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Statement Necklaces Are Back, Whether You’re Ready Or Not

  • August 23, 2022

The year is 2010. Luann de Lesseps is a new friend to us all, thanks to the “Real Housewives of New York.” She graces our screens once a week to educate us on class, elegance and the statement necklace.

A few years later, I (can’t believe I’m admitting this) have been influenced by the countess. I have the same Francesca’s necklace she owns, in three different colors. You can hear me before I enter a room; a plastic symphony playing a harsh melody as my beloved statement necklace sways back and forth, much like the container it no doubt came in from China.

The statement necklace is everywhere. It’s inescapable.

When I think of the infamous statement necklace, I would say it lands somewhere between watered-down costume jewelry and a piece that reflects your mood. While yes, it makes a statement, it also is an important accessory to your greater outfit.

A statement necklace can do a few things. Obviously, it can elevate a seemingly bland or simple outfit, but it can also incorporated a festive additive to your event. Attending a wedding on Martha’s Vineyard in July? I wouldn’t bat an eye seeing a fiery lobster statement necklace. Going to the Amalfi Coast for your senior trip? If your neck is free from chunky lemons, what are you even doing?

Blake Lively filming on location for "Gossip Girl" on August 28, 2012 in New York City.

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Blake Lively filming on location for “Gossip Girl” on August 28, 2012 in New York City.

Back in the 2010s, side-stepping a school uniform meant adding fake diamonds or pearls as big as your cornea. You may have been doing your very best to emulate characters (the Gossip Girls, Samantha Jones, Diana Trout) and to highlight your personality ― statement necklaces were replacing mood rings.

But like most trends, the statement necklace

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