Bigger Is Better: Best Necklaces of 2009

Chains, gems and pearls made necklaces this year's "it" accessories.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actress Amy Adams arrives at the 81st Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on February 22, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Amy Adams
The Oscar accessory that started the Hollywood trend. Amy Adams' vintage gemstone necklace from Fred Leighton is a stunning statement with the bustier neckline of her Carolina Herrera gown. GET THE LOOK: Kenneth Jay Lane Gem Chain Necklace, $605 at Shopbop.
Paris Hilton's white floral motif necklace is fitting for her appearance as a lady who lunches at the U.S. Doctors for Africa benefit in Beverly Hills. The tousled bob is a polished but playful touch. GET THE LOOK: Lee Angel Marie Necklace, $715 at Shopbop.
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Michelle Branch wears a Matthew Williamson teal dress and bib necklace encrusted with chunky stones, also designed by Williamson, at the Country Music Awards in Nashville. GET THE LOOK: Dolores Petunia Statement Necklace, $100 at Etsy.
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Milla Jovovich, wearing Marni at the Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, sports the biggest bib necklace we've ever seen... or are there two??? GET THE LOOK: Prada Stone Bib Necklace, $695 at Bergdorf Goodman.
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Molly Sims accents a gold satin gown with an oversize statement piece that ties on with a ribbon. GET THE LOOK: ASOS Short Triple Row Beaded Necklace With Faceted Stone Pendant, $33.99 at ASOS.
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Olivia Palermo goes boho with a statement necklace in crystal, black, and blue and a fringe-trimmed vest at the Topshop store opening in NYC. GET THE LOOK: Statement Bib Necklace, $39.50 at The Limited.
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Uzbeki "it" girl Gulnara Karimova at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party in an iridescent white gown with an über embellished neckline. We're not sure if it's a necklace or part of her dress, but we love it. GET THE LOOK: Ranjana Khan Beaded Tuxedo Bib Necklace,$576.99 at Saks Fifth Avenue.
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Kate Beckinsale wears an exotic diamond-encrusted bib necklace from Neil Lane with a fitted, black Jil Sander strapless gown at the premiere of Whiteout. GET THE LOOK: Lee Angel Jen Ball Necklace, $375 at Net-a-Porter.
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Shenae Grimes' sparkly collar perfectly accents the tight black satin bustier dress she wore to the GQ "Men of the Year" party at Chateau Marmont. GET THE LOOK: Magnolia Metal Bib Necklace, $68 at White House Black Market.
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Claire Danes sports a cross between a bib necklace and twenties style beads in a neutral tone for head-to-toe Lanvin at the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica. GET THE LOOK: Electric Sunshine Beaded Bib, $17.99 at Fred Flare.
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Emma Stone wears an adorable satin and brass bow necklace from Miu Miu at the premiere of The Ghosts of Girlfriend's Past. GET THE LOOK: Anna Sheffield for Target Cubic Zirconia Ribbon Pendant, $29.99 at Target.
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Russell Brand wears a chain strung with feathers at his book signing at Barnes & Noble in New York City. No stranger to long chains, the look works for him. GET THE LOOK: Feathered Links Necklace, $305 atAnthropologie.
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Tan Zhuo looks stunning in a chunky crystal choker and frothy white Roberto Cavalli gown at the Cannes Film Festival. GET THE LOOK: Kenneth Jay Lane 4 Row Leaf, $105 at Piperlime.
Zhang Ziyi's neck is encircled with iridescent spiky crystals atop a pink floral chiffon Armani at the Cannes Film Festival. Her sleek updo shows it off to perfection. GET THE LOOK: Swarovski Opus Necklace, $5,200 at Swarovski.
Rihanna wears a polished and textured oversize link choker with a big-shouldered silver metallic and hot pink frock by Louis Vuitton. Her crisscross hairdo echoes the necklace's design. GET THE LOOK: Lauren by Ralph Lauren Oval and Circle Link Necklace, $48 at Bloomingdale's.
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Lake Bell does rocker chic by pairing two Dannijo necklaces, the Nicola and Carmela, at the after party for a screening of It's Complicated in New York City. Her long, tousled waves soften the effect of the spiky accessories. GET THE LOOK: Dannijo Nicola, $845 and Carmela, $745 at Dannijo.
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Milla Jovovich piles on the chains at a photocall for A Perfect Getaway in London. We love her red lips with the necklace's silver accents. GET THE LOOK: Madewell Multi Chain & Rhinestone Necklace, $88 at Shopbop.
Jessica Seinfeld wears rhinestone chains which hang from a circle of Lucite atop a Phi bustier dress at the New Yorkers for Children Gala. Her polished, pulled back hairstyle secures her place as a serious benefactor. GET THE LOOK: Rachel Leigh Crystal Fringe Necklace, $167 at Revolve.
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Anne Heche pairs a sparkling teardrop bib necklace by Roxanne Assoulin for Lee Angel with an LBD by Paule Ka at HBO's Hung series premiere in L.A. But her loose locks compete - we wish she'd pulled them back. GET THE LOOK: Kenneth Jay Lane Fancy Bib Necklace, $1,040 at Shopbop.
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Paula Patton wears a sparkly and spiky statement piece to embellish the neckline of her Jason Wu dress at the pre-party for Precious at the Toronto Film Festival. Her sleek, pulled back hairdo shows off her elegance to perfection. GET THE LOOK: Statement Confetti Necklace, $49.50 at The Limited.
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Sandra Bullock gets her pearls and chains in a twist at the premiere of The Proposal in Hollywood. Her textured hair complements the necklace and asymmetrical Alexander McQueen dress. GET THE LOOK: Lee Angel Chain Bow Necklace, $145 at Intermix.
Kim Raver does pearls with a twist at the Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The chunky jumble nicely balances the strong pouf of her one-shouldered dress. GET THE LOOK: Vera Wang Three-Strand Pearl Necklace, $1,150.00 at Neiman Marcus.
Amanda Seyfried wears a chunky and textural Fred Leighton floral necklace at the Academy Awards. We like how the necklace's dark gray tone takes the shine of her red Valentino down a notch. GET THE LOOK: Kristin Davis Silver Flower Necklace, $24 at Belk.
Taraji P. Henson sports a significant sparkler - vintage Fred Leighton - at the Academy Awards. Her frothy mermaid gown is Roberto Cavalli. GET THE LOOK:Crystal Flower Necklace, $78 at White House Black Market.
Blake Lively looks perfectly pristine in sleeveless Chanel and exquisite crystal bloom. We love the scraped back and gelled ponytail, which adds a touch of edge. GET THE LOOK: Filigree Flower Pendant Necklace, $48 at White House Back Market.
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