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Layering 101

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Want to add that little something extra to your current look for the holidays? We’ve put together this guide to styling the season’s hottest trends.

Why wear one necklace when you can wear two? Or even three? That’s our philosophy when it comes to layering. Take your holiday look from ordinary to extraordinary by mixing and matching necklaces and bracelets. The more the merrier, right?

Sometimes, simple is just enough. But this isn’t one of those times. While layering necklaces and stacking bracelets may look easy, there are some tricks that every fashionista needs to know―especially during the holiday season.

Mix up the lengths of each necklace. To layer properly, it essentially comes down to equal spacing and varied chain length. Each necklace is its own piece and its sparkle can’t be covered up by another chain. Make sure there is space between each necklace so that each one can shine alone, but stun together. We love how this fashionable and on-trend 14 karat yellow gold curved diamond necklace with 27 brilliant round diamonds fits perfectly with this shining 14k white gold cable chain with four bezel-set round diamond stations.

Combine a variety of textures and styles. You can never have enough sparkle, but pairing simpler pieces with dramatic shine can help balance your look. Simple necklaces paired with dramatic statement pieces and pendants are a great example of how variety can elevate your look. Go from drab to fab by being playful with your choices.

Mix or unify metals. Many people will say to keep the metals unified and only pair yellow gold necklaces with more yellow gold, but we think that a little of our signature rose gold paired with white gold isn’t a deal-breaker. Mix those strands and have fun with layering. This alluring curved bar necklace is sure to add sparkle with its 17 round diamonds that have been hand-selected for exceptional brilliance. Add that to a white cultured freshwater pearl necklace crafted from quality sterling silver and an elegant two-tone 14k rose and white gold necklace with 16 brilliant round diamonds and you have a look that will turn heads at every holiday party.

Personalize it. A great way to make your layered look your own is by mixing in personalized pieces. Our diamond circle necklace in 14k yellow gold can be engraved, making it the perfect piece to add an initial or symbol. With an engraved piece, your look reflects your personal life and style. Layer that with a curved diamond necklace in 14k yellow gold with 27 brilliant round diamonds and a shining 14k yellow gold mirrored necklace for dramatic elegance.

These tips and tricks can be applied directly to stacking bracelets as well. Bangles can be some of the easiest bracelets to mix and match and can make the art of stacking simple. These 14k rose gold, white gold and yellow gold bangles with 59 brilliant round diamonds pair perfectly with a 14k yellow gold overlapping diamond bangle with 64 pavé-set round diamonds. Your wrist won’t have seen so much sparkle once you throw on a 14 karat white gold diamond bangle bracelet with 186 brilliant round pavé-set diamonds. While the overall feel of this stacked look is cohesive, it’s the styles and mix of metals that really add the necessary drama.

Give the gift of layering with any of these stunning pieces from our holiday collection. Find all of our Big Little Gifts here.

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