Choker Necklaces

Choker Necklaces: A Guide

Looking for a way to make a bold statement with your jewelry? From diamond choker necklaces to gold choker necklaces – these stylish pieces are bound to do the trick!

Choker Necklaces

What Is A Choker necklace?

As the name would suggest, choker necklaces are necklaces that sit closely to the neck. While they certainly shouldn’t be choking you, these bold necklaces should leave little room between the chain or band and your neck. 

Though choker necklaces can come in many different styles and materials (Gold chains, velvet bands, etc.), and have slipped in and out of fashion, their appeal remains the same: A bold piece of jewelry with a rich past. 

Keep reading to discover their place in history, as well as their enduring presence in today’s fashion world. 

The History of Choker Necklaces

The history of choker necklaces is a rich one, spanning across continents and eras. No one knows the exact time and place when chokers were first embraced, but they have been recorded as far back as a thousand years ago. 

From ancient Egyptian culture to Mesopotamian culture, chokers were worn both as a means of armor for women and as a way to denote status. This can be seen in the chokers worn throughout the French Revolution in 1789. Such chokers symbolized job, rebellion, or class. 

Even royals such as Anne Boeyln, Queen Victoria, and Queen Alexandra of The United Kingdom can be seen donning elaborate chokers in royal portraits.

Whether chokers are entirely mainstream again or not, It is clear to see the historical and cultural significance of these unique pieces. And who wouldn’t want to pay homage to such a powerful symbol?

Different Types Of Choker Necklaces

Given the long and spanning history of choker necklaces, there are many different interpretations and takes on the style. 

14K Yellow Gold 2.7mm Curb Chain Choker Necklace

An effortlessly cool way to rock a choker is with a gold metal chain. This option evokes the traditional style- with a modern twist. Better yet, these necklaces can be dressed up or down.

Diamond chokers are a way to wear a choker in a more elevated way. If you’re looking for a choker for a big night out, this is the option for you. All eyes will be on you!

14K Yellow Gold Alternating Pierced Diamond Choker Necklace By Brevani
14K Yellow Gold Bead Dangle Choker Necklace

Pendant chokers are a fun way to wear this style. The combination of a short chain with dangling elements make for an engagement and eye-catching visual statement. Depending on the material, these can be dressy, casual, or anything in between! 

Tips On Choosing A Choker

With so many chokers to choose from, it can be difficult to opt for the perfect one! Here are some tips:

  • Opt for a choker that matches jewelry you already own
  • If you have a short or wide neck, go with a simple and thin band
  • If you have a thin or long neck, you can go with a thick and bold band
  • Opt for a choker that matches your personal style!

Keeping this tips in mind, you’ll find the perfect choker in no time!

How To Style Choker Necklaces

When it comes to chokers, usually less is more. Stick to wearing one choker by itself, or pairing it with a longer necklace of a different thickness. Doing so will create an eye-catching and engaging visual effect.

Because choker necklaces tend to command a lot of attention, we recommend keeping the rest of your jewelry understated while you wear one. Your look might get a little overwhelming if you have two choker necklaces with a pair of statement earrings on. Try wearing one with a small pair of hoops or studs.

Styling your jewelry pieces is a great opportunity to show off your style and make a popular look your own! Enjoy and do what makes you feel best. 

Top Do’s And Don’ts To Wearing Choker Necklaces

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Take into consideration what neckline you are wearing. While we’d like to think chokers go with every outfit, make sure it gets the presentation it deserves with the right outfit!


Don’t be afraid to mix & match materials, colors, and textures when trying to find the perfect necklace for you!


Pair your choker with another long chain for a cascading effect. Experimentation is everything!


Don’t tie or close your necklace too close to your neck! Make sure your necklace feels 100% comfortable to you!


Experiment with different widths of chokers. There are thick bands for a more serious look, and thin dainty chains for a more subtle and understated look. There are so many out there- the choice is yours!

Don’t pair your choker with a pair of really bold and eye-catching earrings. Let each piece shine on its own! Sometimes less is more. 

How To Measure Your Neck For A Choker Necklace

Get a flexible tape measurer and place it comfortably around your neck. Once you find your neck measurement, add 2 inches or 5 centimeters. That would be the ideal choker length for you!

FAQs

Are choker necklaces in style?

With so many 90s styles and trends making a comeback, we can almost certainly say that chokers are among them! While chokers may not be entirely mainstream yet, they are gaining traction both in the high fashion world, and in the city streets!

