A special item of jewelry makes a perfect gift for a special occasion, and a necklace is a popular choice. When buying for a loved one, you want to get the gift just right and select the perfect item, but just how do you do that when you want to make the gift a surprise? How can you be sure to choose a necklace that your girlfriend loves? The good news is that by considering certain factors and paying close attention to your girlfriend’s style, you can choose the perfect necklace for her.
Styles of necklace
Here are some of the most popular styles of necklaces that would make perfect gifts for a loved one.
A simple chain necklace is a classic item of jewelry. A plain metal chain such as this Simple Gold Necklace can be worn alone or can have a pendant added to it at any time if desired. Plain necklaces come in a range of styles, with popular choices being rope, snake, curb, cable, figaro and box.
A pendant necklace is one of the most popular styles of necklace. The pendant is a small item of jewelry that hangs from the necklace chain, and pendants can come in all sizes and designs. A style such as this Moonstone Necklace is a great example of a delicate style, while larger pendants such as this Kingston Turquoise Pendant make a real statement piece.
A variation of a pendant necklace, a bar necklace has an elongated bar on the necklace chain, giving it a modern and elegant look.
A tennis necklace has a design featuring a continuous strand of gems without spaces, which continues across the neck.
Offering a different look from a traditional necklace, lariat chains fasten by one end of the necklace threading through the other or the chain tying in a knot, rather than using a standard clasp. This Purple Bead & Star Lariat Necklace is a perfect illustration of the lariat style as the bead is threaded through the crystal star.
Statement jewelry does exactly as the name suggests: it makes a statement! We’re talking big and bold pieces that really stand out. Statement necklaces often have substantial chains or pendants or combine multiple chains. This Pearl & Crystal Statement Necklace is a good example of a statement piece as it combines several types of chains together to make a really interesting and unique necklace.
Things to consider before making a final choice
What’s the occasion?
The occasion that you are buying for is a big consideration that will influence what you buy and your budget. If you are choosing a necklace for a special birthday or anniversary, you might have a higher budget. If you are buying for an anniversary or Valentine’s Day, you might want something symbolic of your love, such as this Sterling Silver Swarovski Crystal Necklace, which features a beautiful crystal heart.
A great choice for a birthday is incorporating a birthstone, such as this Mini Amethyst Sphere Pendant Necklace with amethyst, the birthstone for June.
Take a close look at your girlfriend's current jewelry collection to get an idea of what she likes, such as whether she prefers delicate jewelry or statement jewelry. Again, the occasion you are buying for may influence the piece you choose.
Some people tend to stick to one particular precious metal, choosing to keep all of their jewelry matching in either silver, white gold, platinum, gold or rose gold. Others mix and match, owning a selection of various colors and metals. Try to see if your girlfriend has a preference when it comes to the type of precious metal she wears; if she does, she will surely appreciate a necklace that will complement her other jewelry. Whatever type of metal she prefers, there will be a wide range of choices.
Many designs will come in different chain lengths, so take a look at the necklaces your girlfriend usually wears. Generally speaking ,14” to 16” is close to the neck; a necklace falling below the hollow of the neck requires an 18” to 20” chain.
If you have considered all of these points, you are in a really good position to select a necklace that will suit your girlfriend’s style and make a special gift, especially because it was chosen with care and love.