The basic single pendant necklace is the very soul of elegant simplicity, but simplicity alone fails to define the forms this piece can take. There are few things as lovely as a singular pendant on a plain chain, it’s true. The style speaks of an assuredness in each component of the design, a bare confidence in every detail, knowing that it is exactly what it should be, no more, and no less. But from simple beginnings great things are born, and our designers coaxed unimaginable elaboration from some of our single pendant necklaces. They have taken the pendant, which at its simplest may be comprised of only one metal or stone in a plain shape, and transformed it. The stone’s setting is no longer spare but ornate, and not only that, but now the central gem is haloed by many others. In some designs, the necklace from which the pendant is suspended is more elaborate than the pendant itself, so loaded with jewels it’s impossible to say what holds them together. There is no wrong way to design a pendant necklace when it comes right down to it. Jes MaHarry’s singular designs speak of sweet sentiment, while Ananda Khalsa’s pendant necklaces exude a regal grace, and Rebecca Lankford’s pieces embody an organic beauty. Truly, there is no wrong way to make them, and no wrong way to wear them, either—except to not wear them at all.