When can I wear my choker necklace?

You can wear your choker literally anytime, anywhere! While this may depend on the style and material of your choker, there is nothing inappropriate about wearing a choker out and about. You can even wear your diamond choker to do groceries if that’s what you want! 

Can everyone wear a choker necklace?

While anyone can wear a choker, we would recommend any very young people stick to longer necklaces that may be more comfortable! As long as your choker is safe, anyone can rock one!

How long should my choker necklace be?

A choker should always rest gently around your neck or with a few inches of space between your skin and the chain. Your choker should never be so short that you feel restricted or uncomfortable in any way. As long as your necklace is comfortable, that’s the right length for you!

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Dog Tag Necklaces: All Your Questions Answered

Dog tag necklaces were originally part of the military chic fashion trend. Now, you can find gold dog tag necklaces everywhere. Read on to learn all about the history of this piece and where it stands today.

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Whether you enjoy the strength in the symbolism of this piece or simply love the trend, our collection is sure to have the dog tag necklace for you.

What Are Dog Tag Necklaces?

Dog tag necklaces have become a prominent fashion trend. Originally a form of identification connected to the military, these necklaces involved a stylized dog tag pendant which is then paired with a chain necklace.

What Is The Origin Of Dog Tag Necklaces?

Dog tag necklaces were long associated with militaries, as a means of identification. This dates back as far as the Roman Empire and Qing Dynasty. These pieces have evolved to also be used as a form of medical identification. While the materials have evolved, the original purposes continue.

As the military chic trend in fashion grew, dog tag necklaces were included in this aesthetic. These pendants have grown to be the fashion-forward pieces we know and love today.

Why Are Dog Tag Necklaces So Popular?

Their bold look, as well as their ability to be casual or elegant, have certainly helped their popularity. Dog tag necklaces look great alone or layered with other pieces, another reason they are so beloved. And of course, they can also be easily personalized with a meaningful engraving, making them a great gift.

14K Yellow Gold Ribbed Dog Tag Pendant
14K Yellow Gold Fancy Black Enamel Dog Tag

Are Dog Tag Necklaces For Men or Women?

While primarily thought of as a style for men, these necklaces are great for everyone! Remember, their original purpose as a means of identification was meant for all members of the military. And the dog tag necklaces in our collection are so stylish, that we’re sure everyone will want one!

Top Reasons To Wear A Dog Tag Necklace

If trendy and bold weren’t reason enough, there are even more reasons to add one of these to your collection! Check it out:

Symbolism

Many people appreciate the symbolism of the military affiliation. Whether you simply appreciate your armed forces or have a family member who served, the original use and meaning of these pieces only add to their style.

Personalization

Many people choose to engrave their dog tag necklaces. Whether you go with identifying information or a meaningful turn of phrase, this is a great way to give a bold piece a personal twist.

14K Yellow Gold Mini Dog Tag Necklace
14K Yellow Gold Ribbed Dog Tag Pendant

Versatile

The simple yet bold style of gold dog tag necklaces, like many pieces in our collection of gold jewelry, ensures they will easily go with most looks. Their ability to look good alone or layered adds to their versatility. These pieces look so good you’ll never want to take it off! 

FAQs

What are dog tag necklaces made out of?

While the materials have changed over time, at James Allen, our dog tag necklaces are made out of 14K gold.

Can anyone wear a dog tag necklace?

Absolutely! Dog tag necklaces are great for men and women, and in fact, can be a great idea for couples or pairs. Wear them as the new and improved best friend forever necklaces or as a form of commitment before going for that engagement ring.

How do I take care of my necklace?

Here are some helpful tips to keep your new dog tag necklace as shiny as the day you got it!

  • Remove it before sleeping
  • Don’t wear it around harsh materials or chemicals
  • Remove it before swimming in chlorinated pools and saltwater
  • Remove it before participating in strenuous activities such as the gym
  • Store it in its own cloth bag

Can I engrave my dog tag necklace?

Unfortunately, at James Allen, we do not provide this service.

Make A Statement

Dog tag necklaces make a stylish statement. Their military chic aesthetic combined with historic symbolism, along with their wearability and versatility, make them an ever-popular choice.

Wear it alone or layer it with other pieces, take it from work to date night, from brunch to dinner, and shine all the way.  These pieces are a great way to showcase your personal style, so get yours today!

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The Complete Guide To Chain Lengths For Men

The Complete Guide To Chain Lengths For Men

A well-crafted chain necklace is among the most quintessential accessories. A classic chain fashioned in gold or silver adds a thoughtful touch to even the simplest of outfits.

