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Necklaces: Education & Buying Tips

The right necklace or pendant will add style to any outfit. A necklace is a fashionable gift that's perfect for any occasion. Learn more about diamond, gold, silver, pearl and platinum necklaces along with details about necklace chain lengths and styles. 

In general, a necklace is defined as any type of chain or length of precious metal or gems. This jewelry is 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. If you're giving the gift of a classic chain necklace, consider giving an 18-inch sterling silver or 18k gold chain to add an element of visual interest to your gift recipient's wardrobe.

SHOP NECKLACE CHAINS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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. 

SHOP NECKLACES                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Pearl Strands

Pearl strands are an essential element to a jewelry wardrobe. This jewelry to creates an instantly classy look.

SHOP PEARL NECKLACES                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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.

SHOP PENDANT NECKLACES                                                                                                                                                                    
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 when it's being worn.
16 in. Choker length: Just above collarbones. Emphasizes the 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 people start out with a strand of faux-pearls, so a strand of freshwater pearls makes a very nice gift for someone starting their jewelry collection. 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. 

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 jewelry collection should have or view these necklaces for a gift to fit your budget: