What's The Difference Between A Pendant And A Necklace?

Jewelry is a great way to showcase your personality and style. There are many types of jewelry that are often intertwined in definition. Pendants and necklaces are commonly thought of as the same thing. So, what is the difference?


A necklace is a piece of jewelry that attaches around the neck and accentuates the collarbones and face.  A necklace can be simple or very elaborate. The popularity of necklaces dates back to prehistoric times.  A necklace can include a pendant but does not have to. Necklaces come in a variety of lengths, including:

  • Collar       (14 in.)
  • Choker    (16 in.)
  • Princess (18 in.)
  • Matinee (20-24 in.)
  • Opera      (30 in.)
  • Rope        (35 in.)

Necklaces also come in a variety of styles. From a simple single-strand chain to multiple strands and embellishments, a necklace is an excellent way to express individualism. 


A pendant is a jewelry item that is attached to another piece of jewelry. The word pendant originates from the Latin word pendere. This translates to "hang down." A pendant hangs down from another piece of jewelry. They most commonly attach to a necklace chain but could also be from a bracelet or anklet. Pendants can be very simple or elaborate as well. Often an ornate pendant is worn from a simple necklace chain. 

A pendant may contain diamonds or other precious gemstones or no stones at all. Pendants also come in many shapes and sizes, such as heart or cross-shaped. Historically, pendants have also included:

  • Amulets
  • Talismans
  • Medallion
  • Lockets 

Lockets remain popular today, but there are a wide variety of pendants available to express your style and enhance your natural beauty. 

Both necklaces and pendants are beautiful additions to your jewelry collection. Fashion Strada is your jewelry retailer at wholesale prices and has a wide variety of necklaces and pendants to help you find the perfect pieces for you and your style.