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Types of Necklaces

Accessorizing with necklaces brings immense pleasure. Primitive necklaces discovered in caves show that this was true even at the dawn of civilization. Today, by taking a closer look at the different types of necklaces, we may discover that each design holds authentic value and introduces a unique flair to a wearer’s outfit. 

Being a medium for personal expression, like other jewelry pieces, necklaces hold both aesthetical and sentimental value. However, finding the right fit by chance is highly unlikely. 

This is why we dedicated this article to exploring a wide range of necklace types. The sections below delve into the details of different designs and offer styling guidelines for each.

Types of Necklaces

Types of Necklaces

With many options at hand, finding one that matches your style in the flattering way you’ve imagined becomes increasingly difficult. Understanding how different designs may complement or potentially ruin an outfit makes the necklace search easier. However, this may only be learned through experience or expertise. So, to make things easier, we decided to share our knowledge with you.

These are the most prominent types of necklaces:

  • Pendant necklaces
  • Chain necklaces
  • Choker necklaces
  • Statement necklaces
  • Beaded necklaces

Pendant necklaces

Pendant necklaces date back to a hundred years ago and have a rich history of symbolism and meaning. They come in a range of designs but are usually composed of a chain or a cable holding a pendant decoration. 

A pendant necklace usually holds sentimental significance to the wearer. These are often passed down from generation to generation, with the pendant being a family amulet. However, these are also used to communicate religious and social beliefs or to express style and personality. 

Popular types of necklaces in this category include talisman pendants, medallion pendants, locket pendants, etc. Jewelry lovers who like gemstone pieces should know that necklaces with a single gemstone can often be found as solitaire pendants. These pendant necklaces are usually used to add an element of elegance to a simple outfit. 

With their minimalist aesthetic, they help achieve a charming effect, such as in the case of the Tangerine Crystal Pendant Necklace. However, the opposite may be true in other designs, such as our Unna Smoky Quartz. With its bulky appearance and large crystal, this necklace is usually a centerpiece and adds a dose of edginess to an outfit. 

Chain necklaces

Simply put, a chain necklace is either a fine or very thick necklace made of links. Depending on the shape of the links and how they are connected, we distinguish between a range of chain necklace styles. 

Although there are a variety of different chain links for necklaces, we will cover only the most popular options. These include the link, snake, box, and rope chains. 

Link chain 

The link chain, also known as a cable or trace chain, is one of the most traditional chain necklace types. This type of necklace has many variations, but most know it best for its interlocked oval links. Link chains usually feature a pendant; in some, the links might be flattened, while in others, they remain oval. Our Ukra Pendant necklace is a classic example of a link chain with oval links. 

Snake chain 

This chain necklace gets its name from its smooth texture, which resembles a snake’s skin. It consists of tightly woven links that eliminate the possibility of this necklace getting entangled into the clothing. It is very comfortable to wear and comes in a variety of lengths and sizes.

The Best Wishes Coin Necklace is a good example of a standard snake chain. Customers may expect to find this type of necklace advertised as a “Brazilian chain”. 

Box chain 

The box chain consists of interconnected square links that create a stunning visual effect. The box-shaped links of this necklace chain give it a clean look and allow for great flexibility in styling. 

Our Heart of Gold Necklace features a gold box chain necklace with a coin-style pendant, which creates excellent balance, making this necklace suitable for different occasions. 

Rope chain 

As its name implies, the rope chain has a twisted rope-like style. Its symmetrical links are woven into different rope patterns that give wearers a distinct look. This chain type has a unique appeal as its twisted structure reflects light differently, offering this necklace a lustrous effect. 

Choker necklaces

Browsing through different offers, customers may find that choker necklaces are often called collar necklaces. These terms are used interchangeably and refer to the same type of necklace. A choker is a necklace that fits comfortably around the collarbone or neck and, in some cases, is wrapped around the neck. 

Choker necklaces were first worn by the ancient Egyptians but gained momentum again during the 90s. A variety of materials are used in their creation, including metal, leather, ribbon, and sometimes even plastic. 

