How to layer necklaces

How to layer necklaces

photography credit - kerry j photography


Following on from the trend to stack bracelets and bangles came the trend to layer necklaces.  Easy peasy right?  Just throw on a few necklaces and you’re good to go? Well… yes and no. What you don’t want is for it to look a muddle.  It’s about allowing your personal style to shine through!

Here are a few ideas on how to achieve some different layered looks

Elegant but effortless

First, an effortless thrown on look.  One of my favourite brands for layering, Muru, offers pendants in lengths from 16″ to 26″ with a wide choice of meaningful talismans to choose from, easily giving you 2 or even 3 layers straight away! What’s on the end of the chains is of course important.  You want to aim for different shapes and sizes for maximum interest so as well as looking at simple pendants like the Bow, consider also a bar necklace like this Arc, both 16-18″ (41- 46cm) and available in gold, silver or rose gold.

Muru Bow Pendant

Next choose a longer necklace.  As already stated Muru offer a variety of lengths with most of their talisman pendants…..

Layering with Muru talisman pendants


As your longest layer you could choose from Rachel Jackson‘s designs all of which are great for layering but these shown below are 30″ (76cm) length







Layering with Rachel Jackson designs


or choose this as your long layer from Reeves and Reeves


Whichever you choose doesn’t need to be perfectly spaced out, it should look relaxed not too rigid and you can even mix metals.  The exact lengths will depend on your own body height and shape;  whatever suits you best.   In the image at the top of this blog and inset above  Maxine has used the Muru and Reeves combination perfectly

Layers to add sparkle

Ok, so what if you want to ‘dress up’ an outfit with some extra sparkle using layering?  Well, the basic principles are of course the same, add interest with each layer but if you’re using bling you may just want to stick to 2 layers.  No hard and fast rules of course that’s up to you and your personality.  Take a look at Vixi 

Short layer

or Lucky Eyes








Longer layer suggestions, again from Vixi

Vixi Daydream Rose Gold

For versatility from a layer take a look at Lucky Eyes again.  This stunning yet dainty crystal necklace can be worn long or double wrapped giving you 2 layers in one.  Simple yet sophisticated.  There is also a short version of this by the way.

Include a fun element

Add a touch of fun with the ever popular Pineapple from Rachel Jackson at Cinderela B  or the perennial favourite Honey Bee from the marvellous Bill Skinner 


The options really are limitless!  

I hope this blog has given you some ideas of how you can use the trend of layering to good effect, to reflect your own style and personality.  Elegant and fun to make you feel good about yourself!SaveSave





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All you need to know about gold

All you need to know about gold

Gold is a metal of antiquity. There is evidence of its use as far as back as 3000BC so gold diggers go back a long way! It has always been one of the most popular and most expensive precious metals in the world and can be found in its pure state naturally so what makes it so popular and so much more expensive than other metals?

Is gold rare?

Historically,  gold has always been rarer than silver and in keeping with the law of supply and demand this has led to gold being anywhere from 50 – 75 times more expensive than silver however in recent years this has changed and silver is now rarer but despite this gold still remains many times more expensive. So ……

Why is gold so expensive?

Well it’s a truly beautiful metal of course, uniquely warm, luminous and rich in its purest form that can be alloyed with other metals to achieve a broad spectrum of colours; it doesn’t tarnish, corrode, rust or disintegrate; it can be worn down with daily wear but by and large it lasts a lifetime; it’s about twice as dense as silver so a little gold goes a long way; jewellers love working with it because it’s soft and can be easily formed into different shapes and it’s easy to engrave. But can this explain it?

Not entirely perhaps. Our perception of value is often not based on facts but on what we’re willing to spend on something. We’ve been ‘programmed’ that gold is money, gold is wealth. Gold rings symbolise one’s commitment to marriage. We’ve decided as a society — as a whole world! — that gold is more valuable.

Know your carats

If you’re spending a lot of money on a piece of gold jewellery there are some things you need to know
A carat, in relation to gold, is a measurement of purity, the purest being 24 carats but this is generally too soft to use so it is usually mixed with other metals, (such as zinc, copper, silver & nickel) which makes it harder, easier to work with and better wearing.
18 ct gold, the most commonly used and regarded as the European standard is therefore an alloy of 18 parts gold and 6 parts another metal and is a very good compromise between purity and price.
14 ct gold is commonly used in the US and still maintains a good colour.10 ct is the lowest carat used in the US while 9 carat gold, 9 parts gold and 15 parts other metal, is the lowest carat in the UK and most other countries. It is the most durable but not as golden a colour.

Designers who are wishing to keep the cost down but still achieve the warm colour of pure gold will often use heavy gold plating of at least 18ct gold on sterling silver, known as vermeil.

Different gold ‘colours’

The variations in colour are all down to the colour of the other metals that the pure gold is alloyed to. The addition of large amounts of copper leads to Rose Gold (sometimes referred to as red gold or pink gold)
White gold contains a substantial amount of nickel, manganese or palladium. Often, particularly for jewellery, it is also plated with rhodium, giving it a bright white colour.

Gold jewellery is truly exquisite and ideally everybody should have some of it in their collection. Fortunately Vermeil brings it into the reach of those unable to pay the premium still demanded by those that mine it!


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