From Plain to Polished: Mastering the Mix & Match of Jewelry Layering

June 02 2023 – Maria Corazon Timajo

Hey there, style-savvy jewelry enthusiasts! Ready to take your accessory game to the next level? Say goodbye to those one-and-done jewelry days and say hello to the art of layering. We're here to spill the beans on how to effortlessly mix and match your necklaces, bracelets and rings for a look that's oozing with personality. 

But why should you start layering your jewelry in the first place? Well, let us tell you. Jewelry layering allows you to unleash your inner fashionista, infusing your style with depth and individuality. It's like a delicious fashion cocktail—layering adds that perfect twist, making your outfit go from "meh" to "wowza" instantly. It's a chance to showcase your favorite pieces in a fresh and exciting way, breathing new life into your jewelry collection.

The Basics of Layering Jewelry

Before we start stacking those gems, let's talk fundamentals. Layering jewelry is all about creating visual interest and depth. The key is to start with a focal point—a statement piece that steals the show. It could be a dazzling pendant necklace, a chunky bracelet, or a cluster of eye-catching rings. Once you've got your centerpiece, it's time to build around it. Varying lengths and textures will keep things intriguing, while balancing proportions ensures a harmonious look.  

Layering Necklaces: A Delicate Dance

Necklaces are the perfect playground for your layering prowess. Mix and match different lengths and styles for a cascading effect that turns heads. Picture this: a dainty and classic white cubic zirconia tennis necklace paired with a slightly longer pear bar necklace for a touch of drama. Bam! Instant chic. If you're heading to the office, opt for a more subtle layering approach with delicate chains and a single meaningful pendant. Casual style? Go with a gold-filled mesh necklace and a short necklace with a simple chain and pendant to create mismatched textures. 

Ashley wearing curved pear CZ necklace

Now, a general rule of thumb is to aim for at least 1 inch of height between each layered necklace. This ensures that each necklace stands out and contributes to the overall layered effect. To achieve this, make sure that the length difference between each necklace is 2 inches or more. For example, try pairing a choker with a 16-inch necklace, then add a 20-inch pendant necklace for a stunning tiered effect. Keep experimenting until you find the perfect balance that reflects your personal style. It's your jewelry, your style, your say.

Bracelet Stacking: Stack It Up, Own It

Female wearing our polymer clay disc and gold-filled bead bracelet

When it comes to bracelets, stacking is the name of the game. Don't be afraid to mix and match different types of bracelets for a look that screams confidence. Slip on some sleek bangles, throw in a delicate chain, and add a touch of elegance with a dainty gemstone bracelet. Voila! You're a wrist-stacking pro. Working from morning to night? No problemo! Start with a couple of refined gold cuffs for the office, then pile on some colorful beaded bracelets for a post-work happy hour. The possibilities are endless!

Ring Stacking: The More, the Merrier

Ring stacking

Rings are the secret weapon of any jewelry aficionado. Stacking rings across different fingers creates a mesmerizing effect that demands attention. Mix metals like a boss—yellow gold, rose gold, and silver all happily coexist in the world of ring stacking. Experiment with gemstones, playing with different colors and cuts for an extra pop. Imagine a vibrant turquoise ring paired with a delicate opal band. It's like a mini party happening on your fingers! And guess what? This party goes from day to night without skipping a beat.

Having Fun with Layering

Here's the best part, folks—jewelry layering has no rules. It's all about expressing your unique style and having a blast. Break those outdated fashion norms and mix metals, textures, and colors like it's nobody's business. Don't shy away from incorporating personal pieces that hold sentimental value. Vintage heirlooms, anyone? The sky's the limit, so go ahead and let your creativity run wild.


There you have it, jewelry-loving friends! You're now equipped with insider tips to rock the art of jewelry layering. Then, it's time to unleash your unique style, mix those metals, and stack with abandon. Remember, there are no limits to your creativity when layering jewelry.

If you're itching to put your newfound knowledge into practice, why not check out our stunning jewelry collections? At ASJD, we love to mix and match high/low jewelry. So, don’t hesitate to mix your solid gold heirloom or anniversary gift jewelry with cubic zirconia or pops of color from our gemstone collection.

And hey, if you're craving something truly extraordinary, our team is ready to create a one-of-a-kind piece just for you. Schedule a custom consultation online or in person, and let's bring your dream jewelry to life.

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