Be it an engraved pendant with the name of someone you love, a meaningful day, a birthstone, or a picture, personalised necklaces are priceless pieces of jewellery that will never go out of style. They also make thoughtful, one-of-a-kind gifts for parents, partners and best friends alike.
Whether you're buying a personalised necklace for yourself or someone else, we're here to help you pick the right one. While the personal touch is all up to you, our buying guide will cover design, length and whether to go for a gold, sterling silver or rose gold finish. We've also included a top 10 ranking of the best personalised necklaces in the UK to give you some ideas. Let's get personal!
Gold can be expensive, but it can really make a statement. For a more affordable option, there's always gold-plated necklaces, though they are more susceptible to wear and tarnishing. Make sure not to spray perfume directly onto gold-plated jewellery and don't wear it in the shower or pool.
When it comes to carats, purer gold is an investment, but it will last forever and is less likely to react with the skin. It also becomes more yellow in colour. Go for at least 14-carat gold as a good middle ground for a special gift that won't cause irritation. As it is softer, very high carat gold isn't actually 'best' if bought for general wear. This is why most wedding rings are made of 9-carat gold.
Gold or rose gold will really bring out the golden tones in those with warmer complexions. Moreover, gold is an excellent choice if you or the wearer tend to wear a lot of dark colours, as the contrast will make it stand out.
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Silver looks great on cool undertones as it brings out the blueish tones in the skin. Plus, if you like layering your necklaces but don't want them to look too flashy or excessive, silver can be a more subtle choice.
Those with sensitive skin can also choose a high-quality silver such as sterling or 925 silver, as they too are hypoallergenic. 925 simply means that it is made of 92.5% silver, which is high enough that it won't react with even the most susceptible skin. Nevertheless, silver is susceptible to tarnishing, scratches and dents, so it should be treated with care.
A necklace made from stainless steel is durable and will withstand scratches, tarnishing and dents. Those with sensitive skin can also consider stainless steel as it is hypoallergenic and, therefore, less likely to cause irritation. An affordable – yet arguably less elegant – alternative to silver, it also won't leave behind a green mark like copper jewellery.
For a necklace to be 'personal', there should be something meaningful attached or engraved. Once you know how you want to add your personal touch, it's time to think about a suitable necklace design to display it. Here are some of the most popular, including the occasions they are best suited for:
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Collar-style necklaces are around 36 cm or 14 inches and sit tightly around the neck, giving an air of elegance. They look great on open-neck clothing such as V-necks, scoop necks and off-the-shoulder garments.
Choker necklaces sit against the base of the throat and are typically 40 cm or 16 inches in length. Even though chokers look good with a variety of outfits, they really pop with off-the-shoulder, crew, and boat necklines.
The length of a standard or "princess" necklace is typically 45 cm or 18 inches. These suit a wide variety of settings, making them ideal for everyday wear. When worn with a pendant, the necklace will sit in a pleasing V-shape falling around the collarbone area, which will frame the face. Overall, it is best to go for a piece that can be adjusted for adaptability, especially if you're buying for someone else.
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For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:
This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.
