What is the Difference between a Pendant and a Necklace?

necklace.jpgMany people are under the impression that pendants and necklaces are the same. However, a pendant features a small piece of jewellery hung onto the chain of the necklace itself. Pendants can also be featured on bracelets and anklets. Necklaces can feature a variety of designs and are often made from a variety of metals and gemstones.


Necklaces have the ability to enhance outfits and draw attention to the wearers face. With multiple choices available, buyers can purchase necklaces in multiple lengths and in varying styles.

Choker- a choker necklace is designed to rest above the collarbone, falling along the base of the neck. Many people wear chokers in order to highlight their shoulders and neck and styles range from basic ribbons and beads to high end gems.

Cascade- Cascade necklaces feature multiple strands and can emphasise clothing including strapless dresses or high necks. Some cascade necklaces may feature different metals such as gold and silver or with multiple layers in both the front and back.

SingleStrand- the most traditional style of necklace, single strands often include pearls or metals like silver and platinum. Single strand necklaces also come in a variety of lengths from 18 to 48 inches and can be doubled over for a unique look.

Princess- Princess Length necklaces hang just below the collarbone of the wearer. One of the most popular necklace styles and lengths, a princess necklace flatters a high number of necklines and clothing ensembles.

Opera- opera length necklaces are very long and hang low down over a dress or blouse. Typically featuring dramatic designs, many people tend to notice if someone is wearing an opera length necklace.


Pendants are featured on a variety of popular necklace styles and often feature diamonds, jewels and lockets. The adornment can enhance clothing with plain necklines and can be purchased separately from the necklace itself.

Diamond- Many pendants feature a single diamond in a range of different cuts, for example princess, cushion or emerald. Diamonds are extremely versatile and can be purchased in a variety of different sizes.

Jewels- Manufacturers use different jewels like diamonds, sapphires, rubies and more to create a model pendant. The style is simple but unique and is sure to add a classic element to multiple outfit choices.

Locket- An extremely popular pendant choice, a locket allows the wearer to store a precious photo or item within the pendant. Lockets tend to be worn on princess length necklaces, which allow the locket itself to sit nearby the heart.

Here at Cuttings we have a range of beautiful pendants and necklaces currently available. Take a look at our 18ct single diamond pendant which is featured on a dazzling white gold chain for a classic example of a beautiful diamond solitaire pendant.

For more information on any of the pendants and necklaces available from Cuttings the Jewellers, feel free to contact the team via our contact page

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