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19 Reasons Necklaces Are Hotter Than Ever

From backbone-boosting amulets to clavicle-covering carpets of gems, a necklace is a piece with power.




A NECKLACE HANGS FRONT AND CENTER, proudly prominent, subject to the rhythm of every breath. A necklace is intimate, immediate. It drapes across the nape of the neck and down to the décolletage; it can be tucked in like a secret or flaunted with pride. A necklace is the closest piece of jewelry to the wearer’s beating heart.

Rahaminov Diamonds (ABOVE)

Platinum and 18K rose-gold necklace with a fancy brown-ish orangy pink diamond (2.02 TCW). (213) 622-9866, rahaminov.comPrice on request

Daily Delights

Like an amulet in a fairy tale, the right necklace can help its wearer focus the strength and energy required to take on the challenges of the daily grind. Necklaces are the easiest kind of jewelry to throw on: they require no piercings and they’re almost never the wrong size.


18K white gold necklace with Eternitymark diamond pendant (0.62 TCW).


(877) 772-6676,


Dana Kellin

Diamond pavé pendant with gray diamond rondelle beads in 14K gold.


(212) 730-9523,


Ark Fine Jewelry

18K yellow gold pendant with diamonds.


(310) 889-8086,



Adriatic Jewelry

14K gold necklace with white sapphire dangle.


(201) 458-4393,


Kristen Dorsey Designs

Black rhodium-plated sterling silver necklace with labradorite and diamonds.


(310) 489-3763,



Serpent pendant necklace with ruby eye and emerald charm in oxidized sterling silver with gold.


(573) 590-0827,


Southern Gates

Cargo mirror link tassel necklace in sterling silver.


(800) 845-6964,


Taylor Wilkinson Designs

18K yellow gold vermeil over sterling silver with black pavé diamonds.




Marcia Budet

18K yellow gold necklace with amethyst and diamonds.


(212) 929-0184,

Evening Events

Is there anything that elevates the mood from mundane to magnificent like the feeling of fastening a glittering expanse of gems around one’s neck? Instant transformation at the catch of a clasp. These necklaces are the ones for the nights to remember.

Yael Designs necklace

Yael Designs

18K two-tone gold with tanzanite (3.15 TCW), topaz (20.80 TCW), sapphires (0.89 TCW), and diamonds (2.57 TCW).


(415) 989-9235,


Haridra yellow gold necklace


18K yellow gold necklace with opals (127.65 TCW) and diamonds (5.75 TCW).


(212) 354-7550,


John Buechner

Platinum necklace with demantoid garnets (78.67 TCW) and diamonds (3.05 TCW).

Price on request

(800) 541-26750,


K. Brunini Objects Organique antler necklace

K. Brunini

Objects Organique antler necklace in 18K yellow gold.


(858) 259-8779,


GiGi Ferranti choker

GiGi Ferranti

Choker in 14K rose gold with diamonds (0.50 TCW).


(718) 251-1614,



Lauren K necklace

Lauren K

18K yellow gold necklace with pink and orange sapphires (8.30 TCW) and diamonds (0.04 TCW).


(212) 719-2067,


Amali Jewelry tanzanite necklace

Amali Jewelry

18K yellow gold necklace with tanzanite.


(213) 840-6050,


Estyn Hulbert necklace with pearls

Estyn Hulbert

Necklace with black freshwater pearls on a 14K gold-filled chain.


(347) 596-4080,


Daria de Koning necklace

Daria de Koning

18K yellow gold necklace with aquamarine, amazonite, quartz, tourmaline, and apatite.


(310) 873-3236,

Becky Stone writes about jewelry styles for INSTORE. She is founder and CEO of well-known jewelry blog Diamonds in the Library.

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A Liquidation Sale during a Pandemic? Wilkerson Showed Them the Way

For 25 years, Stafford Jewelers of Cincinnati, Ohio, was THE place to go for special gifts, engagement diamonds, high-end Swiss watch brands — in other words, the crème de la crème of fine jewelry. But this summer, the Stafford family was ready to retire. So, they chose Wilkerson to help them close up shop. “One of the biggest concerns was having the sale in the middle of COVID,” says Director of Stores Michelle Randle. Wilkerson gave the Stafford team plenty of ideas as well as safety guidelines, which they closely followed. “All of the employees felt safe, the customers coming in the door felt safe and we did a lot of business,” says Randle. How much business? “The inventory flew,” she says. Translation: They sold millions and millions of dollars-worth of merchandise. Randle calls it, “an incredible experience.” Would she recommend Wilkerson to other retailers who are thinking of thinning their inventories or retiring? “Everyone got more than what they expected out of the sale. You have to hire Wilkerson. They’re amazing.”

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