The Complete Guide To Chain Lengths For Men

While men’s necklaces are available in a wide range of lengths, styles, and metal types, when shopping online, it can be difficult to visualize where they will rest and how they will look. But there’s an easy way to ensure you get the right fit on every piece you like. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know.

Why Chain Length Matters for Men’s Jewelry

Chain length in men’s jewelry is essential for many reasons and plays a significant role in their overall aesthetics and functionality. To begin with, the correct length can accentuate a man’s neckline, complement his physique, and express his style preferences. Furthermore, an appropriate length ensures that the chain doesn’t interfere with his lifestyle and daily tasks, providing a seamless blend of style and practicality.

Common Types of Men’s Chains

Men’s chains, both timeless and trendy, have been a symbol of status, style, and individual expression for many generations. These accessories come in a variety of designs, each with its own aesthetic and purpose. The most common chains are available in yellow gold, white gold, and silver. Gold chains for men have grown in popularity, becoming a staple accessory that combines timeless elegance with a bold statement of personal style.

From the classic curb chain to the intricate rope design, there’s a style to suit every man’s taste and occasion. Here are a few different types of men’s chains:

  • Box Chains: square chain links made from square or box-shaped wires, each box is cut into four equal sides with a flat surface
  • Figaro Chains: a classic piece of jewelry designed with a single elongated rectangular link followed by two or three smaller round links
  • Cuban Link Chain: Cuban link chains are very sturdy and tend to be much heavier because of thicker, rounder walls
  • Cuban Link Chain: curb chains are made up of oval links and have a flatter appearance
  • Cable Chain: a popular chain typically meant for holding pendants or charms, made up of oval rings linked together
  • Rope Chain: series of links carefully woven together forming a twisted appearance or look

Factors to Consider When Choosing the Right Chain Length

Everyone wants their chain to fit as if it were tailor-made! In order to find jewelry that suits you perfectly, consider these factors:

  1. Face Shape: Certain chain lengths can accentuate or balance specific facial structures. For example, shorter-length necklaces are more suited for pointed faces such as diamond, triangle, and square. While medium-length necklaces are good for round faces. However, with oval-shaped faces, you’re in luck – any necklace length beautifully complements your features!
  2. Outfit and Neckline: Clothing style and neckline are key in determining the best chain length. For example, a V-neck shirt or sweater might be best paired with a chain that sits just above or within the V, creating harmony with the garment’s design. On the other hand, with a crewneck, one might choose a chain that either sits closely around the neck or one that is long enough to drape below the shirt’s line, ensuring it doesn’t get lost against the fabric. Also, formality can influence whether a subtle or statement chain would be more appropriate.
  3. Height: Height plays another important role in selecting the right chain length. Longer chains may be preferred by taller individuals for a proportionate visual appeal, whereas shorter chains may complement those of shorter stature. Ultimately, choosing a length that works with one’s height ensures a balanced, flattering appearance.
  4. Maintenance and Durability: Longer chains may be more prone to getting caught or tangled, requiring more care, while shorter chains might be more durable for active individuals.
  5. Pendant Consideration: When adding a pendant to a chain, several aspects of the pendant come into play in determining the optimal chain length. Firstly, a larger or heavier pendant may require a sturdier and potentially longer chain to allow it to hang appropriately without seeming overpowering. On the other hand, a dainty, lightweight pendant often pairs well with a shorter chain, allowing it to sit prominently against the chest or near the collarbone. The pendant’s design, weight, and size can greatly affect the choice of chain length for a cohesive look.
A Variety Of Mens Chain Necklaces

Choosing the Right Chain Length

Choosing the right chain length is a blend of personal style, comfort, and aesthetics. As we’ve mentioned it’s important to consider how the chain interacts with the wearer’s physique, attire, and any pendant it might hold. Additionally, the right length should complement the neckline as well as reflect the formality of the occasion. Ultimately, while guidelines can assist, individual preference remains the deciding factor in finding the perfect fit.

Overall, chain lengths range from 18-30 inches with each size corresponding to the look you are going for. Multiple chains of varying lengths can be worn for a layered look top. If the chain includes a medallion, cross, or dog tag, a slightly longer length is recommended.

