Learn More About Necklaces & Pendants

Necklaces are the perfect choice for any occasion. Whether you're looking for a gift for yourself or for a loved one, necklaces are a classic choice that are always loved and appreciated. At Kay, our wide selection of necklaces for women and men features a range of simple, bold and elegant designs. Choose traditional styles such as gorgeous diamond necklaces that add an air of elegance to any look. Go bold and fun with a variety of fashion necklaces in yellow gold, white gold, sterling silver, rose gold and more. Whatever style you choose, find your perfect necklace at Kay Jewelers today.

Diamond Necklaces: A diamond necklace is always the perfect, classic accessory - it goes with everything! Whether you're looking for a dainty, everyday necklace or a bold, extravagant diamond necklace, we have it all at Kay. Our beautiful collection of diamond necklaces includes gorgeous styles such as diamond pendant necklaces, diamond heart necklaces , diamond cross necklaces , and diamond fashion necklaces.

Fashion Necklaces: Necklaces are the perfect eye-catching jewelry piece to express your individual style and show off your favorite accessory. Explore all the different trends and styles from infinity and religious necklaces , to animal , geometric and heart necklaces . If diamond is what you prefer, find the most exquisite and elegant diamond necklace pieces with different metal types and diamond shapes. Fashion necklaces also make for a perfect gift for any occasion.

Gold Necklaces: Gold chains are the foundation to any necklace in a jewelry wardrobe. Gold necklaces can be worn as an everyday staple piece or dressed up with a pendant or charm to enhance a look. Layer gold chains in different lengths and styles to create a trendy layered look. Browse our chain information below on four main categories: necklace chain types, necklace chain lengths, gold chain colors, and clasp types:

Chain Types

Gold Box Chains:A box chain has square links rather than round links, creating a more boxy appearance. A thinner box chain is a popular choice for women's jewelry, and a thicker box chain is an ideal choice for men's chains and statement necklaces.

Gold Figaro Chains: A figaro chain consists of flattened links that can vary in size. Usually there are 2 or 3 shorter links that alternate with a larger link. Originating in Italy, the figaro chain is popular with men and women alike.

Rope Chain: A rope chain , as its name suggests, is linked in a twisted pattern to resemble a rope. Delicate versions of a rope chain are a beautiful choice for gorgeous pendants. Heavier versions of a rope chain are often worn as fashionable statement pieces.

Cable Chains: A cable chain , also known as a link chain, is one of the most common necklace chain types. This strong and durable chain consists of individual oval or round links that are interlocked in an identical pattern throughout, with each link lying at 90 degrees to the next.

Rolo Chains: A rolo chain , also known as a belcher chain, has oval interlocking links with alternate links turned at one hundred and eighty degrees. The rolo chain comes in a variety of widths and sizes, the small links being more popular with women and the larger links being more popular with men.

Singapore: A Singapore chain is made of twisted and braided fibers. This chain is not only strong and simple, it is also a classic and timeless choice.

Snake: A snake chain is noticeably different than most of the other chain types. A snake chain is made up of rings that fit closely together. Because of this, the chain has a similar appearance to a flexible tube and the texture of snakeskin, creating a narrow, delicate and fashionable chain.

Curb: The curb link is a simple and classic chain design with flat, interlocking and uniform links. It used to be very popular with men because the curb link chain had heavy, larger links. Now, there are smaller more feminine curb links available.

Wheat: A wheat chain , also called a spiga chain, is created with four strands of twisted oval links. The links in a wheat chain are woven together, creating a gorgeous and eye-catching chain.

Chain Lengths

Chain Lengths: In the jewelry world, there are a variety of necklace chain lengths for both women and men. To figure out the right necklace length for you and your style, let's take a look at the most popular necklace chain lengths and what they are best with. For women, there are six main necklace chain lengths, keeping in mind that a chain can be customized to any desired length. The shortest necklace length for women is 14 inches, called a collar, and fits tightly around the neck. The collar length works best with open-neck clothing such as V-necks and off-the-shoulder tops. The next is 16 inches, called a choker, and fits tightly against the base of the throat. A choker works well with almost any outfit or look. 18 inches, called a princess, fits right on the collarbone and also works well with almost everything. A matinee necklace, 20 to 24 inches in length, is worn between the collarbone and is a great length for both business and casual wear. An opera necklace, 28 to 36 inches in length, fits on the bust or an inch or two below, and looks stunning on high necklines and for evening wear. Flowing at 36 to 42 inches is a rope necklace which is made to sit on or just below the center of the bust. A rope necklace is a gorgeous addition to elegant business looks and evening wear. Men don't have as many necklace chain length options as women, although again, a necklace can be customized to any desired length. There are four main lengths for men: 18 inches, 20 inches, 22 inches and 24 inches. The most common length for men is 20 inches, fitting right at the collarbone.

Gold Chain Colors

White Gold Necklaces: A white gold chain is silver in color and is yellow gold in its natural form with rhodium plated. White gold necklaces are a perfect addition to any diamond pendant or charm. The white color allows you to wear this color necklace with any outfit as a classic style.

Rose Gold Necklaces: Rose gold necklaces are pinkish is color and are the newest color of gold that is currently trending. The copper tone of rose gold makes it feel very rich in color and is very original. This new look compliments many gemstones or can be worn as a rose gold chain to give your neck some shine.

Yellow Gold Necklaces: Yellow Gold Necklaces are a very traditional necklace worn by both women and men. Women?s gold chains can we layered with a pendant or charm to make it more classic and feminine for her. Men?s yellow gold chains have also been very popular to allow him to show his distinct style. He may also want to add a pendant to his gold chain to make his necklace stand out.

Clasp Types

A key feature on your chain necklace or chain bracelet is the clasp. The clasp can vary depending on the weight and look of your jewelry piece. Although there are a wide range of clasps to choose from, we're going to focus on four of the most common types of necklace clasps: the lobster clasp, the spring ring clasp, the adjustable clasp and the bolo clasp. A lobster clasp got its name because of it's resemblance to a lobster's claw and comes in a variety of styles and sizes. This clasp is a spring loaded, self-closing clasp that is a popular choice for everyday jewelry that's light to medium weight. This clasp is opened by simply pushing down on the lever with your thumb, releasing the clasp and allowing the bottom section of the "claw" to swing inward. A spring ring clasp is found with all different kinds of jewelry pieces. This clasp is a metal ring with a spring mechanism. To open, pull back on the small lever and the spring will compress, leaving an opening so you're able to slide a jump ring or tab inside. Although the spring ring clasp is very versatile and secure, it can be difficult to fasten on bracelets one-handed. An adjustable clasp is a hook-and-eye clasp with an attached length of chain. This extra length of chain allows a designer or the wearer themselves to fasten the necklace to their desired length. A bolo clasp is featured on bolo bracelets and lariat necklaces. A bolo has adjustable sliding clasps, also called sliders, that make it easy to vary the length and style of the necklace or bracelet.

Sterling Silver necklaces: Sterling silver jewelry has been valued for centuries and once was considered more valuable than gold. The ancients called silver the lunar metal--cool and luminous, like the moon's reflection on water. Silver has been valued for centuries and once was considered more valuable than gold. Today, it's the most affordable of the precious metals. Like gold, pure silver is too soft to be used in jewelry. It's combined with other metals such as copper to make it more durable. Sterling silver jewelry--such as sterling silver necklaces --must contain at least 92.5% pure silver, which is why it's stamped as .925. Sterling silver can range from bright white to grayish white and can have a matte or shiny finish.

Lockets: Keep your loved ones close with a locket necklace . Whether it's a favorite quote, a picture, or a name, lockets are the perfect way to hold something close to your heart and always have it with you. Different shapes, stones and designs make each locket necklace unique. Explore an array of styles, from diamond locket necklaces , to gold locket necklaces and more.

How do you layer necklaces? The most important thing when wearing multiple necklaces is to vary the lengths. Try mixing shorter, finer chains with longer, thicker ones. You might find that doubling longer strands gives you just the effect you?re hoping to pull off. Necklaces go from basic to bodacious with the introduction of color gemstones and pearls. You can drape bright, primary colors of gems or beads together or stay within the same color family for a softer look. Experiment with a variety of chains of different link styles and lengths. You can opt to stay within the same color palette ? like all rose gold or all silver ? or go for a combo. You can even find multi-strand necklaces that create this look for you. Lariat necklaces are another great way to add length and visual interest at the same time.

Choker Necklaces: Chokers are a notable fashion trend that is making a major comeback both on the runway and in everyday life. Typically, a choker necklace is 16 inches and fits tightly against the base of the throat. Because of this, chokers work well with almost any outfit or look. Choker necklaces are a tasteful complement to your look or a bold statement, depending on the width and extravagance of the choker. Chokers are also a great starting point in a layering necklace combination. Start with a choker necklace and add a longer necklace or two to give your look a tasteful yet dramatic punch.

