Style: Collars to covet

Styled by Jesma Reynolds
Photographs by Missy McLamb

Collar necklaces have recently caught our eye.
Like the best in style, these collarbone-skimming jewels have been around forever. Cleopatra wore them well; so do the Masaai. From Nefertiti in 1350 BC to Madonna in the 1980s; from Holly Golightly to Frida Kahlo, show-stopping women have long embraced this accessory that so gracefully accentuates the neck, frames the face, and adds instant elegance. There’s no arguing that these delightful, shorter necklaces flatter the wearer, regardless of her age, era, style…or species. With holiday parties on the horizon, Walter thought it would be festive to try some favorites on friends who wear collars with particular panache every day of the year.

 Sophie wears a Lizzie Fortunato multi-stone necklace, Vermillion.

On Sky, faceted rhinestone collar, Moon & Lola

Clockwise from top left:  Vintage 1970s cuff collar, private collection; Lizzie Fortunato antique gold plated chain necklace with assorted pearls, smoky quartz and pyrite, Vermillion; Circa 1920s estate emerald floral and diamond necklace, Elaine Miller Collection; Theodosia turquoise multi-strand choker with vintage buckle clasp, Quintessentials; Estate Cartier 18k gold collar with signature clasp, Elaine Miller Collection; Faceted rhinestone collar, Moon & Lola; Theodosia garnet multi-strand necklace with vintage brass buckle, Quintessentials.