When trying to bring out the best of your Bohemian flair, you are thinking of the jewelry designs that could match your wardrobe and most important of all, your personality. You are on the right track, let me tell you. Nothing can speak louder about who you are than the jewelry you wear.
If you think that a gorgeous, elaborate necklace is what you need and what will meet the most of your expectations, it is time to get yourself introduced to the vintage necklace styles that are still rocking the fashion trends of today.
⚜ THE BIB NECKLACE ⚜
To bring drama to your style, you definitely need the opulence of the Bib necklace. Distinctive for its broad front section that covers a great part of the chest, the Bib necklace comes with many gems or beads, which can be of the same or a different type. Indications about the long history of Bib necklaces can be traced back to Egyptian times, as we can see a significant amount of art objects (paintings mostly) depicting Cleopatra with a necklace of this kind.
The typical Bib necklace is designed to sit high on the neck where it is basically attached to it, while the main part of the design is multi-layered and always eye-catching. This is one the statement necklace styles that look good on off-the shoulder outfits, as well as tops and t-shirts. Bib necklaces are generally worn by women who are not afraid to show off their high self-esteem.
⚜ THE COLLAR NECKLACE ⚜
In jewelry, the term “collar”, defines an adornment that is worn around the neck. The peculiarity of this necklace style is that it is designed to lay flat to the skin instead of hanging freely, like the classic necklace design. The collar necklace is, in fact, one of the oldest necklace styles in history, dating back to Samaria, the central region of the ancient Eastern Mediterranean (Israel). The other popular name that is vastly used among younger generations is “choker”. The interesting and at the same time, good thing about collar necklaces is that they can be made of various materials, thus giving designers the freedom to be as unique and creative as they want. The truth is, many of the fine-quality collar necklaces you can see on today’s market are custom-made.
The typical size of a collar necklace is 14 inches in length and several inches in width. However, variations in size do happen, especially if a custom design is in question. Collar necklaces can be paired with both classic and street outfits, depending on the material and the gems that are incorporated into the design. For example, a pearl-bedecked collar necklace combined with small diamonds is considered an ever-classic. Ribbon and flannel collar necklaces, on the other hand, have been one of the hottest street-style accessories in the past couple years.
⚜ THE DOG COLLAR NECKLACE ⚜
Especially favored by punk fashionistas, the dog collar necklace can be also adapted to a more refined and feminine vintage look, when the spikes and leather are replaced with other materials. Anyway, the dog collar necklace remains a bold and daring jewelry creation, even when it promotes the utmost femininity. The simple reason for that is the fact that this necklace design is practically “glued” to the neck, thus leaving little to no space at all in-between.
The dog collar necklace made its apparition in the fashion & jewelry world during the mid 19th century and it was both loved and criticized for its genuine look. It is also said in history that the Empress of United Kingdom and India, Alexandra of Denmark was always wearing a dog collar necklace, so that she could hide the scar on her neck.
⚜ THE BAYADERE NECKLACE ⚜
The Bayadere necklace is definitely one of the hallmark pieces of Art Deco jewelry. Not surprisingly, it was incredibly popular during the eponymous era. The term “bayadère” is a word of a French origin and depicts something braided, twisted. This is exactly how the gems that are making part of this string-necklace design are put together, no matter if they are matching or multi-colored.
In a few words, the Bayadere necklace can be described as “rope-like”. It emerged as a new necklace style in the early 18th century and it was one of the most popular necklace styles in bridal jewelry. Bayadere necklaces were also used as gifts to bridesmaids during the 20th century “Belle Époque” weddings, known for their enhanced feeling of sophistication and elegance.
⚜ THE LAVALIER NECKLACE ⚜
This design of the Lavalier necklace is showcasing a pendant that is attached, yet suspended from the chain. That is the main feature that makes it different from the other necklace styles, particularly those included into the antique/vintage category. In most cases, the pendant of the Lavalier necklace is adorned with one stone only, but there are cases when it counts multiple stones (center stone and accent stones). In certain designs, the main pendant is followed up by a smaller pendant hanging on it. As for the chain, it is usually long, feeling loose on the skin, which is quite contrary to the choker necklace, for example.
The Lavalier necklace was seen for the first time in history at the beginning of the 20th century and it was one of the eminent Edwardian jewelry adornments. Its golden years were definitely the 1930s, where its design got updated with bolder colors and materials. A popular variation of this necklace style is the “negligée” design that features two or more dangling pendants of unequal length.
⚜ THE RIVIÈRE NECKLACE ⚜
Appreciated as an ornate jewelry accessory that makes a bold statement on her attire, the Rivière necklace is designed based upon strict rules and proportions. That being said, the faceted gemstones have to be of the same type, individually set and graduated in size. They stretch along the length of the entire necklace, which usually counts between 14 and 16 inches. As for the setting, they are commonly nestled in a prong mounting, thanks to the metal claws that are providing the separated gems with maximum security.
