Layers of Love
I’ve always loved and admired jewelry design. I actually seriously considered pursuing jewelry design in college but ultimately decided to go a different route. The adornment of the body is such a uniquely personal form of fashion accessorizing. I love that people often wear the same piece of jewelry every day and that it usually holds some sort of sentiment as well. Most of my jewelry holds personal meaning for me but it’s also just a way that I dress everyday. I like to wear pretty simple outfits, I usually feel overdressed in anything more than a t-shirt and jeans. But I never feel ready for the day without a necklace or two. While I adore all jewelry, I’m most often drawn to necklaces and I have accumulated quite a few over the years. I wanted to share a few of my favorite necklace stacks with you guys! I hope you love them as much as I do!
This is the stack that I pretty much wear every day. The most sentimental piece of jewelry I own is my Moon and Stars necklace from Catbird. Chaz bought this necklace for me on my 17th birthday. I had told him how beautiful I thought it was but I never in a million years thought that he would spend so much on a present for me. It was the first birthday we spent together and it just really showed me how much he cared for me. I wear it every day as a sweet reminder of how much he means to me.
The two other necklaces are newer to me but I really like the way they lay together. The etched woman necklace was another birthday gift from my good friend Claudia. We love to discuss feminism and other social justice issues. Claudia's a great activist for so many causes and has such a level head when it comes to discussing difficult topics. She's so good at seeing both sides of everything and making sure she knows all points of an argument. She inspires me. Not to mention she is the most kind and understanding person I've ever met. She got me this necklace as a way to embrace my feminity. The proceeds from this necklace benefited care.org which helps empower women around the world.
Finally, the five dot gold collar from Tumble is a staple in my stacking "wardrobe". I got this necklace as a present to myself for graduating and it also happened to be the day I decided to move to New York City. I had stopped by Aware Marketplace (the cutest shop for sustainable and ethically sourced fashion and home stuff) and I think I bought it before it even made its way onto the shelf. Racheal, Aware's owner, was still pricing them when I saw it and immediately snatched it up.
I love these three together because they all fit together so nicely. The most important part of layering is finding lengths that compliment each other and these three necklaces do just that.
This stack is one that I often wear when I'm going out with friends or to dress up a casual look. My favorite thing to wear on weekends is jeans and a t-shirt. Whether I'm headed to the bar, going out for dinner, or just hanging out at home I'm rarely in anything but basics. This necklace stack is nice because its fun, it's very shiny, and they're all shorter chains so I'm not worried about them getting tangled or breaking while I'm out dancing and having fun!
The top choker I found at Artist and Flea's in Chelsea. It's one of my favorite chokers because of the unique scalloping detail. The only negative about this necklace is that its made from brass so it's lost a lot of its shine over time. The second choker is from one of my favorite local jewelry makers, Oceanne. They have so many unique pieces that its hard to choose! I wear this necklace often because unlike most of my chokers it has a long adjuster chain so I can wear it more as a collar which makes it perfect for layering.
The Cancer script necklace is something that I got in NYC as well. Brooklyn Charm has a cute little storefront in Williamsburg but they're also at almost all of the Artist and Flea's locations. You can pick out multiple charms and have them make you a custom necklace right there or you can order a simple premade necklace like this one on their website. I love this necklace because I made it with my friends in New York and also because my BFF Fallon has a matching Aries one!
Finally, this Lili Claspe horn necklace is a great way to make any stack a little more unique. It brings a little bit of a bohemian vibe to the look and it's nice that it has a different material to break things up.
This stack is way more simple than the previous two but none the less very pretty! I love to wear more simple jewelry when I'm going to a fancier event.
This Catbird Choker is my most precious piece of jewelry. Chaz bought me this piece as an anniversary present a few years ago. It's so stunning in person, it just sparkles a little bit and sits so close to your neck you can barely see it. I wear this necklace pretty often but I typically reserve it for fancy occasions.
This long drop necklace is from One Six Five Jewelry, which is based in Columbus. They're one of my favorite jewelry brands because they're always making quirky but simple jewelry. Plus its all made right in Columbus studio/store! Unfortunately, this necklace is no longer available on their website but I've linked a similar option.
Which stack is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!