Less is more? I don’t think so! With this maximal beaded necklace, Alexis Bittar proves more is not only more, it’s better. The mixed media of these multi-shaped, oversized stones and crystals packs enough oomph for ten necklaces. It also carries the variety of ten different pieces. Smokey quartz, turquoise, chysoprase, dyed chalcedony, fluorite, and imitation pearls (good luck repeating all that when people ask you what your jewel is!) have all come together for a monumental medley that looks powerful enough to shatter the earth. Actually, these rocky beads look as though they were plucked right from it. Encrust some of them in pave Swarovski crystal detailing, with gold thicket separators, and more interest has been added to an already fascinating array of eye candy.
That’s why I love Alexis Bittar – his use of color, texture, and shapes keeps him at the top of his game, and this chunky necklace is a prime example of his capabilities. The question is, are you capable of pulling it off? This is for a girl with bold confidence, and a strong collarbone to match. I say go for it. Rarely do quirky, ethnic, and elegant come together for the ultimate sense of chic. At Saks Fifth Avenue for $545.
Pair with: How to make exotic beads fall-appropriate? Wear this with a spectacularly simple dress. Joseph’s gray merino wool sheath knows better than to even try to compete. At Barneys New York for $495.