A Complete Guide on How to Stack Diamond Necklaces

Stacked Necklaces

If you’ve ever wondered how to layer necklaces correctly, you’ve come to the right place. Perhaps you’ve tried layering them before with success but want new ideas, or maybe you’ve been too intimidated to start doing so. In this guide, we’ll go through everything you need to know when it comes to stacking necklaces to make sure you feel confident while wearing them.

What is a Stacked Necklace?

A stacked necklace is when you wear multiple necklaces at once. There are a variety of styles you can do this in depending on your personal preference. The necklaces are normally all different lengths and can be different styles as well.

Layering Stacked Necklaces

There are a few different options for layering stacked necklaces. We’ll go through three of them - the 2 layer stack, 3 layer stack, and chain stack.

The 2 layer stack is the simplest layered necklace option. Choose two different lengths, ideally with at least a two inch difference between them. This ensures that they’ll each be shown in their separate layers, starting with the shortest necklace at the top and the longer one for the second layer.

For the 3 layer stack, you’ll start with the shortest necklace of the three, such as a choker, and then add two more longer necklaces after. We recommend making the second pendant a smaller one, and the third layer a bigger pendant. An example of sizing could be 16 inches, 18 inches, and then 20 inches.

Stacked chain necklaces can be bought as one piece with a single clasp, or you can create your own personalized stacked necklace. You can layer simple chains or bold ones, or a combination of both. For layering chains, you can even go as low as one inch apart for a beautiful cascading effect. Chain stacks are just chains, with no pendants. It’s a great style for the summer.

Tips and Tricks to Layer Your Necklaces

1) Choose different lengths of necklaces. This is the most important part of having an elegant, complete look to your stacked necklace. A rule of thumb is to make sure each necklace has a length difference of at least two inches, however, smaller chains can be layered one inch apart.

2) Don’t hesitate to combine different styles of necklaces. This can include chokers, chains, and pendants. Thin chain necklaces can be combined with thicker ones. The different styles will add depth and personality to your stack.

3) You can choose to layer different metal necklaces if it suits your style, however, it’s normally best to layer necklaces with similar metals. When you use similar metals, it makes the entire stack integrate and creates unity. If you are mixing them, silver and gold go well together.

4) Stacking necklaces with different diamond shapes create a unique look. The neckline is the perfect place for diamonds, each piece can be different yet go together well once layered. For example, you can pair a diamond choker with a diamond lariat.

5) The beautiful thing about layering necklaces is that they can work with every single outfit. Whether it’s a summer or winter look, you can find pieces that suit everything. V-necks are common because they show off the layers beautifully. With lower-cut necklines, you can go for stacks that are lengthier with a bold statement piece. Turtle necks work just as well. Knitted sweaters and cardigans are also popular choices when layering necklaces. For outfits that have a high neck, it’s better to layer shorter necklaces.

6) A centerpiece necklace sits in the center of your stack. It’s a good idea to pick your center piece first, and then build the rest of your stack around it. The correct center piece should contrast beneficially with the other pieces you pick.

7) Sometimes it can be hard to know how to stack necklaces without tangling. You can avoid tangles in your stack by ensuring that each necklace is a different length by at least two inches. Paying attention to the thickness of the necklace can help too, along with the weight of the pendants.

8) Try adding a lariat necklace to your stacked necklace. Lariat necklaces are longer than usual, normally anywhere between 30 to 50 inches. In addition to being longer, lariat necklaces connect in the front and they always have a tassel that hangs down at this closure point. The lariat necklace should always be your longest layer.

Diamond Options for Stacked Necklaces

You can choose either lab grown or natural diamonds for your stacked necklaces. To the naked eye, there are no differences between these diamonds. They are both “real” diamonds and it comes down to personal preference.

One benefit of lab grown diamonds is they can be more affordable than natural diamonds while being just as luxurious. The price difference comes down to supply - natural diamonds can take billions of years to be created, so their supply is sometimes limited. With lab grown diamonds, a much larger supply can be created in a fraction of the timeframe, which makes them more affordable.

A popular benefit of natural diamonds is they are more likely to retain their value over the years.

Are stacked necklaces still on trend?

The trend of layering necklaces started a few years ago, and it’s still going strong in 2022. This trend started with dainty chains and has evolved into bolder stacks as people realized it was okay to show their personality through their layered necklaces.


What is a layered necklace called?

A layered necklace can be called a stacked necklace, a stacked pendant necklace, or a multi-layered necklace. They can also have more specific names such as a double stacked necklace, a three-layer stacked necklace, or a chain stacked necklace.

How do you wear two necklaces at once?

The best way to wear two necklaces at once is to pick two pieces you love that are different lengths from each other. If you want, one of them can be a statement piece, otherwise, they could both be chains. You can experiment with different textures and styles to see what looks best.

How to wear two necklaces without them tangling?

The best way to avoid tangling is to ensure that your necklaces are a minimum of two inches apart in length, however, there is no limit. The larger the gap between them, the less likely they are to get tangled. Consider the thickness of the necklaces too - two thinner necklaces are more likely to get caught with each other compared to thicker ones.

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