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Layer Up! 5 Top tips for layering your jewellery like a pro

Layer Up! 5 Top tips for layering your jewellery like a pro

All > One

Text: Kelly Lim

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Why wear one piece when you can stack them all? To help you master the layered jewellery game, here are the top tips you need to know when it comes to stacking bling

What's the easiest way to elevate any outfit? Jewellery! These days, it's no longer just about wearing one statement piece but decking up your most cherished pieces altogether for maximum (yet subtle) impact.

Layered jewellery is nothing new: From Coco Chanel's iconic string of pearls to Rihanna's recent Met Gala diamonds and the multilayered accessories seen on the recent Spring/Summer 2022 runways, the style has had multiple moments in the spotlight. Whether it is earrings, bracelets or necklaces, the clever jewellery hack is the easiest way to instantly add a touch of personality to your look––and the best part is that there are no rules. Mix your fashion pieces with your fine bijoux, and mesh the masculine with the feminine; your body is your canvas to experiment with and adorn. Plus, you can get more mileage out of your jewellery box if you know how to layer your pieces. Read on for some top tips on the art of layering jewellery:  

1. Find your anchor

First things first, choose the centrepiece of your décolletage. This will be the star of the day and what you'll build the other pieces around. Think statement pendants or diamond-encrusted emblems––pieces that steal the show, because these show-stoppers can also help to minimise chain-tangling.

2. Vary your lengths 

Though we advise styling to your intuition and mood, note that varying lengths are also important for creating depth and allows for all your different necklaces to be seen. Additionally, mixing different weights and chain types will keep your neck mess-free as pieces will fall differently on your body. We advise starting with more delicate pieces as the shortest, and working with heavier chains as you go down.

3. Don't be afraid to mix and match 

More really is more! This goes for chain styles, materials, price points...the list goes on. Combine colours, shapes and cuts. Anything goes. Bring your silver or gold essentials together with special diamond pieces or heirlooms. Look for bands or rings with flat edges that'll sit well together. And if you're looking to layer your bracelets with a watch, style more durable pieces of different textures that'll hold strong next to the timepiece. 

4. Synergise 

To make sure your look feels less thrown on and more (effortlessly) curated, it's wise to have some sort of theme that ties everything together. If you're looking to combine necklaces with rings and bracelets, have the key elements of your necklaces carry through to your other pieces, whether that manifests as a small diamond gem here and there or a specific vibe throughout.

5. Don't overdo it

While the layering trend dictates that you can wear chains over chains over chains, there is a limit to how many pieces you should stack. We advise a maximum of five chains when it comes to necklaces and not to cover more than a third of your forearm for bracelets. And if you tend to go over the top, remove the last piece you put on when you think your look is complete. 

Below, shop our pick of fine jewellery brands for additional layers to add on top of your existing jewellery collection: 

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