How to Draw a Necklace

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Necklaces are "one of the earliest types of adornment worn by humans." Prehistoric necklaces made of bones, shells, plants, and feathers have been found.

In ancient societies, necklaces had magical or religious meanings. Later, they came to be symbols of wealth and status, using precious metals such as gold and silver and rare gemstones.

The most important part of the necklace is the band or chain. Pendants or other decorative objects are attached to this band.

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Today, some necklaces have become a part of popular culture. Rappers and hip hop artists are known for wearing chain necklaces.

The plot of the blockbuster film Titanic (1997) features an exceptionally large blue diamond made into a necklace called the Heart of the Ocean. The necklace was fictional, but replicas of it are often sold to fans.

The Hope Diamond, on display in a similar setting to the necklace in our tutorial, is one of the most famous necklaces in the world.

It's ownership has been documented for 400 years, and it is now on display at the Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Would you like to draw a lovely beaded necklace? This easy, step-by-step necklace drawing tutorial is here to help.

All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Necklace

How to Draw Necklace: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing the necklace's beaded chain. Draw a series of small, connected, irregular rounded shapes. The chain itself should resemble the letter "C." Each of these circular shapes represents a bead or pearl.

How to Draw Necklace: Step 2

2. Continue to draw additional small, irregular, rounded shapes until the necklace itself almost forms a complete loop.

How to Draw Necklace: Step 3

3. Connect the two ends of the necklace by drawing a pendant. Enclose a circular shape, but use a wavy line to give the pendant decorative scalloped edges.

How to Draw Necklace: Step 4

4. Draw a circle in the middle of the pendant.

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How to Draw Necklace: Step 5

5. Draw another, slightly larger, circle around the original circle in the middle of the pendant.

How to Draw Necklace: Step 6

6. Draw short, straight lines from the double circle within the pendant to the valleys of the pendant's scalloped edge. This helps to define the scalloped texture and adds depth to the drawing.

How to Draw Necklace: Step 7

7. Draw another, smaller circle in the center of the pendant. Then, draw straight lines from this circle to the next largest circle. Notice that the lines form small triangle shapes. This forms the precious stone or gemstone at the center of the pendant, complete with the proper cut to make it sparkle.

How to Draw Necklace: Step 8

8. Draw small circles within many of the pearls or beads, beginning at the pendant and working your way up. These circles indicate a shine or sparkle and help give the pearls a rounded appearance. Do something similar to the gemstone by drawing two rounded shapes of different sizes within its central circle. Finally, draw a short curved line parallel to each scalloped edge of the pendant, adding further texture.

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How to Draw Necklace: Step 9

9. Erase a few of the pearls at the top or back of the necklace. Connect the ends of the necklace using a short line; notice the jagged lobe to one side of the line. Then, enclose the middle of the line in an oval. This indicates the clasp used to fasten the necklace, to take it on and off.

How to Draw Necklace: Step 10

Color your necklace. Pearls and gemstones come in many different colors. Pearls can be white, pink, blue, or even black. Gems may be green emeralds, red rubies, purple amethyst, blue sapphires, clear diamonds, or many other colors.

Who is to wear this lovely necklace? Check out our people drawing guides, where you will find a princess and more.

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