INTRODUCING THE NECKMESS!
You may have seen this aesthetic a lot lately, especially on social media. While people have layered jewelry for centuries, this look has come full circle in a burst of glory. What I love about this current look is that there are simply no rules, anything goes. Or at least that’s what your eyes may tell you. This necklace style of various chains, strands, pendants and charms piled on top of one another has artfully been named the “neckmess.’
It’s a way for each of us to take our heirloom pieces, chunky chains, mixed metals and stones and make the look interesting and entirely our own. This layered look tells a broader story about yourself, and your many layers.
As with other visual creative endeavors (gardening, painting, interior design, etc.), elements need to come together in a way that creates harmony and is pleasing to the eye. There needs to be a sense of balance and cohesion among the disparate parts. In my humble opinion, the key to good design comes down to four essential elements:
COLOR – PATTERN – TEXTURE - SHINE
Exhibit A: this neckmess of Relica pieces includes color in the organic stones, the shine and sparkle of the gold and silver elements, the patterns and textures of the charms and chains. The result is contrast and interest which allows the elements to stand on their own and not compete.
KEY TENETS FOR COMPELLING LAYERS
- LENTHS: Layer in different lengths of chains and stone necklaces, 16”, 18” and 22”
- SIZE: Make the layers different weights; this also helps prevent tangling.
- STONES: If you add two strands stones, make one strand small stones and the other medium or large stones and beads.
- COLOR: Colored stones and elements that are both next to each other and opposite each other on the color wheel (like orange and blue).
- RELICS: Add charms and amulets (3-5) in different chapes and sizes that hold meaning for you.
- PEARLS: they add a touch of luxe.
- MIX: Incorporating all silver and gold metal is very pretty and provides a nice palette for all the different elements. On the other hand, mixing your metals adds a bit of sophistication.
WHAT TO AVOID
Large statement earrings, big bold patterned tops, ruffles and lace near the neckline. All of these will overwhelm and compete with your neckmess.
WHAT TO WEAR IT WITH
A basic white tee shirt for a high/low look. A simple LBD (little black dress). A jean jacket and summer dress. A black turtleneck.
SHOW US YOUR NECKMESS!
We’re doing a give-away for the best layered look and you could win the silver and bronze Ganesha necklace in the photo above. Follow this link to learn more. https://relicadesigns.com/pages/neckmess