“Rivière” is one of the rare necklace styles that do not include any further ornamentation in addition to the faceted stones. This style was first developed in the 17th century, but it started being regarded as an incredibly fancy accessory for women only in the mid 18th century. Rose and brilliant cut are the two most used shapes for Rivière stones, often including rubies, ambers, sapphires and emeralds. The popularity of the Rivière necklace has managed to survive all the necklace styles that emerged over the past four centuries, so if you are looking for a fancy vintage-inspired necklace with a fascinating background embedded in it, “Rivière” is the right choice for you.
⚜ THE FESTOON NECKLACE ⚜
Another enduring necklace look that enjoys a special place in jewelry making. The definition of the word “Festoon” is “floral arrangement”. It is derived from the Latin “festo”, meaning “feast”. In addition to floral designs, Festoon necklaces can also display a curved arrangement of leaves and ribbons, which sometimes can be given an architectural flair too. Thanks to all these details, the Festoon necklace is one of the most elaborate necklace styles of all, remarkable for the strings of metal (chain extensions), beads and other decorative features, such as dangling drops.
Festoon necklaces are actually, pieces of jewelry that tell the most about the jeweler’s creativity and skills. For instance, some of the most awe-inspiring Festoon necklaces ever, were made during the Georgian (1714-1830) and the Art Nouveau period (1890-1910). They featured multiple chains hanging together in a drape-like arrangement, thus creating a strong effect of femininity and elegance on a woman's décolletage. It is said that the real meaning of “Bohemian” is represented in the simplest and easiest way with a Festoon creation on your neck. Yellow gold mixed with the beauty of pearl, turquoise or amazonite is a timeless formula that brings the most success and popularity to antique-themed necklace styles, like the Festoon necklace itself.
⚜ TORSADE NECKLACE ⚜
The Torsade necklace is always ready to steal the show with its opulent, multi-stone look that displays strands of gems or beads twisted together. They are held with a traditional clasp and are commonly referred to as “twisters”. If made as a fine-jewelry adornment, the Torsade necklace features real pearls, as they are some of the most preferred precious stones in almost all vintage necklace styles. “Torsade” is one more exceptional necklace style developed by the French jewelers. When given a literal translation in French, “torsade” refers to “cable” or “twist”. Necklaces with a design very similar to this one have been found in the collection of artifacts from Ancient Egypt.
The “Torsade” look is not just popular in the category of necklace styles; it is a quite favored look for bracelets too. The only difference is that instead of having the strains of gems twisted and fastened around the neck, they are “embracing” the wrist. Many jewelers are oriented in making Torsade sets (including a necklace and a bracelet) with a matching look, instead of designing and selling them in separate editions. According to the jewelry records, Torsado necklaces were the best-selling jewelry for women in the late 19th century (the 1990s, more precisely).
⚜ PENDANT NECKLACE ⚜
The most basic model of necklace - the pendant necklace. The word itself is derived from the French verb “pendre”, meaning “to hang”. Basically, this necklace style includes a chain and a pendant suspended from it. Therefore, all the attention goes to the pendant itself, because this is where most of the crafting job is done. In ancient times, pendants were worn as talismans mainly. For example, Roman soldiers wore them as protection from the enemy. Some of them have a strong religious meaning too; people used to wear their religion’s symbol as a pendant, which is also present in the modern jewelry-wearing culture.
There is no precise rule for making pendant necklaces. They can be crafted in different materials, ranging from leather to platinum, including a medley of gems and decorative elements. Size is not an issue as well. This is one of the necklace styles that allow to be fashioned in any size and length, depending on the target audience they are planning to win.
⚜ SAUTOIR NECKLACE ⚜
If looking for the longest necklace styles in existence, stop your search and get yourself a nice and beautiful Sautoir necklace. The distinctive feature of the Sautoir necklace which makes it easily noticeable are the dangling tassels at both ends. Sometimes, a Sautoir necklace happens to be described as a Lavalier necklace, but more substantial and much longer. Traces of the earliest Sautoir necklace designs take us back to the beginning of the 19th century. Afterwards, it got overlooked for a while, but it regained its popularity in the fashion & jewelry world in the 1990s. A Sautoir necklace is commonly worn looped around the neck, otherwise known as “scarf-like” fashion.
We have the pleasure to see many celebrities promoting this necklace style on their big events, especially when it comes to the red carpet. One of them is Charlize Theron who was incredibly talked-about for her vivid red haute-couture dress matched with golden twisted ropes of diamonds and pearls, which made part of her appearance on the 2016 Academy Awards. If wondering who made the Sautoir necklace the winner of the 1920s necklace styles, thanks to which it has been enjoying quite a reputation up to the modern day, it is Queen Maria of Romania. She wore a majestic 478-carat sapphire pendant attached to a sautoir necklace with perfectly elegant lines.
Now that you are familiar with the Bohemian necklace styles that are still causing quite a stir on the jewelry market, which one of them would be your preferred choice? Share us your thoughts and wishes in a comment below. And yes, THANK YOU for stopping by!
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