Style: Essential Elements

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Elegant and expressive, long necklaces have captured the imaginations of designers, who are creating pieces with unique combinations of precious materials and organic stones. From a slinky swag of black diamonds to a glowing strand of Australian opals to a playful pendant modeled on an ancient theory of the universe, these are modern-day

talismans to be worn forever.

Photo 1: From left: Moritz Glik diamond-and-18-karat-gold pendant filled with loose, rose-cut diamonds, $10,210 (at Fragments, 212.334.9588,; Gurhan kyanite bead necklace with 24-karat gold and sterling silver, $2,995 (at Bernie Robbins, 609.927.4848,; Judith Ripka baroque pearl necklace with diamonds, $12,500 (212.517.8200,; Jack Kelége bead necklace in sterling silver

and 18-karat gold, price upon request (877.653.5343,

Photo 2: From left: Kimberly McDonald Laguna agate pendant with diamonds, $6,600 (at Forty Five Ten, 214.559.4510,; K. Brunini Australian Jundah opal necklace, $22,600 (at Meridian Jewelers, 970.925.3833,; Pomellato 18-karat rose gold and jet chunky link necklace, $31,900, and a carved jet pendant, $1,850, on an 18-karat rose gold chain, $5,950 (800.254.6020,

Photo 3: From left: Yossi Harari faceted agate necklace with a “gilver” bead, $2,745, and triple-strand aquamarine necklace with rose cut blue diamond accents, $7,415 (at Bergdorf Goodman, 212.872.2518,; Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry black diamond tassel necklace, $39,500 (888.756.9912,; Colette diamond-and-moonstone pendant, $14,900 (at Fragments, 212.334.9588,; David Yurman bead necklace with labradorites, quartz, diamonds, and sterling silver, price upon request (at the David Yurman Townhouse, 212.752.4255,

Photo 4: From left: Elizabeth Locke chrysoprase-and-19-karat-gold link necklace, $12,700 (at Neiman Marcus, 800.937.9146,; Gurhan multicolor tourmaline necklace, $13,600 (at Neiman Marcus, 310.550.5900,; Temple St. Clair sapphire-and-diamond pendant modeled after Ptolemy’s geocentric theory of the universe, $25,000, on an 18-karat gold chain, $3,500 (800.590.7985,; Marco Bicego 18-karat gold link necklace, $17,750 (at Saks Fifth Avenue, 212.753.4000,

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