When it comes to jewelry, you are correct if you’ve noticed that more is better these days. Judging by the activity levels on Pinterest, the look of the moment is stacked bracelets and rings, sometimes called layering.
Layer the bracelets – on one arm only – they’re whimsical and personalized, and no two arms ever look the same. Chunky gold bangles, skinny silver ones, oversized designer watches, men’s watches, even two watches on one arm. It’s just a fun form of fashion self expression. The term “arm party” has its own hashtag on Instagram. Jewelry junkies get together to share their latest finds and swap with friends. You’ll never wonder what to buy a girlfriend for her birthday, and one simply cannot have too many.
Rock a daily theme
Try layering a holiday theme, a color theme, a nautical theme, a birthstone theme, even a sentimental memory lane theme using childhood lockets and sweetheart charm bracelets. Whatever you are wearing or doing that day can serve as inspiration. Mix metals, sizes, bangles, pearls, leather, plastic, chains, big and small to rock your theme. Besides, it’s a great conversation starter.
From Coco to today
Two dozen bracelets all piled high from the wrist right up the arm may not be the most practical idea. Julie Tuton, a San Francisco Bay Area jewelry designer says, “Big, bold, and bulky is a cool trend. But, to find those items that stack well and also look good when singled out, worn for years to come, is a really clever solution.” The designer mentions that stacking is fun for special occasions and evenings out, plus the stack can be easily pared down for everyday wear or for the office. Julie recalls Coco Chanel’s signature look: piles of pearls, gold chains, camelias, ribbons, gems mixed with costume jewelry, a trendsetter back then. But, never one to look silly, even Madame Chanel is known to have mused, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.”
Stacked bracelets adorning the wrist and even snaking around the upper arm have been popular since before the days of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. On display at the National Museum of Romanian History in Bucharest is a gold bracelet, thirteenth in a series discovered, all of them dating from the 2nd century B.C. and reflecting a modern stacked look.
Currently hovering around $1,750 per ounce, the price of gold has spiked over the past five years. Looking back ten years, it has increased nearly eightfold. So, it makes perfect sense these days to have some fun with costume jewelry that looks good and mix it with a bit of the real stuff that may have been hiding in the back of your, or perhaps your mother’s, jewelry box.
Stack some stones
Raw rubies and emeralds, smoky quartz, faceted citrine, labradorite, citrine, celadon geode, chalcedony, onyx and more semi-precious stones are featured in affordable stackable rings of sterling silver plated in 18 karat gold. Jewelry designer Sarah Shaw says, “People like to create their own small, sparkly stack of favorite colors. The rings are contemporary, stack asymmetrically, look great with a cuff, and at $125 each, a stack of two or three will be far less costly than gems set in solid gold.”