Unique Necklaces Add Color Pop Or Make Dramatic Style Statement

Unique necklaces can make a dramatic fashion statement.

With so much white on-trend for spring 2014, colorful accessories can make or break your look.

Necklace Can Disguise Chest or Neck

Chunky, colorful necklaces are fun and need not break your budget.

Layering strands is a great way to achieve a casual, Bohemian look. This style also can fill in a V-neckline if you are not well-endowed or have skin you prefer to hide.

With the stratospheric prices for gold and silver, a statement necklace can be a big investment. Be sure it is is a versatile style that you will love for a long time if you choose to make a larger purchase.

Create Your Signature Style

As I young reporter, I learned the value of a statement necklace as your signature style from a flamboyant public relations agent. She wore a unique necklace of stone Eskimo fetishes.

It was striking. It was beautiful. It was memorable.

I haven't seen G. for decades, but I still remember her and that eye-catching accessory.

Use Jewelry to Express Your Style Essence

Unique necklaces can expresses YOUR fashion essence. This is a wardrobe investment that earns interest for years to come.

A necklace is dramatic way to update one's wardrobe and detract the eye from noticing older women's clothes or figure flaws.

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Handcrafted, chunky, and unique necklaces remain a strong fashion trend. Macrame-and-bread breastplate type styles recently showed up on high-fashion runways.

Gold chains are another perennial favorite. And pearls always add an elegant and high-class touch to an ensemble.

How to Choose Your Perfect Necklace

Some blouses incorporate the necklace trend into jewels or metal trim around necklines or down the front.

Here are some tips for purchasing unique necklaces.

  • Buy long strands that trail down the front of your chest if you have a short, stocky neck. A choker is not for you.

  • If you have chicken skin on the neckline, a longer necklace that draws the eye down is most flattering. Alternatively, wear a scarf with the short necklace strand layered outside.

  • A choker or short necklace that encircles the throat draws attention to a slender neck and beautiful skin.

  • Consider weight and proportion. If you have small features, avoid a heavy piece with large stones. If you have strong features, a very thin chain may not show up.

Note: All photos are product links.
Natural orchid leather long flower necklace, 'Exotic Strawberry Bloom'

Dewy Orchid Necklace is Sculpted Leather, Essence of Simplicity: Sophia

The leather orchid necklace on this page is drenched with glass beads that sparkle like dew.

Hide is transformed into a lifelike orchid by the artistry of Danie. Read more about electroplating method the artist uses to create unique necklaces. The chords are adjustable for versatility.

Its striking simplicity recommends it for women who embody the spiritual wisdom and simplicity of the fashion archetype Sophia.

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Earthy Turquoise for Hecate, Goddess of Crossroads and Magic

Turquoise waterfall necklace, 'Ode to Nature'

This turquoise waterfall necklace is named Ode to Nature. It is handcrafted in India and designed by Neeru Goel.

It is a stunning stand-out among unique necklaces.

The Hecate archetype, gardener of herbs and scents, resonates with leafy motif of this creation.

Note: When selecting a necklace, wear it with appropriate fabric. Very heavy settings will not look good against a gauzy fabric. On the other hand, a fine chain will disappear against a heavy woolen sweater or jacket.

Sophisticated Pearl and Garnet Embody Elegance

Pearl and garnet necklace, 'Caviar'

Zeus cast aside his first queen, Metis, for Hera. Then he ate her, so that he could absorb the wisdom of this sophisticate who had helped him with the corporate take-over from the older gods of ancient Greece.

Novica compares the pendant to a cluster of caviar eggs. Deep colored garnets contrast with the small cultured pearls. Like so many unique necklaces, this one is crafted in Thailand.

Novica is a green company that partners with National Geographic and supports the Global Compact, a UN initiative to honor human rights in business relationships. All the necklaces on this page --and hundred more -- are from Novica, an affiliate partner of Fashion After 50 (see disclosure statement)

Moonstone and Silver for Hestia, Domestic Diva

Moonstone pendant necklace, 'Sea Blossom'

Moonstones and a seashell pendant pay homage to Hestia.

The moon goddess energy has many interpretations, such as Yemanja rising from the sea in Brazilian myth, the Virgin Mary in Christian imagery.

As though born in the sea, a beautiful blossom appears in the center of a scallop shell. Created from sterling silver, the pendant centers a strand of moonstone spheres. This luminous design comes from Thai jeweler Somluck Komolmith, who crafts the choker by hand.

From a Customer Review of another piece by Somluck Komolmith:

I received my Sunrise jade and agate choker from Novica today and am very pleased with the necklace. It's very beautifully made, Somluck's craftsmanship is very refined and I'm very happy with it.

Drama in Green Transforms Old to New

Malachite Y-necklace, 'Drama in Green'

With the power over life and death, no goddess possesses more drama than the Hindu Kali. I think of her as a goddess of change, because her energies often appear during times of great change and transformation in our lives.

This unique necklace makes a dramatic statement with its malachite pendant. It is suspended from ropes of faux stones, a creation by Neeru Goel. Use it to transform older outfits into a new look with eye-catching appeal.

If you believe in gemstone energy, malachite is said to help purification and dreams that heal.

Coconut Shell Earth Star Sparks Casual Ensembles

Coconut shell necklace, 'Earth Star'

Have you ever wondered what jewelry to wear to spark a casual outfit? This inexpensive necklace that uses natural materials fits the bill.

You can read about Thai artist Yupaporn and the inspiration she found in native materials and crafts by visiting the Novica website.

This highly affordable necklace features a dangling star and an aluminum button fastener.

Another Thai artisan, Benjamas Siriraungkeaw, works with the natural materials of wood and silver. Here's one of her creations: Wood necklace, 'Blue Magic

Exotic Rose Quartz and Garnet Creates Romantic Flare

Rose quartz and garnet necklace, 'Serpent God'

Lilly Rahman evokes the mythic Thai theme of the "Serpent God" with this artwork of rose quartz, pearls, marcasite, red garnets and sterling silver. This mythic God protect temples, nourishes crops with rain, and represents elemental fertility.

The serpent myth is found in many cultures, including the Mayan vision serpent. Christian gnostics associated the serpent with the wisdom of Sophia. We like the romance of this piece as a signature for Aphrodite-Baubo and the seductive power of romance.

To read more about the mythic resonances of this stunning piece that you will enjoy wearing forever, please visit Novica. The photo is a link.

Minimalist Peridot Is Practical and Pretty Unique Necklace

Peridot pendant necklace, 'Cascade'

Mahavir uses understated elegance to set the green sparkle of peridot in .925 rated silver.

Peridot is a stone that promotes balance and healing, and resonates with the practical wisdom of Athena.

It helps promote common sense when it comes to love, as well as the vision to tune into one's destiny and what to do in life. The person who wears peridot, it has been said, will sleep better, too.

Click on the photo at right to link to Novica and learn more about this unique creation.

In summary, a beautiful necklace can add an understated finishing touch to a casual outfit or become an elegant focal point. Whether you choose beautiful but inexpensive costume jewelry or real jewelry to last a lifetime, select pieces that express your inner and outer beauty with joy.

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