Necklaces: Education & Buying Tips

The right pendant or necklace will add style to everything a woman wears. It is also a fashionable gift: giving her a necklace lets you perform the romantic gesture that all women appreciate.

A necklace is any chain or length of precious metal or gems. They are also available in pendant styles with a single diamond, gemstone, delicate 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 delicate platinum chain in a choker length will add just a touch of shine. Consider giving her an 18-inch sterling silver or 18k gold chain to add visual interest to her wardrobe.


Necklaces come in various styles, including heavier chains, braids and links. Some necklaces feature a fixed set of gemstones and diamonds; others have stones that run their entire length. Pendants feature diamonds, gemstones, or fine metal designs suspended from a chain.

Pearl Strands

Pearl strands are an essential element in a lady’s jewelry wardrobe. You can wear one with a dress to create a classy look.

Solitaire Pendants

The solitaire pendant allows all the attention to focus on a beautiful pearl, diamond, or gemstone. The timeless pieces can be worn with a dress or with jeans. Our Build Your Diamond Pendant feature allows you to select a diamond of your liking and setting to create a unique piece of jewelry.

Chain Types

Choose The Right Length

When selecting a necklace or pendant, consider the length to determine where it will lie on her chest. These different lengths include:

  • 16 in. Choker Length: Just above collarbones. Emphasizes her 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 Isadora Jewelry, we measure the length of the necklace from end to end, including the clasp.

Necklaces & Pendants As Gifts

Many women start with a strand of faux pearls, so a strand of freshwater pearls makes a lovely gift for a young woman. Consider a solitaire pendant featuring a pearl or diamond if you have a special occasion like a birthday or your first wedding anniversary. For a special occasion like a five- or tenth anniversary, you might give Akoya pearls, the most beautiful white pearls available. She’ll remember the occasion every time she wears the gift.

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.