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.
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.
The August 2014 issue of Town & Country features a Y necklace with a long front drop from the Chanel Metiers d’Art Collection.
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.
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.
Georg Jensen uses a dress cut significantly lower than is necessary to display the design house’s Y-shaped pendant necklace.
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.
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.
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.
- 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