Y-Necklaces: Why Not?

Jul 12, 2007

The Y-necklace (along with The Rachael haircut) was one of the lasting effects from the popular TV show Friends. As you can see from the photo, the Y-necklace is named for its "Y" shape. A recent article in JCK.com mentions the comeback of the Y Necklace and this is one trend from the 1990s that I'm happy to see back. (Is anyone really waiting for the Macarena to come back again?)

One of the reasons for its enduring popularity is that the y-necklace is a very versatile style that is easy to personalize:

Chain. Instead of the more traditional silver, try copper or brass chain, chain with different shaped links like hearts or diamonds, or some of the larger-link chains that are now available.

Beads. Jamie uses crystals, seed beads, and pearls in her classic design. There's no reason you couldn't try small semi-precious stones, glass, ceramic, or other types of beads. You do want to be careful about weight—heavy stones will pull the neck forward and be very uncomfortable to wear.

Length. The typical length for a Y-necklace is usually around princess length (18"), but there's no reason you can't go longer—or shorter.


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conib3 wrote
on Aug 1, 2007 5:28 PM
Maybe this has already been discussed ad nauseam elsewhere, but since I'm hoping that I haven't heard the latest word on the subject:

As much as I love the look of copper and antiqued brass (child of the '60s that I am), I don't love the fact that those metals turn my skin green!

(My memories of the results of wearing all that great antiqued brass jewelry from the little hippie boutiques in my town have not faded away completely ...)

Anyway, it seems to me that applying a lacquer to (for example) all of the metal of a long and complex wire-and-bead necklace might be particularly fiddly work ... but is that the only thing that can remedy the situation? And if so, is there a lacquer that stands up to wear so that it wouldn't have to be reapplied after wearing the piece on a hot summer day?