EARRINGS: PROPORTION PLAY
This Hirotaka-embellished ear plays with asymmetry and proportion in unexpected ways. To get the look, try mixing up size without feeling the need to stack in any particular order. “What I love about jewelry is the endless way styles can be worn together to create a personal and unique statement,” says designer Hirotaka Inoue. “My approach to mixing pieces is always playful and unexpected—diamond ear cuffs stacked in various sizes, and lots of mix-and-match diamonds and pearls.”
Small and subtle, studs are about the easiest jewelry pieces you can layer, as endless options of gems and symbols are easy to mix together. “I design all my jewelry with the intention to layer, and I love to really pile it on,” says Jennifer Meyer. “Having multiple piercings makes it so fun to mix and match, and it doesn’t need to match perfectly—in fact, I prefer when it doesn’t. No matter what, you can’t go wrong when you’re wearing all your favorite pieces.”
MODERN TENNIS BRACELETS
Narrow strands convey understated luxe when layered together on the wrist, as seen here with this classic-meets-modern mix from Carbon & Hyde and Bianca Pratt. “I love the elegant simplicity of delicate bracelets,” says jewelry designer Bianca Pratt. “Try adding a simple, polished chain in the mix to break up more elaborate pieces with diamonds and gems.”
NECKLACES: CHAIN GANG
Necklaces are a great way to showcase personal style and instantly add elegance to a simple neckline. When piling them on, start with shorter chains of 14 or 16 inches in length and build from there, mixing both length and texture as you go. For an accent, add chains with a single pendant. “Each talisman or stone tells a story—they are unique and one-of-a-kind ancient elements. Layering them is a process of expressing one’s personal style,” says jewelry designer Eli Halili, who is known for incorporating ancient coins, stones, and beads from antique markets around the globe into his designs.
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