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Some trends go in and out of fashion—thick eyebrows, thin eyebrows, nude lips, bold lips, subtle jewellery, bold jewellery. It’s been a while since we’ve seen major pieces of statement jewellery on the red carpet, but who isn’t partial to a powerful piece to lift up an otherwise neutral or understated look?

Some of our fave celebs certainly seem keen to resurrect the trend—from Rihanna’s layered pearl days, to ScarJo’s dramatic matching accessory, to Cate Blanchett showing us she was always miles ahead of the pack. Meanwhile, there are others like—gasp!—Beyoncé who seemed to struggle with the concept all those years ago.

Join us, as we take a look back at some of our fave statement necklaces of fashion past…

Statement necklaces: the good, the bad, the ugly

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  • Scarlett Johansson

    Scarlett Johansson

    At the Oscars five years ago, ScarJo opted for a draping, high-necked neck piece. We say piece because it almost looks like a part of the dress added on separately. The effect is unusual and eye-catching, and we applaud her (or her stylist) for it.

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  • Carey Mulligan

    Carey Mulligan

    Oh, Carey. No matter the year, an oversized, bejewelled necklace does not a stylish look make. Perhaps the straps make this even worse, but all in all, it’s not a strong look, even by 2010 standards.

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  • Cate Blanchett

    Cate Blanchett

    At the 2015 Oscars, Cate was well ahead of the turquoise statement necklace trend. Paired with this simple, elegant black dress, and a characteristically chic updo, she shows the rest how it’s done.

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  • Lake Bell

    Lake Bell

    Ten years ago, Lake was still channelling more of a punky vibe with her fashion. The little black dress is perfectly inoffensive, but the necklace is a headscratcher—green faux pearls, with a weird metallic bar? Thanks, but no thanks, Lake.

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  • Cate Blanchett, again

    Cate Blanchett, again

    Why are we surprised to find that Cate was rocking this trend to perfection all the way back in 2013? Here she is in Dubai with this oversized gold number, to set off a muted, caped mauve gown. It’s a stunning blend of colours, textures, and finishes. Brava, Ms. B.

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  • Rihanna

    Rihanna

    Ahh… before she morphed into the style icon we know and love today, Riri was taking baby steps into the world of high-fashion all the way back in 2009. The oversized, multi-layered pearls might look ridiculous on anyone else, but here they’re looking just fine.

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  • Sarah Jessica Parker

    Sarah Jessica Parker

    It may have been 2008, but SJP is looking rather ‘90s in this satin dress and mismatching necklaces. The whole ensemble’s a tad unsophisticated, and we know she can do better.

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  • Beyoncé

    Beyoncé

    Heck, back in 2009 even Queen B was getting in on the act, but we’re not sure she should go back any time soon. Peep her layered necklace from neck to décolletage. We get she was going for an ultra-coordinated look, but it looks oh-so-dated.

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  • Rachel Bilson

    Rachel Bilson

    Normally a complete style maven, we honestly have no idea what Rachel was thinking, here in 2009. The necklace is more oversized play-stethoscope than trendy accessory.

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  • Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga

    Channelling her inner fair lady at last year’s Academy Awards, Gaga borrowed the actual Tiffany jewels Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Talk about a slam dunk of a statement piece.

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  • Jessica Biel

    Jessica Biel

    At the Oscars three years ago, Jessica took statement necklace to a whole new level with this full statement outfit. But stunning textured, fitted gown aside, the necklace would work just as well on a neutral piece, and we’re here for all of it.

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