Got this 'collar' necklace a couple of weeks ago but you don't see the collar shape. So I changed it.
STEP 1. Flip it over to see the links that join each square stone together.
STEP 2. Taking sharp scissors and starting from the bottom center of the necklace, slowly snip a link at a time. Rhinestones will fall. You are cutting them out to create that 'V' opening.
STEP 3. Keep slowly snipping links. You can see the gap to create a V shape.
STEP 4. Flip the necklace front side to check for uniformity and a defined v-shape. This is where I stopped.
STEP 5. Check the overall effect.
STEP 6. I made about 5 snips of the links to make a more defined collar. It's imperfect but I like stuff that way.
STEP 7. Layer over anything. I wore mine today over a vintage T-shirt but dresses or plain T-shirts will work
Yea I know. Collars are everywhere and we're probably getting sick of them. Got to say though. I've been looking for months for a vintage necklace collar. Not sure that qualifies as the difference but regardless. The search continues. Until I find it I ordered this one from Forever21.
Didn't really love: it's too rounded. But it didn't cost a rent cheque so I got the scissors and cut in a more defined V shape for a collar. (Thx Tess for the brilliant inspiration).
TIP: I can see these steps being done to all sorts of inexpensive rhinestone necklaces. You don't like the shape? DO NOT THROW IT. Grab your scissors and cut it into one you do like. I think the more irregular the shape, the more interesting a piece you'll create anyway that's unique to you.
If you can't be asked or are a scissor phobe:
Dannijo Hixson Necklace
Topshop Mesh Necklace
Young Frankk Hammered Necklace
Also try Etsy?