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Back Necklaces are Back!

It is already a given that top celebrities can start a trend simply by appearing publicly on the red carpet dressed in an eye-catching and unique look. It still comes as a surprise though that something as unpretentious as wearing a necklace down your back instead of down the neck, the way that Jennifer Lawrence did at the 2014 Oscars, can start a full blown trend!

If you think about it, the idea is actually genius. Stunning necklaces, from diamond pendants to pearl chokers to bib necklaces have been used to draw attention to the neck and chest area since the dawn of time, so why not do the same with your back? After all, a woman’s back can be quite sensual and attractive, especially when her dress or blouse features a low back. Here is a look at the “back necklace” and what could become the next big jewelry trend.

 

Jennifer Lawrence’s $2 Million Diamond Back Necklace

 

At least year’s Oscars, Lawrence managed to snag the Best Actress award for her role in The Silver Linings Playbook, despite her embarrassing fall. However, her win was not the only thing that drew attention. The unique beauty chose to wear her diamond necklace backwards. As the saying “if it ain’t broke” goes, Lawrence chose to repeat the look at the 2014 Oscars, only to receive even more positive reactions. Paired with her gorgeous red gown, the Hunger Games actress ‘s necklace drew stares, as it held 100 carats of diamonds worth $2 million. Apparently this backwards way of wearing a necklace, which has been seen in the past but has taken a back burner for the last few decades, is becoming a hot trend that is popping up left and right.

  

Back in the Day

 

Though it has resurfaced a bit differently, the back necklace can be traced back to Breakfast at Tiffany’s, where Audrey Hepburn appears in a scene with a multiple-stranded pearl necklace draped down the top of her back. Additionally, the late Princess Diana was photographed in 1985 wearing a cascading pearl necklace down her back. Since those more traditional days, contemporary starlets have managed to spice up the back necklace trend, including Jaime King, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, and Ashley Olsen.

  

The Many Faces of the Back Necklace

 

The beauty of wearing a necklace down one’s back instead of down one’s chest is that more skin can be shown, thus allowing a larger and more elaborate necklace to be displayed. In a cutout, strapless, or even spaghetti-strapped dress, there is enough skin exposed that can help emphasize a beautiful necklace. Jaime King and Ashley Olsen both took the trend to a darker side with a serpent-inspired necklace, while Anne Hathaway and Salma Hayek wore sophisticated, solid, diamond necklaces upon their backs. Nicole Kidman really went all out with her choice of a back necklace. Hers was a very embellished diamond necklace with many intricate details.

 Leibish & Co. Multicolored Diamond Halo Necklace

A Leibish & Co. Multicolored Diamond Halo front or back Necklace

 

There is no denying it: there is something extremely appealing about a glistening necklace upon a woman’s back, even if it is over a dress or shirt. Taking something as simple as a necklace, but draping it over your back, is a sophisticated but unique way to look daring and alluring. With just the right necklace, like a color diamond necklace paired with a beautiful gray, black or white blouse, for example, your subtle twist on fashion will make you look like a million dollars!

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