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The Elegant Ways to Layer Necklaces

Designers Monica Rich Kosann, Irene Neuwirth, and more share their style tips.
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Simple is easy—choose a standout piece and don't overcomplicate things. But when it's time to layer, that's when the trouble starts. Layered necklaces can become a tangle of chain lengths and a clash of styles.

So we went to the experts, four jewelry designers known for their adorned necklines, to get the answers. While they are reluctant to offer rules, they all start with pieces they truly love, ones that have meaning and feel like an extension of their personal style. Read on for more inspiration and tips. 


Remember the Rule of Three


Start with three necklaces of three different lengths, and be sure to mix chain styles.


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Monica’s daughters Laura and Danielle Kosann.

"Everything I wear each day has meaning. I have passed this down to my girls, they are always jangling with their layers! All our pieces tell our story and make us feel empowered for the day. Around my neck is my poesy ring 'adventure' necklace, with a locket holding my secret messages. I also love to mix metals, like rose gold with yellow, or a black steel chain layered over a gold one." —Monica Rich Kosann

Monica Rich Kosann's Picks

18k Yellow Gold and Sterling Silver Adventure Poesy Ring Necklace

18K Gold 17 Anna Locket

Four Image Mini Locket Necklace

18K Gold Diamond Round Lock Charm Necklace

Monica Rich Kosann
neimanmarcus.com
$1,715.00
Monica Rich Kosann
neimanmarcus.com
$1,225.00
Monica Rich Kosann
nordstrom.com
$525.00
Monica Rich Kosann
modaoperandi.com
$820.00
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Embrace Color and a Signature Shape



Irene Neuwirth in her own designs.

"I layer pieces I love. My opal heart never comes off, then I made this opal strand, and now neither come off. I think as long as there’s a story to everything, and it always looks beautiful." —Irene Neuwirth

Irene Neuwirth's Picks

One of a Kind Turquoise Love Necklace 18k Yellow Gold, Extra Large - Exclusive

Irene Neuwirth Pink Opal Beaded Necklace

Irene Neuwirth Turquoise-Cabochon Necklace

Irene Neuwirth Mixed-Gemstone Pendant

ireneneuwirth.com
$8,800.00
Irene Neuwirth
barneys.com
$4,290.00
Irene Neuwirth
barneys.com
$4,550.00
Irene Neuwirth
barneys.com
$2,680.00
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Mix Gemstones, But Don't Forget the Diamonds



Jacquie Aiche in her own designs.

"Start with your diamond essentials, then find the perfect stone to balance your spirit. Fill in the spaces with other gemstone essentials to mix and match the perfect look. You can never have too many layers if it feels good to you. After all more is more." —Jacquie Aiche

Jacquie Aiche's Picks

Emily 14-Karat Gold Diamond Necklace

14-karat Gold, Quartz and Diamond Necklace

Double Horn 14-karat Gold, Lapis Lazuli and Diamond Necklace

14K Rose Gold Turquoise and Bar Necklace

Jacquie Aiche
net-a-porter.com
$6,250.00
Jacquie Aiche
net-a-porter.com
$2,125.00
Jacquie Aiche
net-a-porter.com
$2,035.00
Jacquie Aiche
modaoperandi.com
$3,875.00
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Harness the Power of Medallions



Beth Bugdaycay in her own designs.

"My entire ethos is about providing the tools of self-discovery and self-expression. Medallions can be layered within a single necklace all at once, or built over time, or by layering multiple necklaces together. For me, the most important thing is that each single medallion is layered in a way that allows it to be fully expressed, not hidden by another piece. It’s as if each symbol has a voice and we want them all heard." —Beth Bugdaycay of Foundrae

Beth Bugdaycay's Picks

Mini Heart Love Token 18-Karat Gold and Enamel Necklace

True North 18-Karat Gold Necklace

Passion Petite 18-Karat Gold, Diamond and Enamel Necklace

Dream 18-karat Gold, Brass and Diamond Necklace

Foundrae
net-a-porter.com
$1,595.00
Foundrae
net-a-porter.com
$3,495.00
Foundrae
net-a-porter.com
$1,995.00
Foundrae
net-a-porter.com
$5,100.00
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