Necklace Chain Lengths for Men

Classic Chain Lengths

  • 18-Inch Chains

An 18-inch chain length is generally meant for smaller neck sizes. This is usually the shortest chain length for men. These necklaces tend to be very tight and fall right around the base of the neck. An option like this is great for men who want to show off their entire chain without covering it with a shirt collar.

  • 20-Inch Chains

A 20-inch chain is the most common length for men, falling right beneath the collarbone. The chain falls between the first and second buttons of your shirt, and can also be worn inside or outside your shirt, depending on your preference.

Men's Necklace Chain Lengths
  • 22-Inch Chains

A 22-inch chain is another common chain length for men. This chain falls a few inches below the collarbone. At this length, other jewelry pieces like a medallion or pendant can be added for additional styling.

  • 24-Inch Chains

A 24-inch chain is another great length for men, as the chain length falls right in the middle of the breastbone or several inches higher. For those who plan to wear pendants like dog tags, crosses, or medallions this is a great length to maximize visibility. Often, men wear 24-inch chains outside their shirts, especially if other pieces are attached.

Chain Lengths for Different Necklines and Occasions

The right chain length can accentuate a neckline and elevate an outfit for any occasion. For V-necks or open collars, shorter chains that mirror the neckline’s depth are often ideal. On the other hand, crew necks and turtlenecks benefit from longer chains that drape below the fabric or shorter ones that sit close to the neck. 

For formal occasions like weddings or business events, a shorter to mid-length chain provides a sophisticated touch without drawing too much attention. In contrast, casual or social gatherings offer a platform to experiment with longer, more prominent chains, letting them serve as conversation starters or focal points of the outfit.

How to Measure for the Right Chain Length

Here’s how you can precisely measure to find the ideal fit for your style and comfort.

  1. Measuring an existing necklace: If you already have a necklace in a length that you love or one that you’d like to layer with other designs simply lay it flat and measure it from end to end with a ruler, including the clasp. If it’s a necklace with several fastening options, measure from the clasp to the hook you wear it on most often. Alternatively, if the necklace is too long for the ruler, fasten it to the hook you like to wear it on and measure it from end to end – double that number to find out the length.
  2. Measure with string, ribbon, or tape measure: If you don’t have a necklace to use as a reference, you can use a flexible tape measure, a piece of string, or a ribbon. Wrap the tape around your neck, following the same path your chain would take, typically just above the collarbone for a standard hang, then mark where the ends meet. If you’re using string, measure to determine what length necklace you’ll need.

Styling Tips for Men’s Chains

Choose a chain that complements the occasion, with thinner, more understated designs for formal events and bolder chains for casual wear. Align your chain with your shirt’s neckline, short chains for high necklines, and longer ones for lower cuts. If you’re layering, it’s great to mix lengths and textures but try to stick to one metal type for cohesion. Remember to always let your personal style shine through, ensuring the chain’s scale fits your body’s proportions.

A Model Wearing A Yellow Gold Chain

FAQs

What’s the Most Popular Chain Length for Men?

The most popular chain lengths for men typically range between 18 to 24 inches. These lengths sit comfortably on the chest and are versatile for various styles. Individual preferences and styles can, however, influence the ideal length.

Can I Wear a Chain with a Suit and Tie?

Yes, you can wear a chain with a suit and tie. When styled correctly, a subtle chain can add a touch of sophistication and personal flair to a formal outfit.

Are There Chain Length Rules for Different Necklines?

Yes, there are general guidelines for pairing chain lengths with different necklines. For scoop or boat necks, longer chains (28-34 inches) usually complement best. V-necks pair well with chains that match the depth of the “V”, or are slightly shorter. For crew necks or turtlenecks, both shorter (16-20 inches) and longer chains can work, depending on the desired look

Final Thoughts

Take the guesswork out of shopping for chains and necklaces online with our necklace lengths guide. You can easily determine the right length for you right at home! Whether sizing for a gift or a new chain for yourself, we know how important it is to find the perfect piece. So, if you need any more help or advice, or would like a hand narrowing down your options, our jewelry experts at JamesAllen.com are always available to answer any questions you may have.

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Necklace Size Chart: How To Find The Best Necklace For You

Necklace Size Chart: How To Find The Best Necklace Length For You

Throwing on a necklace is a simple way to elevate any look. Whether it’s a pendant necklace or a simple chain, there are so many ways to style some shine around your neck. 

But with great style comes great responsibility! First, we have to figure out what length and fit are best. Keep reading to find out how…

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So, you’re in the market for a new necklace but you want to make sure you’re getting the right one. You’ve come to the right place! 

