The $8 trick to making any necklace the perfect length


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Layering season has officially begun. But it’s not just your skin care, your clothes (or even your sneakers) that are better worn together this time of year. The same holds true for the dainty necklaces you never take off.

With so many covetable pieces of tiny jewelry to choose from right now, it’s hard to pick favorites. This could be why so many women who wear it don’t—choosing instead to wear several delicate chains at once. On their own, each is so subtle, it might go unnoticed. Together, though, they create a statement. The only catch is that most necklaces sold today come in the same lengths—typically a 16- or 18-inch chain. So, how do you create the right amount of distance between more than one worn at a time?

The easiest (and cheapest) answer is to buy necklace extenders. (This hack is great for layering necklaces, but it’s also a quick fix when you find one you love that doesn’t hit you in the right place and getting a longer chain isn’t an option.) You can get extenders online at sites like Etsy, Amazon, Bloomingdale’s, and Shopbop. They come in different materials to match the metal of your necklace. My personal recommendation, especially for anyone with allergies, is to stick to either sterling silver or gold fill. Each costs about $8 and is hypoallergenic.

And for those of you who put your dainty pieces back in your jewelry box in favor of channeling this season’s big chain energy, know that extenders for heavier necklaces exist. They just cost more, like this one for $28 I found on Etsy. As an added bonus, you can use yours to convert your necklaces into bracelets when you want to switch up your style without spending more money on a fleeting fad.

Extenders come in different lengths, which makes it easier to customize your needs. So, for example, say you want to wear three necklaces that are each 16-inches. If you buy a 2 in. plus a 4 in. extender, you can create a 16-18-20-inch layer look that’ll cover your chest from your collarbone to your heart chakra. Who doesn’t love that?

If you’re looking for ways to strengthen your heart chakra. Try wearing a rose quartz necklace from of these high-vibe crystal jewelry makers over it. 

This story was originally published on October 5, 2018; it was updated on November 22, 2018. 

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