Statement Necklaces: Making A Unique Statement

Pendant from Greece

If you want your statement necklace to be one of kind, unique to only you and not found anywhere else, then you need to contact Deborah Long-Shirley! In San Antonio, clients will bring her an outfit and she will make a necklace just for them…their own personal statement!

Deborah Long-Shirley, Artful Adornment

Debby fell in love with necklace design in 2003; and then ramped it up in 2006 after retiring from thirty six years of teaching. “It all started with a white coral necklace I made which received a lot of attention,” she said. But, what fuels her inspiration, are the stones. “They speak to me,” she said with a smile. “I never order online. I have to touch them, see them and begin to envision a piece in my mind.” At 63, her business is growing to where she now supplies boutiques and has individual orders rolling in. 

“It is rare that I put something together that I take apart,” she said. “My husband gave me great advice in the beginning. Just design what I would want to wear…my point of view. If I don’t like it, then I am not going to sell it.” One thing she loves is color. You see it used beautifully in her necklaces and in her home!

The local team of style consultants selling the “W” line have already met with Debby, showed her the line, and she will present pieces at their spring show to go with each outfit! Pieces include pendants from Greece…leaves from Colorado…stones from around the world. Turquoise will be throughout this spring collection, and she takes extended time to design several pieces with a fabulous, sturdy macramé foundation.

“When wearing a statement necklace, allow the necklace to do all of the talking,” she said. “Make sure all other accessories are minor and few, so that the eyes only go to the necklace.”

I guarantee you if you wear one of her pieces, the eyes go nowhere else! That’s quite a statement! If you would like to contact Debby:

Deborah Long-Shirley, Artful Adornment




Yes, I am wearing tourquoise skulls!  Not, normally a “lover of
skulls” I actually like this!!

For more statement necklace fun, just go to Everything Just So and Adrienne.

I think these abalone shells are my favorite…Debby actually found these
pieces in different locations!  But they look as though they were fashioned
to be together!

Another unique pendant from Greece!


  1. Wow! What a talent Debby is. I love your necklace – thank you for participating in our statement necklace post, by the way.
    That necklace of Debby's with the amethyst crystals is spectacular! It's my favorite.

  2. Pam, I am so loving that turquoise skull necklace. Wow! I normally don't like skull jewelry either but that necklace is so great. You look wonderful and I'm so glad you joined us for the statement necklace fun. Whee! XO, Jill

  3. These are just astounding – Debby, you get better and better. People stop me when I wear my turquoise necklace and ask me who designed it. Cheers and kudos!!

  4. ABsolutely fabulous! If you fall in love with a necklace, just buy it. If you don't have anything in your closet to go with it, it is worth it to buy an outfit to match. I love all of Debby's wearable works of art.

  5. I love the idea of getting a necklace made specifically and uniquely for an outfit. Statement necklaces are a favorite of mine, but having one that is all yours is even better. – Katy

  6. I love Debby's beautiful Greek necklaces. I have worn her necklaces for years. My first was an amazing coral. Loved it.

  7. No one, absolutely NO one makes jewelry like Debby! I have three of her pieces, and I'm always stopped and asked, "Where did you find THAT? It's amazing."

    Phyllis Hayes

  8. Each piece is so unique. I love them all, but will find a special outfit and then photo it and we shall discuss what I want. Deb, you are so creative, and very talented. Beautiful pieces and some are filled with fun….like you!

  9. Debby, love all of your work! I'm take two of your necklaces of Mom's that you made to my national sales meeting in New Jersey. I will show them off proudly. BTW…I also love the skull necklace and will have to get one soon. Maybe I can have a show for you here in Dallas.

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