Christopher James of London
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Personalised Pastille Initial Chain Necklace
Personalised Necklace Photo
Personalised Necklace with Name and Birthstone
Personalised Horizontal Bar Initial Pendant Necklace
3D Personalised Name Necklace
Family Disc and Birthstone Personalised Necklace
Personalised Intertwined Charm Necklace
925 Sterling Silver Heart Locket With Photo
Personalised Sterling Silver Name Necklace
Initial Necklace With Austrian Crystals
A Sophisticated, 18-Carat Gold Choker That’s Perfect for Layering
A Sentimental Choice With a Customisable, Secret Picture Centre
Adjustable, Inscribable Round Disc Pendant Necklace Decorated with Customisable Birthstone
An Elegant Bar Necklace for Holding Meaningful Inscriptions
Perfect for Families and Able to Double up as a Medical Alert Pendant
Features Three Swarovski Crystal Birthstones for Three Special People in Your Life
Commemorate a Friendship or Close Bond With This Premium Designer Piece
An Update on the Classic Heart-Shaped Locket
An Infinity Pendant Necklace That Tells a Special Someone You're in it Forever
The Simple Initial Necklace That Will Never Go Out of Style
|Material/Plating||18-carat gold plated brass or sterling silver||Stainless steel||Stainless steel||Gold-plated sterling silver or sterling silver||Sterling silver||Gold or silver plated||18-carat gold plated brass||925 sterling silver||Plated 925 sterling silver||Brass alloy|
|Colour||Gold, silver or rose gold available||Silver or gold available||Rose gold or silver available||Gold or silver||Silver||Gold, silver or rose gold available||Gold or silver available||Silver and rose gold (other options available)||Gold, silver or rose gold available||Silver|
|Necklace Type||Choker with mini pastille discs||Heart pendant with secret picture centre||Disc pendant with birthstone||Horizontal bar||Vertical bar pendant||Round disc pendant with 3 Swarovski crystal birthstones||Two intertwined hollow circle pendants||Heart-shaped locket||Infinity pendant||Alphabet pendants|
|Personalisation Options||One letter can be inscribed onto every disc||Tiny picture at heart core||Inscription on disc (symbol +10 characters max. text) and birthstone||Up to 12 characters inscribed onto the bar||3 names or string of numbers on 3 bottom sides of the bar||3 crystal birthstones + up to 3 names engraved on the disc||Special note engraved by hand on both circles||Small picture inside the locket||Customisable name as part of the pendant + engraving on the pendant itself||Use alphabet charms to spell out names or messages|
|Length||36 cm||40 cm||45 cm||43 cm||40 cm - 101 cm available||45 cm or 36 cm||40 cm||45 cm||40 cm||41 cm|
|Adjustable||5 cm||5 cm||5 cm||Yes||No||-||5 cm||5 cm||5 cm||5 cm|
This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.
|Material/Plating||18-carat gold plated brass or sterling silver|
|Colour||Gold, silver or rose gold available|
|Necklace Type||Choker with mini pastille discs|
|Personalisation Options||One letter can be inscribed onto every disc|
|Colour||Silver or gold available|
|Necklace Type||Heart pendant with secret picture centre|
|Personalisation Options||Tiny picture at heart core|
|Colour||Rose gold or silver available|
|Necklace Type||Disc pendant with birthstone|
|Personalisation Options||Inscription on disc (symbol +10 characters max. text) and birthstone|
|Material/Plating||Gold-plated sterling silver or sterling silver|
|Colour||Gold or silver|
|Necklace Type||Horizontal bar|
|Personalisation Options||Up to 12 characters inscribed onto the bar|
|Necklace Type||Vertical bar pendant|
|Personalisation Options||3 names or string of numbers on 3 bottom sides of the bar|
|Length||40 cm - 101 cm available|
|Material/Plating||Gold or silver plated|
|Colour||Gold, silver or rose gold available|
|Necklace Type||Round disc pendant with 3 Swarovski crystal birthstones|
|Personalisation Options||3 crystal birthstones + up to 3 names engraved on the disc|
|Length||45 cm or 36 cm|
|Material/Plating||18-carat gold plated brass|
|Colour||Gold or silver available|
|Necklace Type||Two intertwined hollow circle pendants|
|Personalisation Options||Special note engraved by hand on both circles|
|Material/Plating||925 sterling silver|
|Colour||Silver and rose gold (other options available)|
|Necklace Type||Heart-shaped locket|
|Personalisation Options||Small picture inside the locket|
|Material/Plating||Plated 925 sterling silver|
|Colour||Gold, silver or rose gold available|
|Necklace Type||Infinity pendant|
|Personalisation Options||Customisable name as part of the pendant + engraving on the pendant itself|
|Necklace Type||Alphabet pendants|
|Personalisation Options||Use alphabet charms to spell out names or messages|
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