reserved for special occasions! They’ve become such a staple that they can be easily incorporated into everyday outfits. Whether you’re wearing jeans and a t-shirt or a stunning gown, a diamond necklace is always the perfect accessory.

Yellow gold diamond bar necklace
Diamond star necklace

Pendant Necklace

One of the most popular necklace designs of all time, pendant necklaces are must-haves in any collection. These versatile pieces can be worn either by themselves or layered to create a stylish effect.

And, the best part about them is that you can personalize your necklaces with pendants that carry special meaning, such as initials, birthstones, or medals. That’s a great way for you to make jewelry even more personal and always carry special keepsakes close to your heart.

Station Necklaces

Station necklaces are just as versatile as the classic pendant necklace, but their unique design makes them a step-up in the style department - especially when you layer them with other necklaces of different lengths and widths to create a trendy stack.

With designs ranging from diamond and pearl station necklaces to styles featuring gold beads and colorful gemstones, your options are endless. No matter which design you prefer, you can never go wrong with station necklaces.

Yellow gold diamond station necklace
Diamond bar necklace

Bar Necklaces

As their name suggests, bar necklaces feature a precious metal bar attached to the chain, creating a unique and eye-catching effect. But there’s much more to these beautiful necklaces than that bar detail.

Designs can vary from plain horizontal bars to diamond-encrusted curved bars and even uniquely shaped bars - such as infinity sign bar necklaces. Needless to say, you have a huge amount of options to choose from.

Gold Necklaces

No jewelry collection is complete without a few gold necklaces. Not only are gold necklaces some of the most versatile jewelry pieces there are, but they also ooze luxury and make any outfit look infinitely more stylish.

The best part about gold necklaces is that designs range from dainty and minimalist to ornate and lavish, so there’s something for everyone. Not to mention, with options in white, yellow, and rose gold, your design choices are virtually endless.

Gold three row necklace

What necklaces to wear with different necklines

It’s true that necklaces are great for dressing up any outfit, but here’s a pro-tip: the key to choosing the perfect necklace to complete your look lies in the neckline you’re wearing. To help you with that, here’s a quick breakdown of the best necklaces to wear with some of the most popular necklines.

Scoop necks, off-the-shoulder, crewnecks, and sweetheart necklines look great with short designs, such as chokers, short chains, pearl strands, and Riviera necklaces.

V-necks and turtlenecks might be on the opposite end of the spectrum, but they both pair well with long pendants and drop necklaces. The longer the necklace, the more it’ll elongate your silhouette.

Collared shirts look amazing with necklaces that sit on the collarbone or just below it. A dainty pendant necklace is always a great choice, but bar and station necklaces also work perfectly with button-downs.

Diamond solitaire necklace

Where to buy necklaces in the Bay Area

Now that you know what necklaces you need in your jewelry collection, it’s time to shop for your favorite designs! So, stop by Shreve & Co., and explore our necklace selection.

Whether you’re after a dainty gold chain, a lavish Riviera necklace, or an elegant diamond pendant, the necklace of your dreams is waiting for you here.

Visit us on Post Street in San Francisco or in Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto. And, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to keep up with our latest news and get some stunning jewelry inspiration!

Pearl necklace