Gemstone Necklaces and Birthstone Necklaces

Kay has a wide assortment of birthstone necklaces including your next sapphire necklace , ruby necklace , diamond necklace , opal necklace , emerald necklace and more. We also offer other gemstone necklaces perfect for your next fashion piece like a pearl necklace, tanzanite necklace and alexandrite necklaces. Many people opt to buying gemstone jewelry for their birth month like a birthstone necklace, but you don't have to limit yourself just to your birthstone. Gemstone necklaces make great fashion accessories as they come in so many tones. If you like the romantic color of red, explore garnet necklaces or a romantic ruby necklaces. Shop Kay's collection of blue gemstone necklaces like aquamarine and blue topaz. A dramatic emerald necklace is a great fashion piece with bold color. Gemstone jewelry also makes for a great birthday present like a birthstone necklace. Other more unique gemstone necklaces include tourmaline necklaces, onyx necklaces, morganite necklaces, opal necklaces and so much more. Find your perfect shade of gemstone necklaces and birthstone necklaces from Kay.

What is an Alexandrite necklace? Alexandrite gemstones are absolutely enchanting with colors that change depending on where you may be. Your alexandrite necklace may shimmer in a beautiful shade of teal only to change to a deep purple when you move into a different room with a different light source. Alexandrite is quite captivating no matter what color it happens to be at any given time. If you or a loved one was born in June, alexandrite birthstone jewelry is a special choice.

What is an Amethyst necklace? Is purple your color? If so, you'll love amethyst necklaces from Kay. Amethyst is the birthstone of February, making an amethyst necklace a special gift for those who were born in this month. Amethyst is not only a sight to behold, but also the color of royalty and a traditional symbol of peace, tranquility and protection. Available in shades of purple ranging from a light lavender to a deep, dark and royal purple, amethyst is an attractive gemstone in virtually any setting, including white gold, yellow gold and rose gold.

What is an Aquamarine necklace? Reminiscent of a pool of sparkling water, aquamarine is the birthstone for March. Aquamarine jewelry symbolizes youth, hope and health, making it a lovely choice for anyone with a zest for life. Aquamarine's color tones are subtle and varied with a soft luster that's easy to fall in love with. Browse our collection of aquamarine necklaces and see why this gemstone is so special. Whether shopping for yourself or a loved one, it's hard to resist the appeal of aquamarine jewelry!

What is a Blue topaz necklace? Always a lovely choice, blue topaz is a gemstone that sparkles. Wear this beautiful blue as a classic accessory to the workday or an elegant addition to a fancy night out. Blue topaz is also the birthstone of December, making blue topaz necklaces an amazing way to celebrate a December birthday.

What is a Citrine necklace? With its deep yellow color, citrine gemstones are undeniably attractive. Symbolizing power and authority, citrine gets its name from the French word for lemon, "citron". Citrine necklaces are gorgeous choices that pair beautifully with brown and black accents. If you're shopping for a loved one with a November birthday, consider citrine jewelry, as citrine is November's birthstone.

What is a Pearl necklace? Cultured pearls are an elegant choice and suitable for many special occasions, from proms, weddings, and formals to business and casual functions. With their creamy, lustrous texture and iridescence, cultured pearls shine in their own unique way. As the birthstone of June, cultured pearl necklaces make a fantastic June birthday gift. Available in many styles, cultured pearls range from nostalgic to modern. Cultured pearls are a beautiful choice for bridal gifts and whispering sweet nothings to the one you love.

What is an Emerald necklace? With its rich green color, the emerald is a classic and elegant gemstone. Cleopatra loved emerald jewelry, as have members of high society for thousands of years. Emerald is the birthstone of May, making emerald necklaces a vibrant choice for those born in that month. You'll love emerald necklaces set in yellow, white, or rose gold. Whether you love the color or want to make a powerful jewelry choice, emerald necklaces are a sight to behold.

What is a Garnet necklace? From ruby red to smoky brown, the garnet birthstone sparkles with color. Garnet gets its name from the pomegranate, as it bears a striking resemblance to its seeds. The garnet birthstone is also January's birthstone and a beloved jewelry choice. Whether you're looking for a garnet jewelry for yourself or for someone celebrating a January birthday, you'll love Kay's collection of beautiful garnet necklaces .

