Sure, ‘less is more’ is wise advice, but let’s face it: It’s not always the most stylish. If you’re looking to up your jewellery game, the answer is simple — layer up. Layering your jewellery is a great way to elevate your outfits and add extra oomph to any look. It does require a slight amount of finesse, however. But thankfully, there’s a tried and tested approach to get you on the right track; and we’re ready to spill.
Get your fingers, wrists and neck ready. You’re this close to becoming the undisputed jewellery connoisseur of the night. Here are 5 tips on how to layer jewellery like an absolute pro.
1. Go For Contrasting Pieces
Juxtapose contrasting pieces — geometric shapes, materials, textures, and contemporary motifs — for a striking, memorable look. Balance bolder pieces with delicate ones, and don't be afraid to mix different metals for added texture and depth.
But as you do so, keep it harmonious by picking a common thread between the two metals, such as shine. For example, diamonds or other gemstones will both warm up a yellow or rose gold piece, while giving a crisp clarity to cooler metals like white gold or platinum. You'll end up with more cohesive, polished layers that still feel unique without being overly busy.
2. Find A Versatile Piece To Build Your Style
Before you start layering, you’ll need a good base — the mainstay of your entire composition. It doesn't have to be statement-making, but it should be something that can easily go with anything you layer on top. A necklace that adjusts to different lengths, for example, can map out the structure and bring focus to your look. You can also use a simple pendant necklace, a dainty gold chain, or a charm bracelet — whichever you prefer. There’s no rule book here.
3. Get Creative With Your Jewellery
Vary the unique characteristics of your layers, instead of settling for the same one. Mid-length pieces look great when they’re overlapped, while longer pieces offer a more subtle option. It’s also worth considering different types of jewellery — a choker can pair nicely with a pendant necklace, and a bracelet can go well with a string of pearls. It’s all about being creative and experimenting with different looks.
To add volume and draw the eye, incorporate different textures into your layers, making sure to start with the boldest and progressing towards the daintiest. This layering technique is especially handy when it comes to stacking rings — you wouldn’t want to have a stack that takes up too much space on your finger
4. Don’t Be Afraid To Mix Metals
Choose one tone as your base, and then accent it with pieces in a different or opposite hue for a pleasing contrast. It doesn’t have to be complicated — simply mixing yellow and white gold jewellery will add a touch of radiance and vibrancy to any look. Or, for a softer twist, opt for rose gold pieces layered with a white gold necklace, for instance. For stacking rings, go for pieces in a similar shape and size to style both metals so they don’t overpower the other.
5. Stack And Layer
Now that you’ve got your fundamentals down, here are a few last tips to help you put together the perfect jewellery stack:
- When pairing necklaces, pay attention to the chain type. If you’re adding only one pendant, add it to the bottom layer or the longest chain in the layers for the most impact.
- Likewise, when layering bracelets, different chain styles add interest, so try to mix and match here. Avoid stacking chunky bracelets as this can look too cluttered.
- For ring stacks, keep them to just one or two fingers and leave the other fingers ring-free for a sleek, striking effect.
- Different metals and materials may require special care, so it pays to be attentive — store pieces in appropriate jewellery cases, thread strand necklaces through a straw, and generally practice careful maintenance to help your collection maintain its timeless appeal.
We’ve got more tips on how to take care of your jewellery — see our Jewellery Care Guide.
Find The Right Jewellery To Make Your Layering Work
Now that you’ve gotten an idea of how to layer your jewellery, it’s time to step things up with Diamond & Platinum’s stunning selection. From classic yellow gold and white gold to trendy rose gold or platinum — from necklaces to rings — you'll find a variety of exquisite pieces perfect for any occasion.
The right jewellery can be a worthwhile investment, so make sure you take steps to protect it. Read up on our educational materials for tips on how to take care of your jewellery, so they can become treasured heirlooms passed down through generations