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or getting a gift for someone else, determining your necklace size is an important step. This can be said for both women and men!

In this blog, we’re going to break down how to find the perfect size for your style, measurements, and personal taste. 

Standard Necklace Lengths for Women

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Standard Necklace Lengths For Men

Necklace Size Chart For Men

Factors To Consider When Choosing The Right Necklace For You

Everyone wants their necklace to fit as if it were tailor-made! Consider the following factors when shopping so your jewelry will feel like it was made for you:

Neck size

It might seem obvious, but yes, the width of your neck is the most important measurement to consider when necklace shopping. Same with rings and bracelets, necklaces are not always one-size-fits-all! Make sure you consider how you want your necklace to fit around your neck before you commit.

Keep reading to learn how to measure your neck size and determine your ideal necklace length. 

Height

When shopping for a necklace, you’re probably not thinking about how tall you are- but it may be a good idea to start! 

Generally speaking, the taller you are, the longer your necklace should be.

If your height is below average, longer necklaces may be less complimentary. Oftentimes, long necklaces overwhelm shorter people. 

Similarly, if you are of above-average height, short necklaces might get completely lost. 

We all want to wear a chain that both complements our looks and shows off our beautiful jewelry. 

If you are 5 feet tall or under, look for a necklace that is anywhere from 16 to 20 inches long.

If you are between 5’4 to 5’7, most necklaces of standard length will suit you wonderfully.

And if you are above average height, look for necklaces that are at least 20 inches long. 

Keep in mind that these are all guidelines. If you are 6 feet tall and want to wear a choker, please do so! If you are 5 feet tall and want to wear a necklace that falls to your waist- don’t let anyone stop you!

Wear what makes you feel best. 

Body Type

Just like clothes shopping, you’ll want to consider your body type when shopping for a new necklace.

If you want to accentuate certain features, jewelry has the magical ability to do so!

For example, if you want to accentuate your hips, a long and thin necklace may help. If you want to slim your hips, a thicker and shorter necklace may work better. 

The same can be said for men. If you have broad shoulders, opt for a shorter and thicker chain. If you have narrow shoulders, opt for a chain that is thinner and longer. 

Play around with different lengths of chains and see what works best for you!

Face Shape

Certain necklaces can make a face appear wider, rounder, shorter, or longer. Depending on your own face shape, you are likely to prefer one length to another.

For example, if you have a round face that you would like to appear longer, it’s best to choose a necklace that will emphasize the length of your face. A necklace that is 20’’ to 24’’ long will bring the eye down and effortlessly slim your face.

If you have a square or more angular face, a short necklace will soften your sharp angles while elongating your neck. 

It’s really that simple! 

The Look You Want

When shopping for a new piece of jewelry (especially one that you will want to wear for many years to come), it’s a good idea to determine what look you want to achieve. 

Ask yourself this: Do I want a minimalist, everyday look? Or do I want a necklace for special occasions? 

This will help you figure out whether you want a standard-length necklace that you can simply throw on, a necklace that you can easily layer with other pieces, or one that you’ll save for important events.

Keep your lifestyle in mind, as well! If your chain is very long, it may not be great to wear while keeping active. And if your chain is very short, it may not go with the types of tops you normally wear. 

Once you decide on the look you want (everyday, casual, special, layered, etc.), finding the optimal length will be that much easier!

How To Measure Your Desired Necklace Size

Determining your ideal necklace length is an easy process. Here are the steps to do so:

  1. Wrap a flexible measuring tape around your neck. Keep your finger on the spot where the two points meet. 
  2. Unwrap the tape while keeping your finger on the mark. This is your measurement.
  3. If you want a choker, this measurement will be the perfect length for you. If not, add three inches to your neck measurement. This new measurement will be the minimum length of your desired necklace.

You can follow this method as well:

  1. Wrap the same measuring tape around your neck. This time make the two points meet where you imagine you want your necklace to land. The number you reach is your ideal necklace length!

It’s that easy!

FAQs

Is a 16 or 18 inch necklace better?

Deciding between these two lengths can be tricky. It really depends on your specific measurements and preferences. The 18’’ necklace is the standard for women and is considered a classic go-to. When in doubt, opt for the 18’’. This length is ideal for pendant necklaces as it will land right below the collar of a crew neck t-shirt, making sure it gets seen!

Is an 18 inch necklace short?

Not exactly! While the 18’’ necklace is shorter than alternatives, this length is not likely to sit close to your neck. Generally, the 18’’ necklace will sit just below your collarbone.

