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.
Station necklace in 14k white gold with diamonds, $1,328; Effy
Necklace with mini squares in 14k yellow gold with diamonds, $650; Eriness
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
Crescent Cove Multi-Wave necklace in sterling silver, $490; Tacori
Floating Diamonds necklace in 14k yellow gold with 0.34 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,350; Zoë Chicco
Stella necklace in 18k yellow gold with ruby, €2,800; Spallanzani
Drop station necklace in 18k yellow gold with 0.57 ct. sapphire and 0.5 ct. t.w. diamonds, $4,625; Maria Canale
Geometry Class circle necklace in 14k rose gold–plated sterling silver, $49; Ania Haie
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