… long pendant necklaces.
It all started with the Kali Butterfly necklace you see above, bought on impulse at her booth at a Chicago craft fair. I’d admired her work for YEARS over on Etsy, but just never ponied up for a piece. I actually bought this one because it was the most affordable option there, wondering if I’d get any use out of it at all. Color me surprised when it quickly became one of my favorite necklaces, and sparked an interest in finding and wearing longer pendants.
I feel like my long pendants are a little funkier and artier than my shorter necklaces. They definitely lend themselves to trendy layering, and they offer a great way to draw the eye up and down your figure.
Here are some long pendants that have caught my eye of late:
Song Yee Geode Necklace – $41
I have a number of pieces from Song Yee’s shop, and adore them all, including the green/pink version of this little guy. You can customize chain length on nearly all of her necklaces and I opted for 30″ which puts it a bit above navel level for me. This pendant looks great on its own but also layers well with others.
This would be so simple for someone with a jewelry-making bent and the appropriate tools to whip up themselves, but since I only have a set of needlenose pliers and some fishing line on hand most days I’m inclined to shell out. This necklace has a 34″ chain, so nice and long, and also comes in white stone.
The long pendant you see in this outfit post was created at the Altered Ever After booth at a local art fair. I misplaced their business card for ages, but finally found it! At the art fair they had bins of charms and you paid by the piece to create your own. They’re selling a few items thought this Etsy storefront, including individual charms and the ball chains to string them on. But you can also opt for these pre-assembled themed charm collections.
Ya know, I don’t consider my style to be terribly Boho but I am really drawn to long, fringe-y, Boho-influenced necklaces like this one. How fun would this be with a simple black tee, boyfriend jeans, and a great pair of sandals? I love this slate cateye version, but it also comes in gold metal and a variety of colors including pink, turquoise, black, yellow, and purple.
Not the best photo for giving you an idea of overall length and scale, but with a 32″ chain and 2.25″ long pendant, this necklace should be wonderfully long and have fabulous movement. Also great for those who love mixed metals with gold, gunmetal, and brass all in one.
This gorgeous pendant is 4.125″ long and strung on a 30″ chain. And in addition to being eye-catching and unique, it’s made from recycled tires. Yeah. You should totally check out the whole Lively Leaf store. Melissa does amazing things with old bike tires and inner tubes, including a shorter, smaller version of this very necklace.
Beaded Birdcage Pendant – $12
I know this one is a little on the twee side, but I just cannot resist the “something inside” style of pendant for some reason. I’ve got a teardrop-shaped gunmetal pendant full of sparkly crystals, and I just think it’s so spiffy. (So do that cats. “Something inside” can also translate to “cat toy.” But I digress.) This tiny birdcage hangs on a 34″ chain, so marvelously long.
Such a great option for someone who loves the layered look but doesn’t want to bother with the sometimes-fussy process of getting the layers just right. Still qualifies as a pendant in my book since there are at least four charms in the mix. This black/gold combo is my fave, but also comes in blue, cream, green, and orange variations.
Anyone else loving the look of long pendants? If you have any in your collection, where did you get them? Any other designers or resources to share?
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