By Cindy Edelstein
Lika Behar created this 24-karat gold and oxidized silver bar necklace with 0.23 carats of diamonds. It retails for $
Bar none, the simple line necklace--straight across or curved into a “smile”--has leapt to the top of the fashion trends. And it’s a trend with staying power; some designers have been doing it for years while others just jumped into the fray this year.

For consumers there’s a bar necklace for every taste and style, from posies in a line to bejeweled snakes and every shape in between. They’re simple and luxurious, and easy to give or get for the holiday season. Show them to men who come into the store and don’t know what to get their significant others--tell them to smile and relax, the bar’s got them covered.

Click through this slideshow to see 13 necklaces raising the bar on this trend.

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