A choker can be worn as a standalone piece but may also be decorated with pendants and crystals. A range of choker necklace variations are available to women. Some popular choices include tattoo and velvet chokers, which became a standard part of gothic culture during the 90s. 

The tattoo choker is a plastic necklace designed to mimic a hand-drawn tattoo, while the velvet choker is a more elegant necklace that often features a centerpiece like a heart pendant. 

Men, on the other hand, are not served such a diverse plethora of options but still have a solution. Modern chokers for men are usually beaded designs or chain links that sit comfortably on the base of the neck. Our Atlas Necklace is a good example of a choker necklace that most men will be comfortable wearing.

Statement necklaces

Statement necklaces

Statement necklaces are usually the go-to choice for those who wish to create a bold appearance. They reside on the opposite side of the spectrum, from delicate necklaces such as basic pendants. 

Collar necklaces

The main difference between a “normal” chain necklace and a collar necklace is that chains are made from a series of links, while collar necklaces are one-piece designs. The collar necklace adds a touch of drama to any ensemble. This style is available in a variety of shapes and materials and is usually fastened at the back with a lobster clasp. 

When wearing this type of necklace, the focus is brought to the neck and decollete. For those looking for a head-turner collar necklace, we recommend the crystal collar. This collar necklace is usually covered with gemstones and makes an excellent way to introduce more shine and texture to an outfit. 

Bib necklaces

Bib necklaces are composed either with several strands of beads or gemstones and styled into a bib shape. This type of necklace features a broad front section that covers part of the chest. 

A bib necklace is usually introduced into an outfit to achieve a strong, colorful look. However, they are also used to add a touch of sophistication and glamor when made from more precious materials. Bib necklaces are made of a variety of fabrics, including metal, diamonds, gemstones, beads, and even feathers. 

Strand necklaces

Strand necklaces are a great way to accent any outfit. These are available in several versions including single-strand, double-strand, and multi-strand. Wearing a simple single-strand necklace like the Black Onyx necklace can help create a delicate yet fashionable look. This subtle statement piece attracts attention to the neck by introducing contrast into an outfit. 

With a double-strand necklace, two layers will fold around the neck to create a layered, elegant look. A variety of double-strand styles are available, with some being more popular than others. For instance, the double-strand pearl necklace is a classic piece that brings elegance into both daytime and nighttime outfits.

Depending on the style, the multi-strand necklace can be used to achieve a glamorous look or serve as an eye-catching statement piece. Multi-strand necklaces are versatile accessories that are styled both over fabric and are also used as decollete jewelry. 

They may consist only of one type of material or offer a combination of precious metals and beads.

 Beaded necklaces

Beaded necklaces

Beaded necklaces feature a simple design of beads stacked on a single wire. While this definition doesn’t do justice to their actual allure, it can help explain this type of necklace in fewer words. 

A beaded necklace can be made of a variety of materials, such as silver, gold, gemstones, pearls, and even glass. The design also varies, with some featuring beads closely stacked next to each other and others displaying beads at a distance. 

Usually, the first thing that comes to mind when a beaded necklace is mentioned is the classic boho-inspired aesthetic. Typically, beaded necklaces are used to accessorize basic casual outfits such as a simple blouse or a floral dress. However, it’s important to be mindful when styling a beaded necklace to ensure a great look.

While often worn as a statement necklace, it’s important for this necklace not to overpower the outfit. For instance, black beads are an excellent choice for edgier outfits. Layering beaded necklaces and pairing them with statement earrings is also a great way to compliment an outfit. 


Exploring the vast landscape of necklaces, we find the rich history and diversity these accessories bring to the fashion world. With various types of necklaces at reach, finding one that will help form your personal fashion statement becomes difficult. 

The first thing a wearer should always consider is that the type of necklace matches their personal narrative and creates space to express their style tastefully. For instance, people who prefer bold statements might like choker necklaces or statement pieces like strands, bibs, or collar necklaces. In contrast, individuals who value simplicity may find pendants and link chains to be a better fit.

Jesús  is the founder and designer of JewelryLab. He is the Head of Design and also oversees production, quality control, and precious metal sourcing.