Y Necklaces, from Alluring to Outrageous

By Cynthia Sliwa — October 29, 2014

One of the more challenging styles of necklace to wear, the Y-shaped necklace, is back in the spotlight this season. This scene-stealing design requires an appropriate backdrop that doesn’t compete with the design. A Y necklace can be the perfect accent to a plunging neckline, as the necklace draws the eye downward in unabashedly alluring style. The Y necklace also can be attractive worn over a garment with a high neckline, such as a turtleneck sweater, or with a jewel neckline when the top portion of the necklace visually coordinates with the neckline.

Y necklace 0914 HB Lanvin lariat REV

The September 2014 issue of Harper’s Bazaar spotlights a Y-shaped Lanvin lariat-style necklace in the Shop Bazaar promotion.  Also pictured is a pair of open design cuff bracelets from Anndra Neen.

Y necklace 0814 T&C Chanel Metiers d'Art Collection REV

The August 2014 issue of Town & Country features a Y necklace with a long front drop from the Chanel Metiers d’Art Collection.

Y necklace Yael Sonia ad REV

Jewelry designers tend to display Y necklaces with plunging necklines, a look that is attractive but impractical if not completely out of the question for most women. For example, a current ad for Yael Sonia spotlights a Y-shaped pendant necklace featuring a line of five squares set corner to corner, along with a variety of other designs. The model’s dress is cut down to her waist.

Y necklace Bulgari ad REV

A current ad for Bulgari features a diamond necklace with a long attached pendant from the Diva Collection with a slightly more modest plunging neckline.

Y necklace Georg Jensen ad Dew Drop Pendant 72dpi REV

Georg Jensen uses a dress cut significantly lower than is necessary to display the design house’s Y-shaped pendant necklace.

Y necklace 0914 Vogue Harry Winston REV

Presenting a much more wearable jewelry styling, the September 2014 issue of Vogue spotlights a Harry Winston Y necklace and David Webb ring with a Derek Lam strapless dress worn over a Celine dress.

Y necklace 091514 People Uma Thurman in Chopard REV

The September 15, 2014 issue of People magazine pictures actress Uma Thurman at the Venice Film Festival at an event sponsored by Chopard, wearing a Chopard Y-shaped necklace over the neckline of her Jenny Packham dress.

Y necklace Etro ad keyhole neckline REV

Y necklace Etro ad keyhole neckline REV CU

A current for Etro features a three-stone Y-shaped pendant necklace worn over a dress with a deep slit keyhole neckline, the pendant hitting just over the bridge of the keyhole.


Price Check:

  • Anndra Neen:  “Comet Cuff” of brass (9/14 Harper’s Bazaar), $350
  • Bulgari:  Diva Collection 18kt white gold & pavé diamond necklace (ad), price upon request
  • Chanel:  Metiers d’Art Collection necklace (8/14 Town  & Country), price upon request
  • Chopard:  Y-shaped necklace (9/15/14 People), price upon request
  • David Webb:  diamond ring (9/14 Vogue), price upon request
  • Etro:  Stones Necklace – pendant of three brass-encased stones on cord  (ad), 360 British pounds
  • Georg Jensen:   “Dew Drop Pendant” of 18kt gold and brilliant-cut diamonds on 18kt gold “Dew Drop Neck Ring,” both from the Viviana Collection (ad), $11,000 and $6,500
  • Harry Winston:  “Traffic Necklace” – Y-shaped necklace of diamonds and platinum (9/14 Vogue), price upon request
  • Lanvin:  Victoria Pendant Necklace of gold-toned hardware with a crystal pendant (9/14 Harper’s Bazaar), $2,750
  • Yael Sonia: Kite Collection five-square pendant necklace of 14kt gold and rutilated quartz (ad), price upon request

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