A chandelier necklace adds a glamorous touch to a special outfit. Typically, it features a lot of beads and embellishments and may be made with crystals, pearls, chains or even beads in vivid colors. The jewelry can be dainty or swagged out and is suitable for both day and evening wear. You can also choose from many different styles of earrings that go with them, depending on your mood. Some styles have more dangles and others are more petite.
Chandelier earrings are often shaped like leaves and flowers, but other designs feature swirling patterns that resemble lace or ancient architecture. They can be crafted in all colors of gold and silver, as well as antique bronze and gunmetal finishes. Simpler styles use frames in unique shapes or simple beaded designs, such as teardrops, hearts and circles.
Oversized chandelier earrings have been all the rage on red carpets and runways as of late. Blake Lively and Rosario Dawson have both worn gorgeous dangles by Giambattista Valli to the Met Gala and other events. They look fabulous when worn with cocktail dresses, as well as with jeans and a blazer or suit.
Large chandelier earrings can also be worn with a variety of necklines, including one shoulder, off the shoulder, halter and ruffled collars. The right hairstyle can draw attention to the earrings, too. Pulling your hair back or wearing it in a ponytail helps to avoid having your beautiful earrings get tangled in your hair. A high bun or a messy updo also looks stunning with chandelier earrings.
Regardless of your personal style, there are certain rules to follow when it comes to chandelier necklaces. You don’t want your earrings to be too big or bulky or you risk overwhelming the overall look. You also want to keep the rest of your accessories fairly minimal. If you wear a necklace with your chandelier earrings, it should be simple enough to not compete with them.
If you’re looking to make your own chandelier necklace, try this project from Kristen Fagan on Free Spirit Beading. She uses metal dagger beads and Czech glass vintage button mold beads paired with SilverSilk capture chain and Soft Flex beading wire to create a pair of beautiful chandelier earrings that can double as pendants. She adds a fun twist to her dangles by using two copper crimps instead of just one to create the perfect look.
You can also make a chandelier necklace from pressed glass beads, as shown in this project by Kristen Fagan on Craftsy. You’ll need a few supplies to get started, including a metal plier and some crimping beads. After you’ve gotten the hang of creating your own chandelier beads, you can make more elaborate versions. This is a great way to show off your creative skills.
This striking chandelier necklace is a true work of art. It’s based on a set of three 18th-century Venetian coloured and plain glass 24-light chandeliers from the castletown house in County Kildare, Ireland. These magnificent pieces were purchased in the 1700’s by Lady Louisa Hamilton, wife of the lord mayor of Dublin.