Necklace layering is an art form, and we’re here to help you get it right. Every piece of jewellery tells a story, and by mixing and matching your necklaces, you can tell a story that is unique to you. From choosing the most complementary lengths to showing you what styles work wonders, here are 5 secrets to layering necklaces like a pro, plus our top necklace picks. Shop all necklaces.

Go for a graduated effect

The key to layering necklaces is choosing chains of varying lengths; start with delicate shorter necklaces and gradually build up to slightly weightier, chunkier and longer necklaces. Stick with one metal colour and don’t go for any more than 5 necklaces; 3 is perfect.

Taxila Mini Gold PendantSkyfall Tiger Tooth Necklace In Gold

Cheat - one necklace, multiple chains

If choosing more than one necklace in the morning sounds like too much hard work, opt for a necklace that already has the layered chains incorporated into the design. Simple!

3 Metallic Tread's Necklace With Ox Paw Leaf And Freshwater PearlOgham Multi Chain Necklace Rose GoldSkyfall Gold Loop Necklace

Make it personal

Tailor your necklaces to you and personalise your collection with pendants engraved with your initial, in the shape of your star sign, or set with a diamond constellation for your birth month.

Gigi Engraved Initial Disc PendantPave Diamond LeoConstellation Zodiac Collections Multi Pendant

Add extra length

The easiest way to add extra length to your look is by adding a lariat necklace. A lariat necklace is typically a long chain that usually has no clasp, and can be worn in a number of ways. So if your shorter pendants aren’t giving you enough length, try adding a simple yet chic lariat necklace to your collection.

Coronet Lariat NecklaceRain Lariat Necklace18K Yellow Gold Lariat Necklace With Pave Set Diamond Tri

Keep it minimal

Pendants are the natural choice of necklace when it comes to layering, but if you want to keep things super minimal go for simple chains instead. Delicate, fine chains of varying lengths, will simplify outfits with a sophisticated yet slightly edgy look - try it!

Indian Tear Drop Necklace18K Yellow Gold Adjustable Cable Chain With 6 Diamond Motifs9ct Yellow Gold Adjustable Curb Chain