Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Pinning Inspiration #3

For this week’s Pinning Inspiration, I want to step away from focusing on the inspirational achievements of one person.

Today’s theme is a little closer to home: statement necklaces.

I’ve seen the phrase ‘statement necklace’ bandied about a lot, though am sometimes disappointed by what is deemed to be a ‘statement’ these days. Though I'd be more than happy with the above, by Doro Soucy at Lux Vixens Fashion! Check out her Etsy store for some truly fantastic pieces.

Source: via Kei on Pinterest

For me, a statement necklace means a piece of jewellery that will make people stare and say ‘Wow!’  
(Above necklace by Beads of Aquarius - go and look for more beautiful jewellery!)

Source: via Kei on Pinterest

Both the high street and the internet have a huge selection of necklaces designed to make a bold addition to your outfit. (The above necklace is from the high street chain Accessorize.)

Source: via Kei on Pinterest

Whether worn with a simple ‘purist’ ensemble or something heavily flamboyant, a statement necklace is a fantastic finishing piece. I don't know where the above necklace/necklaces came from, but don't they make a fantastic addition to the dress?

Sometimes jewellery can inspire - or be inspired by! - something else: embellished shoes or a photo frame, curtain ties, lampshades or works of art. Above necklace by Giselle Courtney (if this isn't a statement, I don't know what is.)

Source: via Kei on Pinterest

 I don’t think a statement necklace necessarily has to be huge. It simply needs to stand out. This  one is from Galibardy, a wicked-cool label here in the UK where you can get kitsch, unusual and sometimes downright strange jewellery for a reasonable price. Hurrah!

Of course, huge necklaces are brilliant statement-makers too! I am a massive fan of Assad Mounser’s pieces as they are unusual--certainly something people will notice. (I’ll likely write more about this designer at a later date!)

Whether oodles of charms or hundreds of beads are your thing, there are plenty of statement necklaces out there to choose from.

Alternatively, layer a bunch of simpler necklaces for a fuller, funky look. (This is my current favourite thing to do!)

Or you can make your own, inspired by other necklaces (knockoffs are great when you don’t have the cash for the original!) or things you see. The Downton Abbey-inspired necklace above was created by Carmi Cimicata at Resin Crafts.

If you’re inspired to make, but not sure where to start, check out my Everything Necklace, Amethyst Collar and Studded Tassel Necklace tutorials.

What do you think of statement necklaces?
Is there a favourite you’ve seen and wish-listed (or hope to reproduce)? 
Please go ahead and share your opinions and inspirations in the comments! :)

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