Customer Watch: The Muscular Neck

With the increasing prominence of statement necklaces, now is a good time to take a look at the portion of the body adorned by necklaces: the neck.


I’ve previously discussed neck lengths, particularly as a factor in choosing flattering earrings and have provided tips for selecting jewelry for the customer with a short neck. Along with length, another factor that comes into play in selecting necklaces is the muscularity of the neck.


A muscular neck is typically an indicator of athleticism and a lot of hard work at the gym. Most women do not have noticeably muscular necks. Even among bodybuilders, the neck is “a much under-emphasized body part,” according to David Robson writing on He notes: “In clothing, the neck is often the only muscle group on show thus helping to distinguish a bodybuilder/athlete from a non-bodybuilder/athlete.” He adds that neck musculature enhances one’s symmetry, a comment that follows nicely on my blog last week on the subject of asymmetry.


One actress who has undertaken physically demanding roles is Jennifer Garner, and she shows it. She has a long, well-developed neck. Because of the shape of her neck, it can be difficult for a necklace to find a place at which to settle. I have seen some photographs of Ms. Garner in her earlier years as an actress attempting to wear choker-length beads that weren’t at all flattering. 



Fortunately, her stylist has discovered that a contoured necklace, such as the Van Cleef & Arpels diamond stunner Ms. Garner wore to the 2008 Academy Awards this month, works well. Since the necklace is shaped, it conforms to the neck where a flat necklace or a string of beads would not work as well.


If you have an athletic customer who can’t seem to find a necklace that works, consider whether a contoured necklace is the solution.

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