Is a 20 inch necklace long?

A 20’’ necklace may be too long for some but perfect for others. If you are on the shorter side, this length may be a touch too long. However, if you are taller, this necklace will be perfect!

To Wrap Up

Changing up your personal style, even slightly, can help you uncover a whole new personality! And trying out different necklace lengths is the perfect way to do so. 

Whether you have a gemstone hanging around your neck or links of gold, there is the perfect length out there for you.

Keep experimenting and playing with different styles and lengths- you’ll look great no matter what.

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How To Stack & Layer Your Jewelry

When it comes to beautiful jewelry, the more the merrier!

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How To Embrace More Is More

Minimalism is out and maximalism is IN! We may have adopted the phrase ‘less is more’, but layering more necklaces or stacking more rings offers a unique way to show off your style! Starting your day by throwing on several necklaces is a great way to achieve that chic but effortless look. By stacking a few stylish rings on your fingers, you can create an eye-catching ensemble in a matter of minutes. In this blog, we are going to explain why sometimes more is more!

Tips On How To Stack Your Jewelry

Try to keep your metals the same

When stacking or layering your jewelry pieces, it’s a great idea to keep the metals the same. Wearing pieces that are uniform in color will ensure that your look is cohesive and pleasing to the eye. Wearing gold rings with gold necklaces, for example, will tie your whole outfit together beautifully!

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Mix and match different shapes

When you’re stacking or layering jewelry, you have the freedom to have fun and experiment with silhouettes and shapes! Mixing different shapes within your jewelry will give off an eclectic and colorful touch to your outfit. And if that isn’t what you’re going for, you can match your jewelry shapes and keep things consistent. That will keep the lines and silhouettes of your pieces neat and tidy!

Add different lengths

When selecting which necklaces to use for layering, choose ones with varying lengths! Not only does this help with tangled chains, it gives you the chance to show off each of your pendants individually! Even wearing a chain without a pendant will help your other pieces shine! Tiering your necklaces is the perfect way to add a personal touch to your pieces- all while creating dimension.

Stacking Different Jewelry Tips & Tricks

How To Stack Bracelets

Stacking bracelets is an easy and fun way to add a dash of fun to any ensemble! To make sure things don’t appear too cluttered or disorganized, place your tighter bracelets closer to your hand and your looser or wider bracelets behind them. This works when you wear bracelets of different sizes and thicknesses. When wearing bracelets that are all thin, do as you please! And when stacking bracelets that are all thick, try not to wear more than 2 or 3 on one wrist.

How To Layer & Stack Necklaces

If you’re new to layering necklaces, start off with the following: Wear a choker at around 14 inches, a chain at 16 inches, and three pendant necklaces at 18, 20, and 22 inches- all together! This is a simple and easy-to-remember method to create an alluring tiered look. Once you discover what looks best to you, feel free to mix things up! With so many different chains, pendants, and lengths to choose from, the world is your oyster.

How To Stack Rings

Stacking rings is like an artform! Try wearing a couple of stackable rings with one prominent statement ring. Be sure not to clutter them on just one or two fingers- spread them out! To get a playful but sophisticated look, play around with different stones, shapes, and symbols. Wear standard sized rings and then smaller rings halfway down your finger to elevate your everyday look. But remember- when pairing thick rings with thin ones, always place the thicker rings closer to the base of the finger so the thinner ones don’t appear squished!

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  • 14K Yellow Gold Diamond Starburst Ring
  • 14K White Gold Deep V Diamond Ring
  • 14K Yellow Gold Peeking Diamond Ring
  • 14K Yellow Gold Woven Ring

How To Stack Stack Earrings

Stacking earrings are all the rage- and for good reason! If you want to get the look but are in doubt, stick to the cascading rule. The rule suggests that you keep your larger and more dangly pieces at the bottom of your ear (around your earlobe, for example), and have your smaller studs and hugging earrings higher up. This ascension gives the effect of a clean and balanced order to your pieces.

Stacking & Layering Jewelry: Get These Looks

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To get this look, place a minimalist bracelet further down on your wrist. Pair that with a paperclip bracelet and a tennis bracelet, and you have a beautiful ensemble that mixes shapes, thicknesses, and materials.

Stackable Ring with Necklaces

To achieve this minimal layered look, simply follow the aforementioned necklace tiering tip. Pair an 18-inch chain like this one with a longer chain and pendant of the same metal, and you’re done! It’s a foolproof way to add dimension to any look.

