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3 Layered Necklaces: 5 / 3 / 3 Edition

Welcome to another round-up of three layered necklaces that I have worn as part of my outfit of the day this summer with discussion of how I put these necklaces together.

With this cheetah print blouse, my orange/sandstone/gold multi-strand seed bead necklace is my current go-to (made by me, 5/2021). Next I put on my ancient gold medallion necklace for some length (lost to the mists of time, circa 1990). My remaining pieces are small bead necklaces to add some extra dimension to the orange necklace: a white seed pearl strand with small rust and brown spacer beads (made by a friend, circa 1997), a black bead strand with burgundy and gold spacer beads (made by a friend, circa 1997), and the bright bead/gold/pearl layered necklace ($14.99 at Loft, 7/2020). I'm always pleased when I bring together jewelry I've had for a long time, my DIY jewelry, and more recent purchases in one look. Grand total: 5 necklaces.


This next layered necklace is a much simpler combination in which each piece has a significant impact. I started with the pink/gold drop bead necklace in the middle ($26 at Outfit Additions, 11/2013). I knew I wanted to add a strand of pearls so the white faux pearl necklace was next, positioned to sit just atop the pink drop necklace ($10.20 at Kohls, 12/2020). I don't typically combine multiple pearl (or faux pearl) necklaces in a look, but when it came to a longer pendant piece, this recent DIY tassel necklace coordinated too well for me to resist (made by me, 6/2021). This resulted in a very neat layered necklace. Grand total: 3 necklaces.


To make the tassel necklace, I restrung the small white faux pearl beads (part of an Amazon purchase including strands of faux pearl beads of different sizes) and added a lobster clasp to make the length adjustable. I made the two tassels from my 20 year old stash of embroidery thread (including a set of DMC variegated floss like this one). I used two jump rings on each tassel: one secured to the tassel and one as a bail (to change the orientation of the tassel so it lies flat when worn). I made sure the "bail" jump ring was large enough to fit over the clasps and beads of the necklace so that the tassels can be removed. I can definitely see myself making more tassels from various colors of embroidery thread to switch out with the pink variegated one so the base pearl bead necklace can coordinate with a lot of different accent colors.

This final look combines three fairly recent purchases into another neat layered necklace. Of course the Slothlórien necklace, which I've been wearing frequently since I bought it, is playing the starring role in this look ($42 at Wolf & Badger, 6/2021). The pearl necklace du jour is this 3-strand faux pearl necklace with crystal rondelle beads that I selected to fill in the area above the collar because the rose gold chain was a good match for the rose gold color on the mama sloth ($13.26 at Kohls, 12/2020). To frame the Slothlórien, I added a mixed-metal multi-chain necklace that has a good length for this purpose and coordinated with the rose gold ($9 at CJ Banks, 1/2021). Grand total: 3 necklaces.


I've read that an odd number of necklaces is more pleasing in a layered necklace look than an even number, and though I am not extremely intentional about it, it does seem that the "rule of 3" (or "rule of 5") works well. Do you tend to use an odd or even number in your layers?

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Shelbee at Shelbee on the Edge (Mondays; 3rd Thursday)

Mica at Away from the Blue (Mondays)

Debbie at My Random Musings (Mondays)

Leelo at Beauty by Miss L (Mondays)

Roxanne at Glass of Glam (Mondays)

Claire at Claire Justine (Mondays, Weds, Fridays)

Laura at I Do deClaire (Tuesdays)

Emma at Style Splash (Tuesdays)

Jess at Elegantly Dressed & Stylish (Tuesdays)

Gail at Is This Mutton? (Wednesdays)

Shelly at The Queen in Between (Wednesdays)

Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom (Thursdays)

Ada at Elegance and Mommyhood (Thursdays)

Jacqui at Mummabstylish (Thursdays)

Suzy at The Grey Brunette (Fridays)

Nancy at Nancy's Fashion Style (Fridays)

Michelle at My Bijou Life (Fridays)

Erika at A Little Bit of Everything (Fridays)

Rena at Fine Whatever (Saturdays)