A Fresh Perspective on Necklaces: The Neck Cuff

By Cynthia Sliwa — April 15, 2014

Rigid collar style necklaces with an opening at the back — displaying a gap between the two ends of the necklace — are familiar. The freshest collar style of necklace this season is designed  to be worn with an opening in the front.

neck cuff 0314 W mag coined term neck cuffs REV

Not quite collars, not quite chokers . . . We’re calling the striking pieces seen at (from top), Celine, Altuzarra and Balenciaga ‘neck cuffs.’” reports the March 2014 issue of W Magazine. The Celine pieces consist of a geometric shape hung around the neck along with a colorful round design rather than open styles as seen from the other two design houses.

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About an emerald and diamond neck cuff form Jemma Wynne for Gemfields, the market director for Elle magazine writes in its March 2014 issue that the necklace “proves that fine jewelry can still be cool and modern. I love its beautiful simplicity, which can be dressed up or down.”

neck cuff 0314 Elle sheer Balenciaga REV

A Balenciaga ensemble spotlighted in the March 2014 issue of Elle included a cutout-style neck cuff that surrounds the neck in the nature of a choker.

neck cuff 0314 HB Balenciaga leaf choker REV

The March 2014 issue of Harper’s Bazaar spotlights an elaborate leaf necklace from Balenciaga, which also opens in the front like a neck cuff  but is designed to surround the neck like a choker.

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A feature on designer Joseph Altuzarra in the March 2014 issue of Marie Claire includes a neck cuff from Altuzarra x Giles & Brother.

neck cuff 0214 Elle Edun horn & crystal REV

A chunky horn and crystal neck cuff from Edun along with a gold-plated vermeil cutout-style cuff from Lomo accessorize a Gucci poncho and pants and cap from KTZ in this photo from the February 2014 issue of Elle.

neck cuff 0314 C Mag Roberto Cavalli dragon necklace REV

A pair of dragon heads add significant drama to a neck cuff from Roberto Cavalli featured in the March 2014 issue of C California Style.

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The March 2014 issue of People Style Watch contains the feature “Modern Chokers: The new statement necklaces, these minimal collars have maximum impact.” The magazine offers this styling tip:  “Try a choker with a V-neck or an unbuttoned shirt so it really stands out.” Three of the designs — from BCBG Max Azria, Karine Sultan, and Silvana K — are open in the front, two — from Alexis Bittar and Dominique Dinouart — are open in the back, and two — from Shop4Sparkles and Dior — fully encircle the wearer’s neck. A relatively slender neck is required to accommodate the latter two designs. The open necklaces, whether classic open-back collar or front-opening neck cuff, can accommodate a wider range of neck sizes.


Price Check:

  • Alexis Bittar:  Lucite collar necklace (3/14 People Style Watch), $190
  • Altuzarra x Giles & Brother:  neck cuff (3/14 Marie Claire and 3/14 W), price upon request
  • Balenciaga:  cutout-style neck cuff (3/14 Elle and 3/14 W), details not available; leaf detail necklace (3/14 Harper’s Bazaar), $2,550
  • BCBG Max Azria:  “Branch Necklace” in brass with glass and pavé stone detail (3/14 People Style Watch), $98
  • Celine:  angular and colorful necklaces (3/14 W), details not available
  • Dior:  “Gum Tree Shirt Necklace” in red ’8metal (3/14 People Style Watch), $1,500
  • Dominique Dinouart”  “Limited Edition Ribbon Collar” in sterling silver (3/14 People Style Watch), $203
  • Edun:  horn and crystal neck cuff (2/14 Elle), $1,298
  • Jemma Wynne for Gemfields:  gold, emerald and diamond neck cuff  (3/14 Elle), price upon request
  • Karine Sultan:  neck cuff of silver plate with enamel detail (3/14 People Style Watch), $117
  • Lomo:  gold-plated vermeil cutout-style cuff bracelet (2/14 Elle), $1,625
  • Roberto Cavalli:  dragon head cuff necklace (3/14 C), price upon request
  • Shop4Sparkles:  “Upsilon Choker Necklace” in metal  (3/14 People Style Watch), $16
  • Silvana K:  “Calla Choker” metal necklace (3/14 People Style Watch), $160

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