The Difference Between A Heart Necklace and Pendant


necklace vs choker vs pendant

A common misunderstanding people make about jewellery is the difference between a necklace and a pendant - and then there is the choker. A pendant and a necklace are not dissimilar. A pendant is a necklace worn around the neck but has some distinct characteristics from other necklaces.

Necklaces can be found in a wide variety of lengths that range from 14 cm to 35 cm. Pendants usually serve as cross-over pendants of monogrammed or heart pendants. Amongst the most enduring pendants is the heart-shaped pendant, a treasured piece of fine jewellery that can be passed on to others over the years.

So, what is the difference between a heart necklace and a heart pendant? A heart necklace and pendant are often used interchangeably in the jewellery industry. The technical difference between a necklace and a pendant is that a heart pendant attaches to the necklace and is removable. A common mistake is to call something attached to a necklace: a necklace. Therefore, a pendant is part of a necklace set.

In this piece, we will look more closely at the differences between a pendant and necklaces, as well as the different types available to you. Keep reading to find out more.

Difference between a necklace and a pendant & choker


Choker vs Pendant vs Chains

The difference between a chain and a necklace is slight, though noticeable. However, chokers bear more noticeable differences and, like necklaces, can have an associated pendant. A choker is a type of necklace that rests above the collarbone around the base of the neck. Chokers highlight the wearer's shoulders and neck, ranging from basic ribbons, chains, beads to high-end gems.


The Necklace

A necklace is a type of jewellery tied around one's neck. Anything with a single resemblance to string, rope, lace or chain could be defined as a necklace. Necklaces have a long history in world cultures and societies. They are used to help boost the overall appearance of an outfit accentuate features on both men and women.

Many necklaces consist of a metal chain, usually in gold or silver. A chain is often an elegant way to decorate the ensemble. It attracts the eyes, adds flair, but not to be inexpedient when necessary. Some gemstones can be seen in the chain and maybe pinned together.


Different Types of Necklaces

Jewellery necklaces and pendants are enchanting pieces that attract the eye to your collar. A heart chain necklace, diamond necklace or gemstone heart necklace would make the best gifts on your birthday. There are several different types of necklaces for wear around your neck.

Chain necklace

Chains necklaces have a thicker appearance and are heavier around your neck. They often bring an industrial sense to an outfit and feature chunky clasps and loops. They have been worn more as a statement piece than a subtle contemporary piece of jewellery. The style is very suitable for business women attire.

Cascade necklace

Cascade necklaces are a coiled chain of crystal stone that highlights the wearers clothing. They look magnificent with the strapless dresses and with high necklines. Using diamonds and gemstones along with the cascade necklace, it is unique and very glamorous with multiple strands or rows.

cascade necklace

Single-Strand Necklace

A single strand necklace is a piece of chain considered one of the most common types of necklace styles. It often comes with a simple diamond or pearl. Single strand necklaces come in various lengths, from one size to an entire chain of up to 48 inches. A single strand necklace is the embodiment of elegance and beauty and will highlight your collarbone.

Opera Length Necklace

opera necklace

Opera necklaces are a favourite type of necklace because they're exceptionally long. The extended feature helps create a dynamic and striking look accentuating the shoulders and neck, especially with plunging necklines.

These are suited to bold colours and are often embellished with shiny gemstones that catch the light. An opera necklace can still attract attention despite its enormous length, especially if given a unique pendant.

Princess necklace

The princess necklace is a beautiful piece of jewellery that flatters most of our dress necklines and is another popular necklace among women. The length is not too long, which makes it excellent for hanging charms and pendants.

If correctly worn, the charm or pendant should hit the middle of a women's chest just below your collarbones. This draws attention to the skin, as the pendant is flush against it.

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Gemstone Necklace

Jewellery made with gemstones adds spice to chains which ensures an imbibe character. Jewellery can be made with gemstones like sapphires, diamonds and rubies, which add a timeless aspect. For more affordable gemstone pieces, consider CZ crystal that closely resembles the look of diamonds but is far more affordable.

The Pendant

heart shaped pendant

A heart pendant can come in many shapes and forms, but to call it a pendant, it essentially needs to be connected to a chain worn predominantly around the neck, but also as a bracelet. The pendant is a small or large charm attached or related to the chain or piece of cloth by a loop.

A pendant can be understated or a focal point and are often paired with simple stud earrings. They are undoubtedly complimentary pieces or isolated highlights. There are many different pendant and necklace types that you can choose from.

The pendant necklace is traditionally used to highlight a woman's neck and draw others attention as a statement piece of jewellery. Pendant necklaces are often perfect for dating because they focus a potential husband's eye on the woman's neck.

Pendants are straightforward to purchase from online jewellery stores or in person. Check out the Dephini store and our range of pendant collections in sterling silver, gold and rose gold.

Types of Pendants

A pendant is a piece of jewel or charm that has been attached to a chain. Pendants come in different shapes, sizes, and types, including diamonds, trinkets, gemstones or locks.


Locket Pendant

locket pendant

The locket is a trendy pendant choice. They are usually made of high-quality gold or silver and opens to allow the wearer to store a sentimental photo or item. Lockets are most commonly own on a princess length necklace, flush against the skin. They may also be embellished with gemstones or have intricate carvings and engravings.

Read more: Esoteric Meaning of the Heart Symbol

Gemstone Pendants

Gemstones are available in a wide range of styles: subtle to bold. They can be worn on any chain type or incorporated into the strand or chain itself. Jewellery includes rare and exotic gems: ruby, amethyst, citrinin, sapphire, tanzanite, and ruby.

Symbolically, each gemstone conveys different symbolic meanings in jewellery sapphires and rubies, a timeless element. The use of gemstones in pendants will accentuate the charm's looks and make an impression of something personal. For affordable, gemstone pieces you can also opt for cubic zirconia crystal that closely resembles other gemstones, especially diamonds.


Diamond Pendant

diamond pendant

For collectors, diamond pendants are a must-have for their collection. Diamond inspired pieces are costly yet stunning. You can get them in different kinds of colours as well. The stones in various cuts, colours, dimensions and forms could be used on the pendant. A diamond pendant screams luxury.

Medallion Pendant

The medallion is a coin styled metal that you wear around your neck, but people also tie them to cloth. Modern medallion pieces are inspired by the medals awarded to soldiers or Olympians for courage. They are available in gold, rose gold, silver or bronze, and are usually worm on a princess chain.


Amulets have been used for thousands of years to sway evil spirits for many cultures. Amulets protect their wearer against harm and bad luck. Amulets are made from different materials and often hold significance or spiritual relevance to the wearer. In history, amulets were made from ceramic known as Egyptian faience or tjehenet, but could also be made from precious stone, leather, stone, metal and precious metals, cloth, bone and wood.


Dephini's Heart Shaped Pendant

DEPHINI White Heart Necklace - 925 Sterling Silver Pendant CZ Crystal

Dephini's signature heart pendant signifies a simple expression of love, friendship and solidarity. Made from either sterling silver, yellow gold or rose gold. They are embellished with genuine CZ Crystal and drawing the eye towards the central jewel. Our high-quality Cubic Zirconia crystal is the closest to diamonds in appearance but is far more affordable.

It is a perfect gift set for Christmas Gift, Valentine's Day gift, birthday gift for a best friend or your partner, a Mother's Day Gift, or a Wedding Anniversary gift.


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