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How to Layer Necklaces and Chains


If you’re new to men’s jewelry and only have one chain but want to buy more or just bought your second chain and need to know how to create a stack, we’re here to help. We want to make this men’s style guide as easy and effortless as a layered necklace look is. 

Chain stacks or layering necklaces (call them what you want) are a fun way to show off multiple necklaces and a skilled part of accessorizing. If you haven’t read our guide on how to wear a gold chain, read that first and come back ready to learn more. 

This is your essential guide on how to layer necklaces and chains. 

Creating a Chain Stack

If you only have one chain and you’re looking to add a second to your jewelry collection, you’re starting at the perfect place. Follow these basic rules, and you’re golden. 

  • Choose your base chain. This chain should be your shorter chain. We recommend choosing one that’s 20-22 inches.

  • Choose your second chain. This chain should be 2 inches longer than your base chain and should be thinner or the same thickness as your first chain.

That’s it! It’s really that simple. It’s all about knowing which necklaceyou want to be longer and which piece you want to show off the most or your statement necklace.

If you want to showcase Christian men's jewelry, you can opt to add a cross pendant necklace as your initial necklace or base and then pair another simpler piece of similar metals to complete the layered necklace look.

The fun part is that you can choose the different necklace styles you want! If you prefer the textured look of rope chains, choose two with different thicknesses and lengths to highlight the diamond-cut links. If you feel adventurous, pair a gold and sterling silver chain together. The mismatch of metals shows off the design of the necklace and is trending this year.

Curated Chain Stacks

If you want to save time and go for what our jewelry experts suggest, check out our curated gold chains. These dazzling duos also make for impressive gifts, so consider these for the holidays or your best friend’s birthday.

Our best-selling layered look is the Cuban and Franco Chain Stack

It’s the #1 gift for him for a good reason. The thinner Franco chain has sharp, chevron-shaped links that point your eyes to the softer curves of the Cuban’s links creating synergy between the two vastly different styles. If silver is your go-to, this stack shows off its cool shine with a rhodium coating for an extra luxurious finish.

Another favorite is the Cuban Link Chain Stack because two are better than one. Following the layering necklace rules, we paired a shorter 5mm Cuban chain with a longer 3mm Cuban chain necklace. This stack expertly shows off how Italian-made Cuban links look in different sizes. Go for gold with this layered look.

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