A bunch of good necklaces for layering

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Mejuri black pearl necklace—a bunch of good necklaces for layering

I’ve been doing a lot of necklace layering lately, which is to say I basically wear the same three every day (I sleep in them, which makes things so much simpler) and every once in a while, I’ll switch one of them out for something fresh. At the moment I’m wearing a couple of James Colarusso charms on a chain; a gorgeous Persian turquoise pendant from Ten Thousand Things; and quite delicate little Grace Lee necklace that I believe is lapis. It’s not the most genius layering job anyone’s ever done, but it works, and I’m always striving to improve by changing things up with new textures and lengths. I’ve tried to add a fourth necklace to the menagerie, but so far I’m not quite advanced enough for this, so I’m holding steady at three, which I think is fine. Even two is plenty chic: just check out how lovely this black pearl necklace looks with a simple, unadorned chain as accompaniment.

Catbird Rose thorn necklace—a bunch of good necklaces for layering

This gold rose thorn is elegant and just a little menacing.

Yayoi Forest necklace—A bunch of good necklaces for layering

I like the organic shape here, and the unexpected placement of the eensy diamond.

From Ten Thousand Things: a simply beautiful lapis cluster necklace.

I found this locket amongst the jumbo statement necklaces at J. Crew, and I think it’s rather nice.

And I’m so excited I found this inexpensive knockoff of a gothic letter pendant—the only other ones I’ve found cost a fortune.

Iconery moon necklace—a bunch of good necklaces for layering

I am absolutely dying for this sliver of a crescent moon. It is somehow utterly perfect.

Catbird skull necklace—a bunch of good necklaces for layering

If I didn’t already wear a skull charm every day (that’s what one of the Colarusso charms is), I would be jumping right on this one with the excellent diamond eyes.

Anthropologie initial pendants—a bunch of good necklaces for layering

And finally, call me crazy, but I kind of love these oversize initials. They’re super-cheap, too.

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17 Thoughts on A bunch of good necklaces for layering
    Christina
    7 Feb 2017
    7:55am

    But how do you avoid the tangle?! Every morning I wake up reborn as the rat king.

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    Caroline
    7 Feb 2017
    8:02am

    Ha! I untangle every morning too, but its worth it.
    How do you feel about mixing metals?

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      KimFrance
      7 Feb 2017
      10:57am

      I don’t mix metals, but I’m not against it—I think it can look really cool.

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        Ann
        7 Feb 2017
        11:19am

        Kim, What earrings do you wear with so many necklaces?

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        Ann
        7 Feb 2017
        11:20am

        What earrings do you wear with so many necklaces?

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          KimFrance
          7 Feb 2017
          11:47am

          Very small simple hoops.

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    y.k.
    7 Feb 2017
    8:28am

    may i recommend adding a (tiny) bead necklace to the mix. my favorite is – https://www.juliaturner.com/products/emma-necklace .

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      c.w.
      7 Feb 2017
      12:06pm

      That is a beautiful necklace, y.k.. Thank you for the link!

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        charlotte lucie
        9 Feb 2017
        2:26am

        Agree, the bead necklace is divine, great colour too.

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    Aimee
    7 Feb 2017
    10:06am

    But the tangle! The all-the-time tangle! How to avoid? And do you leave them on for swims/showers?

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      KimFrance
      7 Feb 2017
      10:58am

      I don’t swim but I do shower in them—carefully. They get tangled and I untangle, and then some days I just live with the tangle.

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        charlotte lucie
        9 Feb 2017
        2:25am

        I don’t know how you sleep in jewelry, all my ‘jewels’ (lol, sound like the queen) come off the minute I get home and change into sweatpants to walk the dog. Especially the earrings, I have a phobia about big holes and droopy lobes.
        I love the J Crew Locket, very pretty, classic, would wear it always.

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    Lynn in Tucson
    7 Feb 2017
    12:51pm

    Consider this your yearly nudge (although this year’s festivities are almost over): you MUST make a trip out to the Tucson gem show(s). It will rock your world.

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      Lee
      7 Feb 2017
      1:30pm

      I would love to go someday! I know my favorite San Francisco jeweler went this year. I bought my favorite layering necklaces from them, although I don’t see them online now: https://fiatluxsf.com

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    Alexa
    7 Feb 2017
    1:11pm

    I own the rose thorn necklace and wear it almost daily. Nice pick!

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    Mamavalveeta03
    7 Feb 2017
    6:55pm

    I find that some of the short necklaces are just too short for my neck. How do you decide what lengths to go with when you layer?

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