What is a Morganite necklace? The morganite gemstone combines feminine colors with radiant sparkle. Morganite is said to bring healing, compassion, assurance and promise. This gemstone shines a beautiful peachy-pink color and looks incredible with precious metals such as rose gold and white gold. Our morganite necklaces make beautiful choices as a gift for any occasion, or an amazing accessory just for you.

What is an Opal necklace? As the birthstone of October, opal is a gorgeous gemstone that is known for its radiant displays of color that change right before your eyes. This gemstone gets it's shine from within by reflecting and bouncing light off of the silica chips found in the stone. At Kay, our selection of gorgeous opal necklaces makes the perfect gift for any occasion. Find opal surrounded by your favorite precious metals such as sterling silver, gold and rose gold. One thing is for sure - no other gemstone is quite like opal.

What is a Peridot necklace? Peridot, the birthstone of August, is a gorgeous, bright- green gemstone that will capture your imagination. Legend has it that peridot wards off evil - and bad dreams. Peridot gemstones have long been cherished for their healing properties as well. Whether you want a gemstone with a brilliant flash of color or a birthstone to commemorate an August birthday, you'll find a large selection of peridot jewelry right here. Sleep soundly knowing that your peridot jewelry is as beautiful as you are! Peridot necklace s are a flattering choice for yourself and for your loved ones.

What is a Ruby necklace? Ruby jewelry is instantly associated with passion, desire, love and royalty. Ruby is historically a stone of power, courage, and good fortune. With its vibrant red color, ruby necklaces are the perfect gift for the love of your life. That's why ruby jewelry is often given on Valentine's Day, especially heart-shaped rubies. Ruby is also the birthstone of July, making ruby necklaces a sweet gift for anyone born in July.

What is a Sapphire necklace? Instantly recognizable, sapphire is an impressive blue gemstone that symbolizes purity, loyalty, and trust. Sapphire necklaces make impressive gifts for any occasion and shows your loved ones just how special they really are. With its alluring blue color, notable clarity and hardness, sapphire is the most popular gemstone. Sapphire is also the birthstone of September, making sapphire gemstone jewelry a lovely birthday gift as well.

What is a Tanzanite necklace? Millions of years in the making, tanzanite gemstones are relatively new to the gemstone-loving world. They were discovered in 1967 in Tanzania and instantly prized for their mesmerizing hues and color-changing effect. Tanzanite gems are deeply rich in color. When treated with heat and cut, tanzanite displays two colors: sapphire blue and deep purple. These colors alternate depending on the viewing angle and lighting conditions. Tanzanite is December's birthstone, making tanzanite necklaces an amazing way to celebrate a December birthday.

Heart necklace: The most notable symbol for love, heart jewelry makes the perfect gift to show a loved one how much they mean to you. At Kay, our collection of heart jewelry has an array of beautiful heart necklaces in all your favorite metals such as gold, sterling silver and rose gold. We have something for everyone! Find heart jewelry in popular collections such as Neil Lane Designs, Diamonds In Rhythm , Ever Us , Le Vian and Open Hearts By Jane Seymour

Women's necklace: Complete any look with a perfect necklace for her. A great necklace can add the perfect touch to any outfit. At Kay Jewelers, we have women's necklaces that make a great gift for anyone special to you. Gift a necklace for an anniversary, birthday, special event or just to convey how special she is to you. We have necklaces in white gold, rose gold and yellow gold. We also have the perfect diamond necklace that will make her shine. Shop gemstone necklaces that will represent her birth month or just her favorite stone or color. Women's necklaces make the perfect gift for her and are always the right size.

Men's necklaces: He wants something elegant and sophisticated, handsome and radiant. Our collection of men's necklaces has just that. From stainless steel to yellow gold and more, our men's necklaces come in a variety of unique styles and designs. Shop diamond necklaces for men in styles such as cross necklaces and dog tags for a brilliant twist on his favorite looks. For a gift you know he'll appreciate, our men's necklaces are excellent for any occasion including birthdays, holidays or just because.

Men's Titanium Necklaces: Incredibly lightweight and comfortable, yet strong, titanium men's jewelry makes an ideal choice for daily wear. This beautiful metal won't tarnish, so titanium necklaces will never lose its appeal.

Men's Stainless Steel Necklaces: Stainless steel is less likely to rust and corrode than regular steel and other metals. It is similar to sterling silver but more strong and durable. The chromium present in stainless steel - generally at least 10.5% - resists oxidation, preventing rust or stains from appearing on the steel's surface making stainless steel necklaces a strong choice for daily wear.

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