Layering jewellery is a work of art

Styling jewellery opens a world of creativity! Days of separating gold and silver metals or taking a conservative, ‘less is more’ approach to jewellery is over. Today there is ‘carte blanche’ to create a bespoke, signature look – from necklaces to rings, layering and stacking has become the trend du jour. The opportunities are endless and jewellery layering has become an art form.

Necklace Layering

Covid ensured that waist-up dressing became a way to make an impact, featuring zoom-worthy statement jewels. Layering necklaces (or wearing multiple chains together) is personal, start with the first piece you want to wear and build from there. When pairing chains, the length is important to create visual intrigue and separation. This allows each piece to shine individually without crowding each other, creating a tasteful collective. The number and type of necklaces chosen comes down to personal taste. If you are new to this, start with two simple strands and curate a collective from there.

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Bracelet Layering

Customise a wrist stack to suit every occasion – the key is to go for a variety of textures you like, whatever your style persona is. A minimalist gold bangle is a timeless starting point. Build upon this with different links, beads, diamonds, stones, shells, pearls and personal charms. Make a delicate statement with a few fine bracelets or a bold statement with up to 5-10 bracelets. As a golden rule, your stack should never cover a third of your forearm. Don’t be afraid to style up your watch by adding bracelets one by one. Play with the look and feel!

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Earring stacks

Gone are the days of single ear piercings with multiple points now being pierced along the ear. The shape of your ear paves the way for how creative you can be with your ear stack. Mixing up styles and textures is key to making your stack stand out. Avoid looking like a Christmas tree by following a cascading rule with heavier, dangling pieces on the lobe and more refined stud pieces progressing up the ear. If you are planning for more piercings, discuss positioning with a professional for balance and symmetry.

Ring stacks

The golden rule with ring stacking is to mix and match – metals, stones and links.  You want to also create a sense of balance and a look that plays into your personality. Think of rings as characters telling a story, each with a part to play. Leave some fingers bare to prevent being overdone but do stack on both hands to avoid being lopsided. Experimentation is the key to creating a well styled ring stack.

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