What is a Bar Necklace? | The Diamond Reserve

What is a Bar Necklace?

A bar necklace features a long, narrow bar-shaped pendant as its centerpiece which can be oriented vertically or horizontally. These necklaces are known for their sleek and minimalist design, making them a popular choice for both casual and formal wear. There’s no denying that these easily customizable necklaces are here to stay, and a classic staple to have in your jewelry collection.

The Timeless Allure of Bar Necklaces 

The bar in this style necklace can be plain, engraved, or embellished with diamonds, gemstones or other accents. These necklaces can be worn with a variety of necklines, from crewnecks to v-necks, and they can also be layered with other necklaces. If you’re looking for a versatile and stylish piece of jewelry that you can wear every day, then a bar necklace is a great option. Kim Kardashian, Emma Watson, Blake Lively, and Jessica Alba are just a few celebrities who’ve been spotted wearing this timeless style.

The length of a bar necklace can vary, ranging from short and delicate styles that rest high on the collarbone to longer styles that hang lower on the chest. Others have an adjustable chain length, allowing you to choose how they are worn. With a contemporary and elegant look that can be easily layered with other necklaces or worn on their own as a statement piece, bar necklaces are created in so many different styles.

  • Horizontal or Vertical Bar: these are more common and traditional styles, which are highly customizable. 
  • Curved Bar: this style curves upward at both ends and is sometimes longer than traditional bar necklaces. 
  • Engraved Bar: add a name, date, location coordinates, etc.
  • Gem-aligned or Jeweled Bar: add an accent stone or have the whole bar lined with gems depending on how much sparkle you want your piece to have.
  • 3D Bar: with this style, you have four sides to work with, meaning you could have four different symbols or messages.  

The meaning attached to your bar necklace is personal, it can commemorate an anniversary, birthday, or other special event in your life. This customization also makes them popular presents for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, or as bridesmaid gifts.

How to Design Your Bar Necklace

One of the reasons bar necklaces are so popular is their customization opportunities. The most common style is a straight bar, but you could choose a curved or even a 3D bar. Once you’ve decided on a bar shape and size, you can choose the orientation: horizontal or vertical. Most horizontal necklaces sit right at the collarbone, while vertical bar necklaces generally hang lower, in the middle of the chest, so keep this in mind if you’re looking to layer it with other necklaces. 

An engraving is the most common way to personalize any bar style necklace. You can choose a special name, quote, symbol or motivational message and the style of script it’s written in. If you pick a date, you could have it in roman numerals for example. You can even design a bar necklace to have an engraving done in braille. If you want a way to incorporate multiple names or messages, either create a 3D or a double bar style, which work both horizontally or vertically. 

Charms and gemstones are popular additions to bar necklaces. Add your birthstone or your children’s, a symbol like a moon or star, or embellish it with beautiful gemstones. If an engraving isn’t your style, you could forego the script and create a bar entirely out of gemstones. The design options are limitless! 

Bar style necklaces make for great gifts, self-gifting included! We love designing custom jewelry. Give us a call at 303-385-8449 or click here to schedule an appointment