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The Art of Layering Necklaces

The art of layering necklaces is a popular jewelry trend offering a canvas for personal expression and style. This creative approach allows you to create a unique and visually appealing look by combining various necklaces and pendants  that reflect your personality and style. From selecting a base necklace to balancing lengths, styles, and themes, the possibilities are as endless as your imagination. Let’s delve into mastering the art of necklace layering, with tips and techniques to help you create stunning and meaningful layered looks that make a statement. 

Whether you prefer a delicate and dainty style or a bold and eclectic look, the art of layering necklaces invites you to explore, experiment, and confidently showcase your individuality through jewelry. You want to start by wearing the shortest necklace closest to your neck and then add the longer ones in ascending order. It’s also best to wear the smaller design on the top and the bigger necklace on the bottom, as this arrangement helps to create a cascading effect. This draws attention to each pendant and makes it more visually uniform. For a cohesive look, keep the metals and colors consistent. For a more eclectic look, mix and match with metals and colors to create a more unique style. Your outfit is a key component too when choosing your necklaces. Make sure to take into account the neckline of your outfit when layering necklaces. This style works best when paired with v-neck, scoop-neck, or boat-neck tops and dresses that provide a complementary display for multiple pendant sizes.

Make a Statement: 

14K Gold Larimar Teardrop Pendant with Pavé Seahorse Mandorla Pendant

To achieve an aesthetically pleasing, layered effect, mix statement necklaces of varying sizes, styles, and textures. For instance, combine a Pavé 14k gold piece with a bright blue Larimar pendant for an eye-catching contrast. While statement necklaces are typically attention-grabbing on their own, layering them can take your style to the next level. Start by choosing a standout statement necklace that will serve as the focal point of your layered look. This necklace should be substantial in size, featuring bold colors or designs. 

Dainty and Classic: 

14K gold initial pendant paired with whale tail charm pendant with engraving

Looking for a more minimalist approach? Smaller jewelry pieces are the perfect choice to layer for a dainty look. This creates an understated yet chic layered look. Incorporate small, meaningful pendants or charms into your necklace layers. These can include initials, pearls, shells, or other symbols that hold significance to you. 

Same design, different sizes:

sterling silver larimar ocean wave pendants in different sizes

If you love a certain design and want to go for that wow factor, layer it with an identical design in a different size. This is a stylish and coordinated way to create a visually appealing layered look. Add cohesion to your ensemble while still allowing yourself to play with proportions. You can opt for a small, medium, or large pendant to pair together to create this really cool and impactful look. 


Paula S.

Such a pretty way to wear necklaces!

Joan A

Great ideas for layering jewelry!

Arthur Otsuka

Nice necklace creations.

Stephanie Moore

Such beautiful jewelry – I love the idea of layering!

Caroline H

This was very helpful. Thank you!

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