Standouts: Alpha Necklaces Inspired by Omega Necklace Style

Statement necklaces are having their moment in the sun, and designers of a wide range of aesthetic sensibilities have added their designs to the style mix. The majority of necklace designs drape around the neck, many of such designs easily combining with other necklaces into concentric ovals or, in the case of edgier looks, into vast tangles of necklace strands.

In this clutch of necklaces, one style variation that stands out, both literally and figuratively, is the style of short, rigid necklaces. This particular style is reminiscent of the Omega necklace or Omega chain, which, by way of explanation to the uninitiated, is a short, solid-looking metal necklace consisting of links assembled on wire or mesh that provides the necklace with its structure.

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Perhaps structurally most similar to a classic Omega necklace is this Lanvin design worn by Jennifer Garner in a photograph in the March 2010 issue of Marie Claire.

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The February 2010 issue of Vogue includes a more tubular necklace design, identified as a Philip Crangi bit necklace, in a story on the resurgence of leather apparel and accessories. The wrap bracelet is from Giles & Brother by Philip Crangi; the stud bracelet is from Hermes, and the watch is from Bertolucci.

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An ad for Emporio Armani seen in the February 2010 issue of Elle magazine includes a black necklace that stands well away from the model’s neck.

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On a nautical-themed page, the March 2010 issue of Harper’s Bazaar includes a knotted rope-like necklace by Lizzie Fortunato Jewels.

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The most intriguing example of the standout style is this marvelous necklace by Daydream Nation pictured in the March 2010 issue of Marie Claire magazine. Whatever ensemble the woman is wearing, there is no doubt whatsoever that all eyes will be on that necklace and on her face.

With a genuine Omega necklace, which lies against the skin, it is imperative to choose a length and a design that fit the physical contours of the wearer. The more highly dimensional pieces pictured above present less of an issue with how the necklace lies. The overall length of the necklace should still be assessed with a critical eye. Generally, for the most flattering look, the necklace should appear to be at least as wide as the widest point of the wearer’s face.

These necklaces are guaranteed to bring attention up to the face. Don’t be standoffish when it comes to standout designs.