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Necklaces: Education & Buying Tips

The right necklace or pendant will add style to anything she wears. In addition to being a fashionable gift, giving her a necklace gives you the opportunity to perform the classically romantic gesture of putting it around her neck for the first time. 

In general, a necklace is defined as any type of chain or length of precious metal or gems. They are also available in pendant styles that feature a single diamond, gemstone, fine metal design, or pearl, usually suspended from a chain. A pearl strand is a length of closely strung pearls.

Metal Chains

Chains go with everything. A fine platinum chain in a choker length will add just a touch of shine. Consider giving her an 18-inch, sterling silver or 18k gold chain to add an element of visual interest to her wardrobe.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Metal Chains


Necklaces come in an assortment of styles including heavier chains, links, and braids. Some necklaces feature a fixed set of diamonds or gemstones, where others have stones that run their entire length. Pendants feature diamonds, gemstones, or fine metal designs that are suspended from a chain.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Pearl Strands

Pearl strands are an essential element to a woman's jewelry wardrobe. She can wear one with a dress to create a classy look.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Pearl Strands

Solitaire Pendants

The simple design of a solitaire pendant allows all the attention to focus on a beautiful diamond, pearl, or gemstone. These timeless pieces can be worn with a dress or with jeans. Our Build Your Own Diamond Pendant® feature allows you to select a diamond and setting to create a unique piece of jewelry.                                                                                                                                                                             
Solitaire Pendants

Chain Types

Chain Types

Choose The Right Length

When selecting a necklace or pendant, consider that the length will determine where it will lie on her chest.
16 in. Choker length: Just above 
collarbones. Emphasizes her neckline. 

18 in. Princess length: Hangs over 
collarbones. The most common length. 

24 in. Opera length: Over blouse or 
dress. A dramatic length. 

Buyer's Tips: At Blue Nile, we measure 
the length of the necklace from end to end, 
including the clasp.
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Necklaces & Pendants As Gifts

Many women start out with a strand of faux-pearls, so a strand of freshwater pearls makes a very nice gift for a young woman. If you have a special occasion like a birthday or your first wedding anniversary, consider a solitaire pendant featuring a pearl or diamond. For a very special occasion like a five- or ten-year anniversary, you might give Akoya pearls, which are the most beautiful white pearls available. She'll remember the occasion every time she wears the gift. 

If it's a gift for a fun occasion, like a vacation or a promotion, consider a pendant featuring an 18k gold, platinum, or sterling silver design - these are fashion pieces just for fun. 

View our Top Ten Necklaces for a list of necklaces every woman should have or view these necklaces for a gift to fit your budget: