Stones, studs and gems. These are the makings of a perfect statement necklace.

By now, it is no secret that I have an affinity for all things statement necklaces. Much like decorating a cupcake, statement necklaces are the sprinkles on top of any ensemble.

When statement necklaces became popular a few years ago, they may have seemed slightly ridiculous. Even now, there are moments where I feel like Flavor Flav. Yet, over time these necklaces have become more refined and are an ideal accessory for casual or upscale looks.

If you’re not sure where to begin, check out DANNIJO or Pam Hiran via Anthropologie. Both designers offer ideal pieces to get you going. Start by picking a color palette and shape that best suits your personal style.

This Fashionista’s outfit illustrated the sheer power of a statement necklace. She is wearing a basic long-sleeve shirt, printed skirt, tights and riding boots. It’s a trendy ensemble but it is the statement necklace that makes this look an absolute sartorial knockout.

Her bib statement necklace is comprised of pearls and pink stones. They are delicate, yet chunky. In this case, chunky is not a bad thing. The layering of the various beads created a full look. Not surprisingly, the statement necklace was the center of attention.

Along with the bib statement necklace, this Fashionista rocked a complementary pair of earrings. Much like the necklace, her earrings were comprised of peals and pink stones. Rather than looking too put together, the pairing looked cohesive and classy. She topped her look off with dainty gold midi-rings. This final touch of gold pulled all her accessories together.

Overall, whether it’s a bib or collar variation, a statement necklace is one of my favorite accessories.

Spotted: kate spade new york showcased several statement necklaces in their spring 2013 ready-to-wear collection. Flowers and gold galore.

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