How to: Stacking rings

How-to Guide: Stacking Rings

Stacking Rings Guide

Stacking rings are a hot trend and they're here to stay. It's a great way to give new life to a ring that's a little lonely and boring on its own. It's also fun to mix and match colours and styles to create something totally unique.

Stacking rings first made an impression on the fashion industry in 2013 and were popular among bloggers, soon enough they were all over the catwalks too and now everyone is a fan. They look great, but how do you wear them?

First of all, the thing to remember is there's no "right" or "wrong" way to do this. If you love how it looks, that's the only thing that matters. Don't be afraid to experiment and get advice from friends, whose style you admire and who can give their insight, without over-shadowing your personal expression, inspiration is everywhere.

How many rings should you wear on each finger? It's really up to you, but you're better off varying it from finger to finger. See what looks and feels right. If you have an especially bulky ring or a favourite that you want to showcase, consider letting it fly solo and leave the stacking to other digits.

Tip: Wear rings of different widths together: Pair a skinny band with a thick and chunky ring. If your rings feature stones, stagger them so the gems don't line up vertically. It's a lot more comfortable and looks beautifully coordinated. Let them layer up too, it doesn't matter if one ring slightly overlaps the other - that's what makes it unique.

Stacking by colour & metal

Mixing colour gems creates a dramatic look, especially when you work with deep, rich shades of blue and red. You can also use gems in different hues of the same colour family for a different appearance - stacking rings aren't about matching and being neat. so have fun experimenting with different designs and styles.

Don't shy away from blending yellow gold with white and rose gold varieties. Mixing different textures also adds visual appeal. You can (and should!) wear white and gold metals together. In fact, combining rings of only one type and colour of metal sort of defeats the purpose of stacking. If you play it safe and stick to one colour, you're missing a great opportunity to show individuality!

Stacking what you already have

If you've fallen out of love with some of the rings in your jewellery box, stacking is the perfect way to see them in a new light. Even old-fashioned gifts from grandma can get a new lease on life when combined with more modern styles. so there's no need to throw them away. Your engagement ring and wedding band aren't off-limits, either. No one will say that you don't take your vows seriously if you add another fancy bauble to the same finger, especially another coloured gem paired with your diamond, so don't be afraid to try something different!

A finishing touch…

Finally, don't let your fashion statement get in the way of your daily routine. If your job requires you to be on a keyboard all day, make sure you can comfortably move your fingers around. It's also probably not a great idea to bejewel your fingers if you're going to be doing things like handling easily snagged fabrics or moving big, heavy objects.

Most importantly, trust your imagination! Stacking rings gives you countless ways to get more mileage out of the jewellery you love to wear.

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