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tips + tricks | necklace layering

October 19 2022

model wearing multiple layered chains

Anyone wearing a layered necklace look immediately captivates my attention and curiosity. I start to wonder, "Where did she get all those great necklaces, and what do they represent to her? And how is she so effortlessly chic?"

Each necklace tells a story, representing cherished moments and capturing her unique personality. You can't help but be drawn to the artful arrangement of delicate chains and sparkling pendants, all gracefully adorning her neck. We all want to achieve that effortlessly curated and personal style, but let's be honest - figuring out which necklaces to wear together and how to get the chain lengths just right can be a daunting task.

Necklace layering is no longer a passing fad but a classic way for women of all ages to wear jewelry. It also doesn't necessarily need to result in a maximalist look. Just because you're layering multiple necklaces doesn't mean they all need to be chunky and overbearing. If you prefer a more minimalist arrangement, you can still achieve delicate necklace layers perfect for your personal style.

I want to help you achieve your own personal necklace layering look. In this blog post, I'll be delving into the world of necklace layers, providing clarity, tips, and tricks to help you master this art form with ease.

How to Layer necklaces you already own

Begin with a solid foundation. When layering necklaces, it's essential to have a focal point that draws attention. Begin by selecting the centerpiece of your layered look. This piece will set the tone and provide a foundation for the other necklaces to complement. It doesn't necessarily need to be a statement piece, but it should be your favorite or the one you feel most strongly about.

Since you already have at least one necklace that you'll want to make the focal point, then you'll need to measure that necklace length to determine the other chain lengths you'll need for your layering adventure.

Measure the necklace from end to end on a ruler. Our necklaces are measured from chain end to chain end and do not include the clasp in the measurement. For most accurate conversion, subtract ¾” from the length of your chain.

The image below is a general guide for our chain lengths and where they hit.


Starting from Scratch? Treat Yourself!

If you're starting fresh and haven't yet collected the necklaces you want to layer, you have an advantage—a blank slate to create your desired look. Now, it's time to treat yourself to some jewelry! But where do you begin? First, you need to determine the right necklace lengths to achieve the desired layered effect.

Find the right length
Here's an easy guide to find the right fit:
1. Use a string or cord (a phone charger cord works) to mark where you would like the necklace to hang. * 2. Lay the string/cord on a ruler to measure the length.

* Keep in mind the size/length of the pendant will hang below the chain length.

Time to build your necklace layers

Now that you have an idea of how long you'd like at least one necklace to be, you can start building your layers. For layering necklaces close together, we recommend a 2” difference.

While everyone has their own preferences and style, we love layering smaller pendants on shorter chains with larger pendants on a longer chain. 

Express yourself with necklace layers

I get that everyone has their own preferred style when it comes to necklace layering, whether it's wearing chains of similar lengths or combining a choker with a long necklace. My goal isn't to change your preference or style, but rather to provide you with the tools to create a powerful and personal statement. By mixing pendant shapes, textures, and lengths, you can unleash your creativity and make a unique fashion statement that reflects your individuality. Keep reading for some more tips on expressing your individuality through necklace layers.

Layered necklaces aren't simply a fashion statement; they're an expression of who you are. Every necklace tells a story, whether it's a gift from a loved one or a token of self-love you've acquired along your journey. Embrace the personal connection each necklace holds and let it guide your layering choices. Look for pieces that complement one another in terms of style, theme, or sentiment.

The beauty of necklace layering lies in the opportunity to mix and match different styles, textures, and materials. Don't shy away from combining delicate chains with chunkier pieces or blending gold, silver, and rose gold for a stunning contrast. Experimentation is key here. Try out different combinations to discover unexpected pairings that reflect your personal style and create a truly unique look.

Consider your outfit's neckline when layering necklaces. Different necklines call for different layering techniques. For example, a low neckline pairs well with longer necklaces that cascade gracefully, while a higher neckline benefits from shorter necklaces or chokers that sit closer to the collarbone. Be mindful of the neckline's shape and depth to ensure your layered necklaces enhance and complement your outfit, rather than compete with it.

Layering necklaces is an art that requires finding the perfect balance between restraint and creativity. While it's tempting to pile on all your favorite pieces, remember that less is often more. Over-layering can result in a cluttered and overwhelming look. Aim for three to four necklaces, adjusting the number based on the thickness and complexity of the chains.

Layering Necklaces


how to layer necklaces without tangling

Layered necklaces can tangle - while our chains are durable, they're still delicate. The fear of tangled chains may hold you back from experimenting with layers, but the good news is that you can take precautionary measures against tangling. 

To help prevent tangling, clasp your layered necklaces into one long line and wrap around your neck and clasp closed. I've found this works great for two necklaces, but haven't tried more yet. Select necklaces with different chain thicknesses and textures as they're less likely to intertwine. Consider using necklace layering clasps or adjustable extenders to keep each necklace in place and prevent them from tangling. Taking a few extra seconds to separate and arrange the chains before wearing will help ensure a seamless and tangle-free layered necklace look that's effortlessly stylish.

what's special about our neckalces

Our necklaces are designed with versatility in mind, featuring an adjustable chain with a ring positioned 2 inches from the end. This allows for easy layering and styling with different necklines, providing you with endless possibilities. When measuring our necklaces, please note that the length is calculated from chain end to chain end, excluding the clasp. For the most accurate measurement, it is recommended to add ¾ inch to the chain length. 

Our necklaces come with a handmade S-hook clasp, which may be slightly different from a traditional spring ring clasp. To assist you in using our clasp, we have created two instructional videos.



However, if you prefer a spring ring clasp, simply select that option when placing your order, and we'll gladly switch it for you.

chain with s-hook clasp and 2 jump rings for adjustability

We're here to help if you aren’t sure what to style together - whether it's multiple necklaces from Christina Kober Designs or mixing with pieces from your own collection. Contact us here.



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