It's really like a pearl scarf. I bet the weight is evenly distributed. When I first saw this, I thought it looked like a David Yurman piece with the dark chain and pearl combo.
You a designer fan so I knew you'd appreciate this! Are you familiar with HSN? Many many years ago when I was in Jr. High, they sold "Black Gold" and "Black Sterling Silver". My grandma would shop with them every so often. She bought a couple of figaro chains for me. One broke and I made station necklace of pearls and onyx beads. It was one of the first things I created that people seemed to like. No idea where it is today though.
Ooooooo, interesting! It's like a pearl shrug.