Layering Necklaces Like a Pro: Tips, Tricks and More!

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Layering necklaces are all over the gram and popular magazines — it must be a modern trend right? Wrong! The Indian brides have been doing this for centuries now and it never went off the trends (of course the jewellery designs have evolved.)

But is it as easy as it seems? Start short, maybe add something longer, what about a colour?

Achieving that "carefully curated mess" look can be tricky! 

If you too, struggle to build the perfect necklace stack and feel like your favourite pieces just won't come together (and untangling them is a nightmare)— Don't worry, you're closer to "neck mess" mastery than you think!

Let's get started…

What is Necklace Layering? 

In a statement: it's an art! 

Layering necklaces is the art of stacking multiple necklaces to create a visually stunning and personalized look. It's like adding layers to your outfit, but for your neck! 

But what's so fun about it? 

It adds depth, lets you express your unique style (loud or quiet!), and breathes new life into old favourites. Plus, it's easier than you think! 

Well, let's skip the necklace lecture, though. We all know where a choker sits compared to a long necklace.

And in case you're a complete newbie, here are the most common layering necklaces: 

  • the choker necklace,
  • the long necklace, 
  • the short necklace, and 
  • the collar necklace. 

Refer to this necklace size chart to help you find different stackables to purchase! 

Layering Process: 

1. Find Your Base: This is the star (or starting point) of your stack. You can start with the shortest and most delicate piece or a long necklace. This could be a choker, a chunkier statement piece, a dainty heart pendant, or even a minimalist diamond necklace— just anything! 

2. Decide the style type: Decide which type of necklace you’re going to be adding to the base necklace. Minimal or statement— it would completely depend on the overall look you wanna reflect. 

3. Build Up: Add dimension! Opt for necklaces progressively longer than your base, around 2-4 inches each. This creates a beautiful cascade.

4. Set the aesthetics: Choose pieces that complement each other's style. A playful opal necklace can pair fine with a classic diamond pendant, but a chunky chain might clash with a delicate birthstone or heart necklace.

And if you’re missing out on a few pieces in your collection, we've got top picks to fill the gap and make your stack so stunning, your friends will be begging to borrow it!

Popular Layering Orders: 

Layering necklaces is all about creating a stunning, personalised statement piece. But how do you arrange them for maximum impact? 

Let's explore some popular layering orders: 

Stacking: This is the classic approach and most common way to layer necklaces. Start with your longest necklace at the bottom and work your way up to the shortest and most delicate piece at the top.

Drape :  Wanna give out a more relaxed vibe? The drape method is for you. Simply layer your necklaces, letting them fall naturally down your torso. This creates a graceful flow that's perfect for adding a touch of bohemian flair. 

Side-by-side : Want to showcase multiple favorites at once? The side-by-side method lets you do just that! Arrange your necklaces side-by-side, leaving some space between them. Here too, size matters!  Start with the biggest and work your way down to the smallest to maintain a balanced look.

Remember: When layering by size, largest to smallest works best for both Stack and Side-by-Side methods. Now go forth and experiment! 

Layering Tips:

Choosing your base:

It all starts with a foundation. Your base necklace should be the most impactful piece in your layered ensemble. This could be a dainty choker with a charming pendant, like a tiny heart necklace or a birthstone necklace representing your special month. Alternatively, a simple diamond necklace for women with a minimalist design can also act as a perfect base layer.

Building your layers:

Once you have your base, it's time to add dimension! Look for necklaces with varying lengths to create a cascading effect. Here's where those statement pieces can shine! An emerald necklace, with its rich green hue, can add a pop of color, while an opal necklace can bring a touch of playful iridescence. Don't be afraid to mix and match textures!  An infinity pendant necklace with diamond can add a touch of luxury next to a more organic-looking garnet necklace. 

Finding harmony in lengths:

The key to successful layering is achieving balance with the lengths of your necklaces. A good rule of thumb is to space them out by 1-2 inches. This creates a visually pleasing hierarchy and prevents them from getting tangled. Consider a mid-length necklace, like a pendant resting just above your collarbone, to bridge the gap between your base layer and a longer statement piece. The longer necklaces may have a gap between 3-4 inches, depending on the look you want to reflect. 

Play with colours: 

Don't be afraid to play with color! Use the captivating power of green with a delicate emerald pendant layered on shimmering peridot chains. Finish with a bold malachite statement necklace. Or create a gradient effect with the help of warm and cool-toned gemstones. For instance, start with a delicate yellow sapphire pendant, adding a citrine necklace with a touch of orange. Complete the look with a long Ruby or garnet station necklace for a fiery head-turner.

You can also try this with a combination of cooler tones like amethyst purple, aquamarine, blue sapphire, blue topaz and turquoise. 

Mixing metals (or sticking with one):

Gold and silver can coexist beautifully! However, if you prefer a more cohesive look, sticking to one metal tone is perfectly acceptable. For a classic look, layer different shades of gold, such as a yellow gold heart necklace paired with a rose gold infinity pendant necklace with diamonds. And If you're drawn to silver, consider layering a simple ruby or garnet necklace with a more intricate opal necklace, both crafted from gleaming white gold, silver or platinum. 

Consider your neckline: 

Choose linear styles with longer chains and narrower pendants to flatter shorter necks, while chokers and mid-length pieces can add visual intrigue to longer necks. 

Go beyond the neckline: 

Try mixing metals across all your jewellery! Don't be afraid to pair your layered necklaces with rings and earrings in different metals.

Layering Tricks: 

Keep in mind these necklace layering hacks while surfing to buy necklace for women online:

  • Check out celebrity necklace stacks or browse social media for inspiration!
  • To avoid the initial overwhelming or running into a confidence breaking mess, you can opt for expert advice! There are fashion advisers available online, or you can simply take Angara's jewellery expert assistance to find your perfect layering match! 
  • Check out our collection of stackable necklace and rings that complements absolutely everything! 
  • Skip the hassle with ready-to-wear stackable necklace sets. They're perfect for layering newbies or anyone who wants a hassle-free, stunning look! 

The Finishing Touch

The final touch? Confidence! Layering necklaces is all about expressing yourself. Don't be afraid to experiment and find combinations that resonate with your personal style. Remember, there are no set rules in fashion. Embrace the fun and create a layered necklace masterpiece that's uniquely you!

Check out Angara's wide range of stackable jewellery collection and get ready to dazzle without the hassle. Shop now! 


1. How to choose the perfect necklace for my neckline?
The right necklace can flatter your neckline! Here's a quick tip: If you have a shorter neck, opt for longer chains and narrower pendants to create a lengthening effect. For longer necks: chokers and mid-length pieces to add visual balance.

2. What are the differences between necklaces and pendants?
A necklace is the chain itself, while a pendant is a decorative piece that hangs from the chain. You can have a necklace without a pendant, but pendants always need a chain to be worn.

3. How many necklaces should I layer together?
Two necklaces are a great way to add a touch of style! But if you want maximum impact, layering three to five pieces creates a visually stunning look. Remember, balance is key – avoid overwhelming your neckline. 

4. What are some trendy necklace layering styles that are popular right now?
Pearl chokers, geometric shapes, celestial charms, colored gemstone pendants, and chunky statement pieces are gaining popularity right now.


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