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 silver

All you need to know about silver

Did you know?

Although silver plays second fiddle to gold, silver has many uses. It is the best reflector of light so is used to make mirrors; it is the best thermal conductor so is used in your rear windscreen to defrost ice; it is the best electric conductor of the elements so is used for electrical contacts; it is also used in dentistry, solder and brazing alloys, batteries and even in the fingers of gloves so you can use them with your touch phone! It can be drawn into wire or beaten into sheets making it perfect for jewellery making!

Where does silver come from?

It is believed that silver was one of the first 5 metals to be discovered around 5000BC!  It can exist in its native state. In other words, nuggets or crystals of pure silver exist in nature but it also occurs as a natural alloy with gold (called electrum) and commonly occurs in copper, lead, and zinc ores so it is usually extracted as a bi product when mining for these metals. The biggest producers today are Mexico and Peru followed by N. America, Russia and Australia.


What is sterling silver?

Fine silver is 99.9% pure silver. While beautiful in this form it’s generally too soft and malleable for uses such as cutlery, jewellery and giftware so it is mixed with 7.5% copper. This has the advantage of making the silver harder, and more durable without compromising on colour but the downside of this is that the added copper will cause it to tarnish, with the metal turning dark brown or black over time, especially in humid conditions. However it is easy to clean and beneath the tarnish your sterling silver will be in great condition and won’t rust.

What are the different silver finishes?

There are several different finishes for silver, dependant on the use or just the preference of the designer.  Some of the most popular finishes are:

  • Polished – Just as it sounds the silver is polished until you can see your reflection in it.  It is beautiful but the downside is that is shows scratches very easily
  • Satin – This has a smooth finish to the touch but it is not reflective – it’s like a mirror that has got misted up!
  • Brushed – A tool is used to polish the metal that leaves small lines, creating a textured finish, dull instead of shiny, deflecting light rather than reflecting it.
  • Hammered – Literally ‘hammered’ to produce ‘dimples’ and a satin finish, popular with many designers of jewellery and decorative pieces for the home.
  • Oxidised – A chemical process is applied to the silver to darken the metal

Which is better, silver or gold?

While gold is a beautiful metal without doubt, it is also up to an incredible 75 times more expensive than silver  which often puts it out of our reach. Like gold however silver will maintain and even possibly increase in value and even those with sensitive skins are unlikely to have an adverse reaction to it. Its use in coinage, luxury homewares, prestigious trophies, gifts for milestones etc ensures it remains a symbol of high status.

Have you considered vermeil?

If you feel more comfortable wearing gold (and for some people’s skin tone it can work better) then try vermeil. This is a process by which sterling silver is heavily plated in gold which produces excellent quality pieces that will stand the test of time at a much lower price than gold alone. Some jewellery designers actually plate their sterling silver designs in white gold to prevent tarnishing.

An excellent choice

With so many benefits you really can’t go wrong and with so many wonderful designers working with sterling silver you can be sure of adding a touch of class to your jewellery collection.


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