FAQs

1. How do you stack rings nicely?

Go thick to thin! Wear thicker rings at the bottom of your finger and thinner ones closer to the top. Not only does this elongate your fingers, it makes sure that no ring gets overshadowed by another. And remember to add some flair to both of your hands- balance is key!

2. How many bracelets are too many?

While we believe that more is merrier, sometimes there is such a thing as too much. When wearing thinner, daintier bracelets, limit yourself to 6 or 7. When mixing thicker bracelets with thin ones, try not to wear more than 5 on one hand. Wearing too many bracelets can be uncomfortable and cumbersome. Three per wrist is generally the sweet spot!

3. Can you wear bracelets on both wrists?

Totally! Wearing several bracelets on one wrist and only one or two on the other can create a nicely balanced look. Especially when they match your outfit, bracelets on both hands create the perfect accessories.

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To Wrap Up

On the days when you want to elevate your look in a matter of minutes, layering your jewelry is your secret weapon! Sometimes, the more jewelry you wear, the more stylish you feel! And the best part? There is no right or wrong way to do it. If you want an eclectic and energetic look, layering can help you achieve that! If you want a more sleek and clean look, layering can do that for you too!
Remember, it’s all about experimenting, enjoying, and showing off your personal style. Don’t forget to sign up for our email list to keep updated on more tips and tricks and even $100 off your first order!

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Rachel Glassman

Armed with five years of writing experience, Rachel aims to turn dense topics into easily understandable content, one shining word at a time.

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Black Friday Jewelry Gift Guide 2022

Black Friday Jewelry Gift Guide 2022

If you’re looking to check off your holiday gift list and save money, then it’s your time to shine…literally! James Allen’s Black Friday deals are here! Read on to check out the best bling at the best prices. Shop early, save, and, best of all, sleep in on November 25th.

Black Friday jewelry gift guide 2022

James Allen Black Friday Deals

It’s that time of year again, the annual James Allen Black Friday sale! 25% off SITE WIDE! Save on everything! That piece you’ve been eyeing all year? Treat yo self! That engagement ring your love has been sending hint after hint for? Blow their mind with the bling!

Sparkle so bright they won’t remember you forgot their birthday? They’ll wish you would forget it every year! Shop early, save, avoid the chaos, and savor those turkey day leftovers.

Best Selling Black Friday Engagement Rings

A chill in the air and some ice on the finger. The most romantic time of year is upon us once again, the perfect time to pop the question or upgrade your current hardware. Whether you prefer a perfect pavé, a sophisticated solitaire, or a heavenly halo engagement ring, this is the ideal time to grab one of our 2022’s top trends.

Solitaire Engagement Rings

Oh, how we love a solitaire engagement ring! You just can’t go wrong with this timeless, classic, and simply stunning style. Not only are solitaire settings budget-friendly and allow the focus to be solely on your center stone, but they also give an understated elegance beloved by all.

Worried a solitaire is too simple? Pshaw! Go for a thick or thin band, get modern with a knife edge or a six prong shank, or amp up the style with a rope or cable band. The options go on and on!

Choose from timeless yellow gold, romantic rose gold, brilliant white gold, or go for the strength of platinum. Whichever metal or style you choose, a solitaire engagement ring will always be in style. Check out these best-sellers for inspo, and go to JamesAllen.com for more!

Halo Engagement Rings

Stand in the light of a halo when you give your loved one of our halo engagement rings. This style, where your center stone is surrounded by a literal halo of diamonds, gives your already shining ring enhanced elegance and sparkle.

Do you subscribe to the bigger is better theory? Then halo rings are for you! The halo of diamonds around your center stone will make your ring look even bigger than it is. It’s no wonder their popularity continues to grow.

After all, is more shine ever a bad thing? Take a look at some of the halos our customers just love, and check out more here!

Pavé Engagement Rings

Love the look of being surrounded by diamonds but don’t have the budget of being surrounded by diamonds, then look to the pavé! Pavé literally means to cover, as in to pave something. Pavé engagement rings feature bands that are covered in diamonds.

What is great is that the diamonds are tiny, making them affordable and allowing you to satisfy that champagne taste! All these tiny diamonds reflect light, allowing a beautiful sparkle that can be seen from every angle.

A ring that dazzles this bright is sure to get that yes! Need some inspo? These beauties are best sellers for a reason!

