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Ann Demeulemeester Feather and Swarovski Stone Necklace: Romancing the Stone

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It’s rare you see a monochrome-black, multi-material necklace. Leave it to Belgian designer Ann Demeulemeester to bring a dark edge to feathers and Swarovski stones – it’s all thanks to her twisted, punky, and subtle sensibility.

For Fall 2011, she had her mind on mythological animals (inspired after casting her own silver jewels from the feet of birds she found in her backyard!), and birds entered the picture, via feather-explosive belts and wild, windblown hair. This big pendant necklace is a quiet way to channel the statement and inject some classic Demeulemeester edge into your daily wear.

A long cotton cord lightens up the weight of the sparkling stone, while brass screw-fasteners on the feather bring her signature industrial feel into the mix. Feathers will always add an unexpected touch to accessorizing; jet-black, this is an impossibly easy one to incorporate (and you won’t risk the cheese factor of bright colors). Throw this one on last minute for a fast getaway that is sure to play up your confident style. At At Saks Fifth Avenue for $175. for $175.

Pair with: Enhance industrial-meets-romantic black with a heavy-metal belt. Etro‘s plaque- and ring-embellished cincher, complete with visible screws, will finalize your accoutrements. On Net-a-Porter for $630.

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