Many necklaces, when worn, create a loop across the chest. Y necklaces have an additional long element which hangs from the main portion. The stem of the piece may have a pendant or jewel at its end. Others act as a continuation of the main necklace, and still others are a mix of both. For example, a Y of stars may have a larger shape at its tip.

Livery collars are heavy gold chains worn as a symbol of office. They date as far back as the 14th century. Due to their width, they’re worn draped across the shoulders rather than around the neck. Designs range from a series of S shaped links, to curls or interconnected chains.




The simplest way to wear a long chain is a single line draped around the neck. Depending on what’s worn with the piece, the long line of the necklace may compliment the outfit. If the piece is opera or rope length, it may be unwieldy when you move. One or two discreet safety pins will secure the piece.

One way to modify the size and appearance of your necklace is by winding it around your neck. This works best with opera and rope length chains. This form of looping creates the impression of a matching choker-matinee set. The look is as easy to undo as it is to create, making it a good choice for spur-of-the-moment styling.

Another means of controlling length is to form a loose knot into the necklace. This creates a built in pendant and new look for your jewelry. Knotting is recommended for pieces made of wider chains. Thinner necklaces may be more difficult to untie.

Flappers of the 1920s were fashion icons of their time. One of their innovations is said to be wearing sautoirs and other long necklaces backwards. This showcased the low-cut backs of their finery.