Buying gifts for your girlfriend can be a lot of fun, especially when you’re on the lookout for something special, like a necklace she’ll always adore. However, finding the right necklace isn’t as easy as seeing one that looks nice and making your purchase.
In practice, there are some considerations to make when choosing the right necklace: What length should the necklace be? What style would suit your significant other best? Should you buy one that’s trendy or classic?
It can be scary, indeed—that’s why we’ve made a list of the five most important factors to keep in mind when shopping for a necklace for your girlfriend.
- Necklace Style
First, let’s look at the different styles you can choose from. It’s not an exhaustive list, but these are the most common and popular ones.
Single-Strand vs. Multistrand
You can choose between a necklace consisting of one strand or many strands. They’re usually metal chains or strings of gemstones or beads. Choosing a multistrand necklace is a good idea if your girlfriend likes bold, statement pieces more than simpler designs.
On the other hand, you’ll probably find that single-strand necklaces offer more versatility.
Right on trend at the moment are versatile and fashion-forward layered necklaces. Like multistrand necklaces, they make for more of a style statement, but the two differ in terms of the number of individual items. While multistrand necklaces form one piece that can’t be separated, layered necklaces like our Tropical Layered Beads Necklace with Initials in Gold Plating are actually multiple single-strand necklaces that can be worn together or individually.
Pendant necklaces are very popular gifts, and they have a focal item hanging from a chain. The pendant can be gemstones, hearts, initials, or charms—whatever you feel your girlfriend will appreciate most. You can even choose a pendant to express your love for her, for example the Heart Pendant Necklace With Two Names that can feature both of your names in addition to its heart-shaped style.
A locket is a type of pendant that hangs from a chain and opens up to contain something very small within. As it usually holds small photos of loved ones, it’s a very sentimental gift. You can usually find circular, oval, and heart-shaped lockets that can be simple or more intricate, like an elegantly engraved monogrammed heart locket. To make it really personal, you can opt for something like this Family Tree Floating Locket With Birthstones, for which you can choose individual birthstones to represent all your girlfriend’s loved ones.
- Necklace Length
You may not realize this, but the length of the necklace matters a lot. It determines how the necklace will sit and how well it pairs with different outfits.
Here’s a quick overview of the different lengths:
Necklaces between 15 and 17 inches long are considered short necklaces, and they’re often called chokers. This length is widely considered the most flattering to women, as it equally compliments different neck lengths. What’s more, chokers can be worn day or night.
For a choker that not only fits your girlfriend’s neck snuggly but also sends a cute message, you can opt for something like this Black Choker Necklace With Heart Charm to add a sentimental element.
Necklaces between 17 and 19 inches long are referred to as princess necklaces, and they’re the most popular type. These can be worn with almost any outfit and typically suit all women regardless of their body type or personal style.
Any necklace longer that’s 24 inches or longer is best suited for plunging necklines because of how it rests on the skin. Longer-length necklaces also work well for high necklines to layer over clothes or can be paired with shorter necklaces for the layered necklace effect.
When choosing the length, adjust the necklace length an inch or two for smaller or larger frames so they fit comfortably and look the most flattering. If you’re unsure what length to go with, measure your girlfriend’s favorite necklaces as a guideline. You’ll also see if she has a preferred length she likes to wear.
- Necklace Quality
It goes without saying that you’ll want to buy a good quality necklace for your girlfriend, but this doesn’t mean you have to buy the most expensive necklace you can find. There are high-quality necklaces at affordable prices—you just need to find them!
When it comes to the quality of a necklace, there are two factors to keep in mind:
Type of Metal
You have many options in terms of material—silver, sterling silver, stainless steel, solid gold, plated gold, and rose gold. All of these are good quality, durable metals. A quality material piece like a 925silver necklace should be your go-to choice. Type of Stone
The stones on necklaces can either be precious or semi-precious. This will largely determine the price of the necklace. For a more affordable option, don’t dismiss semi-precious gems—including birthstones—as they can be just as stunning.
- The Occasion
Keep in mind the occasion of the purchase—doing so will help you make the right choice, and you won’t regret your purchase later.
If the necklace is your gift for a special event like her birthday, Valentine’s Day, or a stunning jewelry Christmas present, you need to buy something appropriate. you can shop by occasion to make your choice easier. For instance, you can choose something like this Engraved Heart Necklace With Birthstone in Rose Gold Plating for occasions like Valentine’s Day, when you want to signify your love in no uncertain words.
- Her Personal Style
When choosing the perfect necklace, you should consider your girlfriend’s personal style as well. Keep the following in mind while you shop:
Her color preferences Her current jewelry and other accessories Does she like diamonds or colored stones? Does she prefer gold, silver, or rose gold?
A very important consideration to make is whether your girlfriend likes timeless and classic necklaces or has a more modern and trendy style. If she likes a blend of the two, something like a stunning Pearl Name Necklace is a great gift choice.
You’ve Already Made the Best Choice
Don’t feel overwhelmed at the thought of not choosing the right necklace for your girlfriend—you’ve already made an excellent choice just by deciding to get her a necklace, especially if you opt for something personal like a necklace for her with your name!
More than this, the fact that you’ve taken the time to explore necklace options and thoughtfully consider these five factors will mean the world to her.
So, you can rest assured that you’ll be giving her more than just beautiful jewelry—it’ll be a token of your love and something she’ll cherish and wear with pride.