A Jewelry Store Staple: The Station Necklace

If you’re looking for an easy-breezy kind of jewel, the station necklace may be it. Typically of the delicate chain variety, it’s a style that’s elegant on its own, but is often also seen layered with other thin chains. If long enough, it can even be wrapped around the neck several times—a versatile quality that allows its look to be changed based on neckline, mood, whatever.

A station necklace is exactly how it sounds: Adornments sit along a chain in stations, be they gemstones (often bezel set), beads, or even an assortment of shapes (like the starry necklace from Italian jeweler Spallanzani, below).

I always called them “diamonds by the yard” necklaces, but in an official capacity, that would be a mistake—the term is a registered trademark of Elsa Peretti, whose designs you will find at Tiffany & Co. (I mistakenly thought it was Tiffany’s itself that held the trademark.)

By the way, my colleague Amy Elliott, predicts that long, swingy station necklaces will be trending at JCK Las Vegas this year, so keep an eye out for styles much like these, with plenty of variations to boot.


Effy diamond station necklace
Station necklace in 14k white gold with diamonds, $1,328; Effy

Eriness mini square necklace

Necklace with mini squares in 14k yellow gold with diamonds, $650; Eriness

Roberto Coin mother of pearl necklace

Necklace in 18k yellow gold with 11.94 cts. t.w. mother-of-pearl and 0.2 ct. t.w. diamonds, $7,200; Roberto Coin

Tacori Crescent Cove Waves necklace

Crescent Cove Multi-Wave necklace in sterling silver, $490; Tacori

Zoe Chicco Floating Diamonds necklace

Floating Diamonds necklace in 14k yellow gold with 0.34 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,350; Zoë Chicco

Spallanzani Stella necklace

Stella necklace in 18k yellow gold with ruby, €2,800; Spallanzani


Marie Canale drop station necklace

Drop station necklace in 18k yellow gold with 0.57 ct. sapphire and 0.5 ct. t.w. diamonds, $4,625; Maria Canale

Ania Haie Geometry Class circle pendant necklace

Geometry Class circle necklace in 14k rose gold–plated sterling silver, $49; Ania Haie

Dana Bronfman Pyramid chain necklace


Pyramid chain necklace in blackened silver and 18k yellow gold, $1,535; Dana Bronfman

Pictured at top: Kite station necklace in 18k yellow gold with 2.73 cts. t.w. black diamonds, $6,650; Doryn Wallach

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