Whether you prefer pendants or necklaces, or you like wearing both, there is a subtle difference. Although both are items of jewelry worn around the neck, a pendant is traditionally a piece of jewelry that hangs from a chain or cord, and it can also be found on bracelets and anklets. A necklace, in contrast, has gemstones or other details as part of the jewelry itself that can’t be removed.
Necklaces have been around since the stone age, when they were made completely from natural materials. Since then, they have evolved to become one of the most popular pieces of jewelry worn by people throughout the world.
There are many different types and styles of necklaces, and these tend to go in and out of fashion. For example, a choker necklace is worn around the neck and said to emphasize the wearer's shoulders. Chokers are not normally chains. Instead, they can be made of ribbon or other fabric or solid metal. The Crystal Moon Choker is a very unique choker-style necklace that is made of high-quality zinc alloy. It features a crescent moon on one end and a crystal pendant on the other, making this a beautiful and sophisticated piece that is ideal for an intimate or special occasion.
The most popular and traditional style of necklace is a single chain, which can be of varying lengths and made from precious metal including silver, gold, platinum, or pearls. These have evolved over the years, and necklaces such as the Druzy-quartz and Opal Necklace offer a fresh approach to fine jewelry. This delicate 18k yellow gold-plated silver chain comes with a natural black quartz, set in matching yellow gold. It also has a single opal set in a coordinating claw clasp on one side of the quartz, making this an unusual and unique design.
More unusual styles of necklaces include the cascade or layered design, which can include multiple chains at different lengths and in different designs. These necklaces can enhance an entire outfit and often draw a lot of attention to the wearer. For example, the Layered Necklace with Clear Crystals is available in either a gold or rhodium-plated finish. This is a real showstopper and features a single long chain with delicate crystals that fall centrally down the breast bone, offering a subtle, feminine look.
Pendants can be showstoppers, too, and have become more and more extravagant as time has gone on. From large, impressive diamonds to beautiful precious stones, a pendant can be extremely versatile.
Locket pendants have been around for many years and are still a very popular choice. Being able to store a small photograph or meaningful item to keep close to the heart can bring much comfort and joy to the wearer. For example, the stunning Ala Moana Adjustable Moon Locket Necklace can be worn in a variety of ways, either as one long piece, wrapped around the head to become a double necklace, or adjusted to give the illusion of two necklaces. The locket comes with a special One Thing message inside and is perfect to give as a special gift.
Jewelry has long been seen as a meaningful gift for a birthday or to commemorate a special occasion, such as a high school graduation, 21st birthday or wedding gift. Necklaces and pendants can have meaning not just because they have been given as gifts, but also because of the design itself. For example, the Sapphire Crescent Moon Necklace or Wire Wrapped Crescent Moonstone may have special significance to a particular person.
For jewelry with a positive message, fun pendants such as the Dino Tagua Necklace featuring a T Rex or a Stegosaurus charm are ideal. These necklaces are part of the Dino necklace collection designed by Korissa and have been handcrafted by artists in Ecuador. The pendants are made out of Tagua nut, which is a sustainable fruit that grows in the tropical rainforests in South America. It is environmentally friendly, comes in eco-friendly packaging and is known as Vegetarian Ivory. Korissa has committed to planting a tree for every product sold, so these cute pendants actually tell a story of their own and are perfect for shoppers looking for a meaningful gift that also gives back.
If you are looking for jewelry for a special occasion or a meaningful gift for a loved one, a necklace or pendant can change an outfit and can even help change the world.