In the descriptions of necklaces, you see the expression ‘statement necklace’ and ‘bib necklace’. Do you know what is meant? And do you know whether a statement necklace or bib necklace looks good on you? This blog post explains how to choose between a statement and a bib necklace.

What is a ‘bib necklace’?

A bib necklace is ‘a necklace with a broad front section that covers part of the chest’ and an ‘immense bib necklace is encrusted with precious stones’. Now you have the official definition, but how does a bib necklace exactly look like?

In the 7th century in Greece and Roman, you could see women with a bib necklace. In those days it was popular by the high society women to wear evening dresses with a rather low-cut neck. To cover the chest and breasts, a bit up the women wore a bib necklace. That is a circular or triangular shaped necklace with a long and broad, often tapering gemstone ornamentation in the front.

A bib necklace to cover up your chest wearing a low-cut necklinebib necklace

What does a bib necklace look like?

The bib necklace has a web-like base of metal or precious metals like silver or gold. And the base is encrusted with chunky pieces of smooth cut gemstones (no faceted gemstones most of the time).

Sometimes you find a bib necklace with multiple strands of gemstones that dangle at regular or irregular lengths to get a ‘waterfall’ effect. They are called ‘waterfall necklaces’ sometimes.

The main purpose of a bib necklace is to cover up your chest and most of the time a bib necklace is ‘massive’.

A ‘bib’ necklace made of blue jasper and silver to cover up a small V-shaped necklinebib necklace of blue jasper and silver

To this blue jasper choker necklace

When to choose a bib necklace?

A bib necklace looks great when you have a longer neck. They start a bit higher on the neck. Avoid this type of necklace when you have a short neck: you will look like ‘choked’ wearing a bib necklace.

( when you have a short neck you have trouble dropping your chin on your chest).

Wear a bib necklace on a strapless dress, a simple neckline or to fill a collared shirt. Avoid an outfit with ‘busy’ prints, like flowers and strips. And keep your other jewelry simple. Bib necklaces look busy and bold and large earrings will be ‘too much’.

A statement necklace made of palm seeds and silverlarge seeds statement necklace

Go to the large seeds statement necklace

What is a ‘statement necklace’?

The definition of a statement necklace is a necklace that is unique, chunky and it grabs all the attention. Sometimes a bib necklace can be called a statement necklace too when that bib necklace is unique, chunky and attention-grabbing. Therefore the expression ‘statement necklace’ and ‘ bib necklace’ are used for both types of necklaces in some descriptions.

On the other hand, I designed a real eye-catching coral silver necklace. It weighs only 40 gram and it is a real statement necklace. Because it is attention-grabbing, chunky and unique (like all the jewelry of FlorenceJewelshop).

a lightweight coral silver necklace, a real statement necklacelightweight coral silver necklace statement necklace

To the this lightweight coral silver necklace

What does a statement necklace look like?

With a statement necklace, you want to make a statement. That is that one of the first things you see is the necklace: colorful, rather large, and it is the main, defining piece of your outfit.

All the attention goes to to the chest area and when the necklace is a bit shorter, the attention goes to your face too.

And when choosing a statement necklace is better?

When you have an outfit and it’s not ‘new’ anymore, you can wear a matching necklace and nobody will even notice that you wore that outfit before.

If you have a simple outfit and you go to a chic occasion, you wear a statement necklace and it will become the focus point of your presence. It depends on the style of your necklace whether you look simple but attention-grabbing or chic. Whatever you wear, with a statement necklace you become stylish, chic and all the compliments come your way.

A statement necklace made of matching chain necklaces statement necklace self made with chains from jewelry box

I don’t have any statement necklace in my jewelry box!

Well, you can buy one and then that problem is solved 😊. But you can ‘make’ one too!

Chose somewhat larger necklaces you already own and combine matching colors or metals and gemstones to one gorgeous statement necklace. The length can differ, the colors can be matching or in one color with somewhat other shade. Use your phantasy and think what outfit you plan to wear and the occasion you are going to.

Going to a chic occasion, keep it a bit simple and try to add some gold or silver chain to it.

And then some tips when wearing a statement necklace

Your necklace is the focus, the attention-grabber, so don’t wear long or very colorful earrings. Actually don’t wear any accessories at all, besides your necklace. Maybe a pair of studs and a small bangle will do.

Take care that the necklace matches your neckline. The necklace should not touch your neckline or let it fall way over the neckline. Wear a monochromatic necklace with a colorful outfit and a colorful necklace with a plain dress or shirt.

And the most beautiful thing is that the large necklaces are ‘hot’ or trendy and very popular these days.

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