Twice as Nice: Pairing Pendant Necklaces

Pendant necklaces continue to have a strong presence this season. One of the freshest ways to wear pendants is to pair two together in one of two ways: either nested, one shorter than the other, or clustered, with one pendant laying nearly on top of the other.

The ubiquitous ads for Lancôme’s new fragrance, Trésor Midnight Rose, feature actress Emma Watson wearing a pair of delicate pendant necklaces on gold chains. The necklaces appear to be of almost identical length, but the look is styled so that one necklace is pulled into a V-shape over the other. It is doubtful that the necklaces would stay in place as they are worn, although they do make an attractive styling.

Lucky magazine takes a similar approach in placing a pair of delicate pendant necklaces on celebrity Kim Kardashian for the cover of the November 2011 issue. The emerald necklace and diamond disk necklace, both from Meira T, are almost identical in length and worn slightly staggered, one to the side of the other. Again here, it is doubtful that the necklaces would stay in place. Kardashian also wears earrings from Meus Designs, a 14k gold, silver, and pearl bangle and a pavé bangle from Loren Ridinger, diamond bangles from Loree Rodkin, and silver and black diamond bangles from David Yurman. Kardashian’s outfit consists of a top from A.L.C., paillette mini skirt from DKNY, and belt from 3.1 Phillip Lim. 

In a discussion of heirloom-style jewelry, the same issue of Lucky includes a photo of a model wearing a pair of diamond and 18k gold necklaces, one with rubellite and one with blue iolite but otherwise identical, from Daria de Koning Fine Jewelry. She also wears a trio of 18k and gemstone rings from Heirloom by Doyle & Doyle, and Cathy Waterman earrings that are identified but were cropped out of the photo. Except for one gold-plated bangle by Sequin, all of the jewelry on the page is fine jewelry: earrings are from Tacori, Effy, and Cartier; rings are from Forevermark and Zoe & Morgan, and the dainty 18k gold and emerald bracelet is by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. The 18k gold and garnet charm necklace and scroll pendant necklace pictured are from Heirloom by Doyle & Doyle. Lucky includes the styling tip: “Place larger pendants at the bottom.”

Singer Miranda Lambert wears a pair of nested pendant necklaces in a photo in the November 2011 issue of Ladies’ Home Journal

Actress Nicole Richie wears a pair of long pendant necklaces with a long silk chiffon dress by Gucci in the October 2011 issue of Elle. A long pendant necklace from Kenneth Jay Lane is paired with a vintage yellow gold medallion and chain, circa 1970s, from Robin Katz Vintage Jewels. Richie also wears a gold-plated cuff from Tom Ford and a brass bracelet from Chloe. Notice that the longer of the two necklaces is placed on top of the shorter. Given the potential for damage to the lower pendant from the rubbing of the chain, I hope that the inexpensive costume necklace is underneath.

A current ad from Ralph Lauren shows a pair of long Asian-inspired pendant necklaces worn one on top of the other.

Here’s a similar look of one long pendant necklace worn on top of another pictured in the November 2011 issue of O, the Oprah Magazine. The model, Olympia Bermann, is senior knitwear designer for J. Crew, and she wears the brand top to toe, including necklaces from David Yurman and Lulu Frost for J. Crew, along with a bracelet by Lulu Frost for J. Crew. If you look closely at the photo, it appears that she may actually be wearing three necklaces together. Make that one vote for “thrice as nice”!