Fine Jewelry Black Friday Deals

Figuring out what to get all the people on your list can be a pain in the you know what! Fine jewelry to the rescue! It always makes a great gift! Whatever their style, whomever the recipient, whichever pieces are preferred, jewelry is the gift that never fails.

Gold Jewelry

There’s a reason it’s called The Gold Standard. Gold is always great; whether you prefer yellow, white, or rose, gold is the gift that keeps on going. Get in on the minimalist trend with gold pieces that you’ll never want to take off. Sport a perfect pair of gold hoop earrings, a cute cuff, an initial necklace, and a statement ring. 

Speaking of statement rings, why go for just one when you can stack ‘em? Wear them on the same finger or get multiple for different fingers because when it comes to stackable rings, it’s like holiday guests, the more the merrier!

Wear your gold jewelry together, separately, or mix and match for a clean, elegant look.

Lab Created Diamond Jewelry

Love diamonds but want to save even more? Then our lab created diamond jewelry collection is for you! Lab created diamonds are great because they are 100% real diamonds, cost less than their counterparts found in the earth, and at James Allen, are certified conflict-free.

Lab grown diamonds are also the perfect way to build your fine jewelry basics collection. Go for a timeless tennis necklace, a perfect solitaire ring, a set of cluster earrings, and a station dash bracelet to pull the collection together.

Is your best friend such a Libra? Is your sister the ultimate Gemini? Sounds like they need a piece from our gorgeous constellation collection. No matter their sign, we got the shine to match!

Complete the set with a pair of lab grown diamond hoop earrings, go for a heavenly halo ring, or choose a perfect pendant. No matter what you choose, our lab created diamond pieces are just what every jewelry box needs.

Birthstone Jewelry

Celebrate a birthday this holiday season, no matter when you were born! Rock the wintery gem of December with beautiful topaz pieces and feel hot hot hot while sporting these icy cool blues. Choose the deep red of January’s garnet and feel regal everytime you put it on.

From the deep shades of September’s sapphires to the engaging greens in May’s emeralds, birthstone jewelry looks good every month of the year. Were you born in October but have the soul of an April baby, pair a stunning opal necklace with a diamond bolo bracelet. Throw in a ruby ring for a pop of color to honor all those July babies you know and love.

James Allen’s collection of birthstone jewelry is so gorgeous you’ll wish you had a birthday every month of the year!

Black Friday Wedding Rings For Women

The James Allen Black Friday sale is also a great time to get that dream wedding ring! Whether you’re looking for your perfect wedding ring for the big day, to add a beautiful piece to your wedding ring collection, or simply want to upgrade your current wedding ring, we have the style for you.

Want a classic ring to match your timeless love? Go for one of our simply sophisticated classic wedding rings. Available in yellow, white, rose gold, and even platinum, as well as different widths, and even styles (check out our knife edge for a classic ring with a twist); we’ve got the right ring for you!

Do you need a ring that sparkles as bright as your smile? Our collection of diamond wedding rings will leave you wanting for words.

Whether you want diamonds that go on and on, like our dazzling eternity rings, or maybe you want a pavé wedding ring to match your pavé engagement ring, our seemingly endless collection of women’s wedding rings has the perfect ring waiting for you.

Black Friday Wedding Rings For Men

Your man deserves a ring that will make everyone go wow! We know this is an important purchase, one of the most important pieces of jewelry you’ll ever buy, and you don’t want to buy just any old ring. 

Classic men’s wedding rings are simply timeless. Whether you prefer a slimmer 4mm ring, or want a slightly thicker 6mm band, these enduring rings are available in varying widths, metals, and finishes. From comfort fit to slightly flat or slightly curved, these stylish rings allow you to take a classic look to the next level.

Do you love the classic look but want to give it a twist? Go for a bold, black tantalum ring. Whether you prefer one with a pattern, a satin finish, or one mixed with gold, there are so many choices for men’s wedding rings that you are sure to find your favorite.

Final Thoughts

It’s never a bad thing to be ahead of the game, at least when it comes to holiday shopping! Get that list, check it twice, and finish shopping before everyone else has even started. As they elbow their way through the crowds and set their alarms before the sun, you’ll be fast asleep, dreaming of how you got gifts everyone will love and at a discount. So head on over to JamesAllen.com because sparkle season starts now!

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Sarah Axelrad

With over 10 years of experience writing and editing on a wide variety of subjects, Sarah is a veteran of the content world. Since joining James Allen, she has focused on all things diamonds and fine jewelry with the goal of educating and empowering consumers.

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