Frugal fashionistas and luxe ladies alike know the value of easy, breezy style that accompanies the perennially popular station necklace. A design that has spent over half a century as a bejeweled staple, a station necklace is a remarkably simple way to add chic to your everyday look. From Van Cleef & Arpels’ famed Alhambra series, which has graced the necks of the fashionable since Grace Kelly wore the look in the late 1960s, to Elsa Peretti’s minimalist Diamonds By The Yard design for Tiffany & Co., this style of necklace features a chain set with “stations” – individual decorative motifs placed at intervals.
Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Diamonds By The Yard Necklace
Whether your preference is for delicacy or boldness, there is a station necklace that is just your style. Here’s some of our favorite variations of this easy look!
Fit for a Princess
Van Cleef & Arpels 20 Motif Alhambra Necklace
One of the most iconic designs of all time, the Alhambra collection by Van Cleef and Arpels has been a favorite with the ultra-stylish (including Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco) since the late ’60s. The original look featured a series of quatrefoil clover motifs inspired by the exotic architecture of Spain’s Alhambra palace. In the ensuing half a century, VCA has branched out with the series creating the Magic Alhambra and Lucky Alhambra collections which combine butterfly and leaf motif with the original clovers and craft the stations in various sizes and materials.
Going to Great Lengths
Ippolita Quartz Rock Candy Station Necklace
Forever in fashion, ultra-hip New York based designer Ippolita has made her mark on the jewelry world with her signature breezy Boho style. Various sized and shaped stations of faceted semi-precious gems – the brand’s sweet and sexy “Rock Candy” — are paired with a very long chain (in this case, nearly 42 inches!) of hammered yellow gold. Wear it long and layered with shorter chains, or wrap it a few times for a leisurely yet luxe look.
David Webb Tiger’s Eye Station Necklace
High-end designer David Webb is known for his magnificent menagerie of animal inspired jewels. These statement making styles are iconic examples of fine jewelry and are instantly recognizable. But, some occasions call for a little subtlety and we adore the sleek styling of this tiger’s eye station necklace! Perfectly carved cylinders of luminous tiger’s eye are paired with a short yellow gold chain that is perfectly understated.
Beyond the Pale
Diamond Station Necklace in Platinum
In the style made famous by Elsa Peretti in the 1970s, this diamond station necklace is pallid perfection! Fine platinum forms a delicate chain set with seven graduating stations of bezel set diamonds. The icy design offers a ladylike look that flashes with the fire of brilliant cut diamonds.
Pale Blue Topaz Station Necklace in Blackened Gold
An intriguing look that combines breezy Boho style with an on-trend urban feel, this blackened gold and blue topaz station necklace is an interesting choice. A textural treasure of faceted blue topaz with a pale blue tone approaching transparency is paired with the distinctive darkness of blackened gold. Edgy, elegant and endlessly long at over 35 inches, this station style is a true statement necklace.