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Simply put a pendant is a piece of jewelry that hangs from a chain worn around the neck, a classic bauble that belongs in many forms and iterations in a jewelry box. And while collars and rivieres have reigned supreme over the last few years, a pendant offers a play on proportions depending on its length and the neckline of the top you are wearing—and they are great to layer with as well. The options when styling a pendant are simply endless. You can double up on metals and wear yours on a chain or you could wear a chunky pendant on a rope for a different effect, too. Here, 15 of our favorites to shop and wear with abandon.
Corded pendants have a chokehold on the trend cycle that is not likely to let up anytime soon. With a self-tying cord that could be worn long or short, the textural contrast of the tie with the metallic round is sophisticated enough to be an outfit-maker but simple enough to wear with jeans and a tee.
Elsa Peretti Teardrop Pendant
When you think sculptural baubles, the mind often goes to Elsa Peretti—and for good reason. Why not add one of her signature teardrop pendants to your collection as an everyday staple? Better still if it’s in unexpected rose gold.
Octagonal Ruota Wheel Pendant
Sorellina has made a name for itself with amulets and pendants infused with mystical meanings and symbols, references to tarot, and of course modern, feminine design. This pendant represents the inevitability of change and the ups and downs of life and is meant to be worn as a reminder of the good things yet to come.
DIVAS’ DREAM Necklace
Avid jewelry collectors will tell you that the Bulgari Divas Dream necklace references not just iconic Roman divas, but also the ancient Roman Caracalla baths—and is a piece that is timelessly elegant. In other words: it belongs in pretty much any jewelry lovers collection.
Annika InezHeart small sterling-silver pendant necklace
Not ready to commit to a large pendant cord? Opt for a small—but no less adorable—version instead.
Wholeness 18-karat gold diamond pendant
Do these layered chains and pendant look familiar? If so, it’s because Gwyneth Paltrow wore similar Foundrae pieces during her much publicized trial earlier this year. Think of this like the LKRB statement jewel of choice.
The Mini Link of Wanderlust gold-plated cord necklace
Between the gold plated abstract charm and the adjustable rope, it’s hard to imagine one wouldn’t get a lot of wear from this piece.
Diamond Sunbeam Necklace
In the market for a piece that has a bit more shimmer? Go for a diamond sunbeam a la Eriness.
Monica Vinader Heart Pendant Necklace
Many of the royals have worn Monica Vinader over the years, including Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, and while they haven’t worn this specific heart pendant, we might argue that even a commoner will feel like a queen of hearts when throwing this simple yellow gold bauble on to their look as a finishing touch.
Exclusive Silver-Tone Leather Necklace
Sculptural silver and a leather cord make for a piece that adds western edge. Doubling up on denim? We suggest throwing this around your collar.
Confetti Heart 18K Yellow Gold Necklace
A confetti heart on a long chain is meant to be layered with delicate chains—and treasured.
DY Elements Disc Pendant
Not only is the large circular shape of this lapis pendant trend-cycle-defiant, but this statement piece can also detach for placement on a bracelet. What’s not to love?
Missoma Claw Studded Pendant Necklace
Easy and discreet, this Missoma piece is an essential for someone who doesn’t like their jewelry to be too loud.
Wave Sterling Silver Necklace
Pearls don’t always have to skew dainty. Take this sterling silver necklace with a chainlink design. It’s high contrast but not overly feminine—an unexpected classic if you will.
Dira Coin Pendant Necklace
You heard it here first: coins are about to be a huge jewelry staple. Wear yours delicately around your neck—and layered—for maximum impact.
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