Wearing fine jewelry and fashion jewelry at the same time can be a challenge. You want to make a statement but not be too over-the-top (no one wants to look like a fashion victim), you want each piece to stand out and above all, you want to convey your personal style. Mixing and matching fine and fashion jewelry is a fun and youthful approach to accessorizing. But how do you make sure your beautiful, subtle heirloom diamond pendant that you wear all the time is not completely overshadowed by the fabulous and dramatic necklace you’re dying to show off? Hitchcock Madrona shows you how.
Step 1: Start out with the smaller, more delicate pieces. These pieces may include the jewelry that you sleep in, shower in, and keep on for months at a time. They will act as your base layer and most fine jewelry is of this variety. We took a photo of some of our favorite Loren Stewart rings that can serve as examples.
Step 2: Incorporate something special. Adding an heirloom necklace that has been passed down for generations in your family or that amazing bracelet you got on your travels lends a special element to your look that can’t be bought.
Step 3: Add fashion pieces slowly. Pause and really think about the effect that each piece of jewelry has on your overall look. Does it enhance and show off the more delicate pieces? The goal when mixing these two jewelry genres is that they build off of each other. Typically, you want to have on more fine jewelry than fashion jewelry.
Step 4: Think in terms of odd numbers when layering. Wearing two delicate necklaces and one larger dramatic necklace is a nice option. With rings, consider wearing one larger ring (may we suggest the Hitchcock Madrona druzy ring?!) and pairing it with two that are small and skinny.
Step 5: Mix metals and materials. You want the pieces you choose to be different and distinct from one another so that they don’t blend together. Wearing and mixing different colors, stones and metals together will help you achieve this effect.
We think these guidelines work well but none of the steps outlined above are hard-and-fast rules. Even though layering jewelry can be a little daunting it should always be fun first and foremost.
The necklace layering that I do on this blog is usually worn by me in an over-the-top way. I know that piles of jewels is NOT for the everyday (unless you are me). As interesting as it is too see “editorial” looks, I think it is also nice to see more wearable options. I have picked out some of my favorite delicate necklaces in the store to create layering combinations. I think they are wearable and casual but still edgy and fashion-forward. You can also replace one of these layers with something that you already have in your jewelry wardrobe. I love mixing sentimental or antique pieces into more current combinations.
Simple, solid gold arrowhead necklace by Loren Stewart. I actually love this piece on its own. Alone, it is very delicate – just a hint or suggestion of jewelry (love that idea!). Loren Stewart is exactly the type of “fine” jewelry line that I, and our clients, love. The designers never over design and let the materials (they often mix metals and incorporate diamonds) speak for themselves. I always describe Loren Stewart pieces as “fine jewelry with an edge”. Love everything that they do! We will be getting in a large holiday order in the next month. I can’t wait – we are expecting some really high-end items from the line for the first time. Bring it on!
I paired the Loren Stewart arrowhead necklace with a simple turquoise strand. I wanted to use another medium (gemstones) in this combo. I also LOVE gold and turquoise together. To mix it up and give the combo some toughness I layered the sterling silver Pamela Love talon necklace. In my opinion, if you want to add Pamela Love to your collection this is such a great piece to consider. It is one of her classic designs and can be worn all the time. I know it is not to everyone’s taste but it is so wonderfully macabre.
Solid gold “4” necklace by Lulu Frost. These little gold numbers are from her fine jewelry line untitled CODE. They are all based on the shapes of the room numbers at the Plaza Hotel. I have been wearing a “2”necklace ever since my boy turned two a few weeks ago and it is perfect. Next, I wanted a round pendant to give some weight to the combo so I picked our sterling silver coin necklace. There are little diamonds embedded in each prong and the frame is custom made. The coin is authentic (consulted with a numismatist, aka coin collector) from Greece and is about two thousand years old. Love a piece with a story!
I can’t talk about layering without mentioning the bullet/crystal necklaces by Unearthen. I wear mine constantly! They are the perfect mid-length so they don’t interfere with anything else in my necklace collection. Therefore, the perfect last layer. Again, it toughens the look. When layering many delicate necklaces, is important to give it some strength.
I hope you enjoyed this post. I would love to see YOUR necklace layering. Please post photos on our Facebook page – Hitchcock Madrona!