FAQ: How Do I Layer Necklaces?

If you're like me, knowing how to layer necklaces is a mystery! I see all these great posts on Pinterest and on blogs in sepia tones of boho-chic women in their peasant blouses and beaded bracelets and *they look fabulous*. I know that  my own handmade jewelry, Peggy Li Creations, is nothing if not versatile. So I finally took the plunge and created some necklace designs that are so great for layering, they are no-brainers!

Layering necklace tip #1: Don't be afraid to mix metals.  
I love the two necklaces below -- they are from the same style with leather cords, but feature a mix of silver and bronze beads that give them an even more primitive vibe, which I love. In this case, the bolder Mother of Pearl Horn necklace anchors the more subtle Thai Silver Beaded necklace. Either piece can be worn alone but even have more power together.
Necklaces you can layer

Layered Necklaces Tip #2: More is MORE!
I started to carefully put necklaces together and then just gave up and put them all on the bust and voila! Layered necklace magic. The lesson? Don't be afraid to pile on the pieces. Different color, texture and shapes keep your eye moving from top to bottom, like the Horn Pendant Necklaces seen below, but I also think a repetition of the same pendant at different lengths would also be an awesome layered necklace look, like wearing three arrowheads in a row (hot!)
Layering Necklace Tutorial

Layering Necklace Tip #3: Let the necklace do the work!
Wear a necklace that has two or more strands paired together! You get a layered look in one piece that is easier to put on and take off than multiple singles. And no one says you can't add on a few more pieces to a double-stranded piece.  Show below, my Double Berber Pendant Necklace and my Horn and Geode Drusy Necklace (limited!).

Examples of layered necklaces

Layering Necklace Tip #4: Necklaces you can always layer.
There are certain pieces, just like pieces in your wardrobe, that *always* look good no matter how or what you wear with them. Here are some Peggy Li Creations jewelry design rock stars that I think you can layer with whatever else you want to wear.

Nameplate Necklace
Nameplate Necklace
Om Pendant Necklace
Tiny Om Necklace
Evil Eye Necklace
Evil Eye Necklace
Feather Charm Necklace
Tiny Feather Necklace

Layering Necklaces Tip #5: Go long!
Don't be afraid to wear longer necklaces! In some ways they are even easier to wear because you don't have to worry about your neckline. For many of my jewelry designs, I can make the chain any length you'd like. Simply email me with your request.  Here is a handy Necklace Length Guide to help you as well.

There you have it, my tips for wearing your necklaces layered. What are your tips? Leave them in the comments below!


FAQ: How to Choose Your Ring Size

With stacking rings and midi rings (otherwise known as knuckle rings) growing in popularity, you might be wondering, "What is my ring size, anyway?!". There are some free tools out there, like this printable ring size guide from Overstock.com (opens in a new window).  It's important with these printable sizers that you print the paper at the right scale.

For an easier and reusable way to measure your digits, I now carry this handy Ring Sizer! Make in the UK out of flexible plastic, you just slip this sizer over your finger like a belt and measure. Hold the sizer at the size you think you need, and slip it up and down your finger to make sure the size fits over your knuckles.

Cool, right? Purchase the reusable Ring Sizer at peggyli.com!
Purchase a ring sizer at peggyli.com.

Reusable Ring Sizer
Ring sizer in action!
Check out all the Rings available at peggyli.com and shop with your correct ring size! Don't see the size you need? Always feel free to contact me via email or chat and we can talk about what you need. :-).


Jewelry Seen on Castle

I'm so thrilled to add "Castle" to the roster of TV shows who love using Peggy Li Creations jewelry

ABC show "Castle" is noteworthy for a few things -- star Nathan Fillion is a sci-fi icon (Firefly, anyone?) and his co-star, Stana Katic is, well, gorgeous and speaks five languages (what?). So I was super excited to connect with the costume designer for the show and send them a box of jewelry goodies! What did they say? "We're keeping it all."  My favorite four little words!

Here are some of my Peggy Li Creations jewelry worn on Castle episode "The Wild Rover".
Tamala Jones Castle Earrings
Lanie (Tamala Jones) wears Peggy Li Creations Open Oval Earrings http://www.peggyli.com/open-oval-earrings.html
Guest star Cara Buono wears a Peggy Li Creations Swarovski Slice Necklace in Castle episode "The Wild Rover" -- http://www.peggyli.com/swarovski-slice-necklace.html
In the Castle 100th episode, I was even more pleased to see my jewelry appear on the beautiful and talented Molly Quinn, who plays Castle's daughter Alexis. She wears three pieces in the episode "The Lives of Others"!
Jewelry worn on castle
Alexis (Molly Quinn) wears a Peggy Li Creations Herkimer Fringe Necklace in Castle episode "The Lives of Others." http://www.peggyli.com/herkimer-fringe-necklace.html
Molly Dixon wears a Peggy Li Creations Ring
Alexis sleuths wearing a Peggy Li Creations Chevron Ring. http://www.peggyli.com/chevron-ring.html
Alexis (Molly Quinn) rocks a one-of-a-kind Peggy Li Creations necklace that features a drusy quartz and geode slice! For a similar pendant, check out my Double Agate Necklace  http://www.peggyli.com/double-agate-necklace.html and this Citrine and Geode Necklace!
Earrings worn on Castle
Lanie (Tamala Jones) is a no-nonsense medical examiner, rocks my Bean Hoop earrings!  http://www.peggyli.com/debehoea.html

Stay tuned to even more episodes of Castle featuring Peggy Li Creations jewelry (fingers crossed!).



Summer 2013 with Peggy Li Creations

I'm writing this blog post to inform my lovely customers that after a lot of thought, I've made the very difficult decision to not attend this summer's Sunday Burlingame Farmer's market that starts this April 2013. I have been doing the market since I first started my jewelry business, over 10(!) summers ago. Back then, I had a single 3'x3' card table and a few pieces of jewelry. I didn't even have an umbrella for shade, or know anything about what I was doing!  I've come a long way since then.

The Peggy Li Creations blue cloth-covered table at the Burlingame Farmer's Market.
Summer of 2013 presents many challenges. It will be the 2nd summer where I am working on my jewelry business, Peggy Li Creations (http://www.peggyli.com) full-time. My Dad will be undergoing radiation treatment for his cancer diagnosis from the end of last year. On a happier note, I will be getting married in the Fall and the business is growing to the point where my weekdays are filled with work and I crave a little more work-life balance, after many years of working a "day job" and my jewelry together, 24-7. I hope that you guys will understand that I need to take a break from the summer work this year!

However, I realize that I would not be where I am today with my business without my faithful and supportive customers from Burlingame! Isabelle, Patty, Angela, Patricia, Celeste, Susan, Lee, Yvonne (and so many more) -- a wonderful community of customers who over time became friends.

Lastly, there was always so much inspiration from the farmers and other vendors I sat next to for Sunday after Sunday. They would be there, rain or shine, often driving many many miles to do their work. Gay, Susie, Heather. Perseverance personified.

To all of you, I can only say THANK YOU. And...

YOU CAN STILL FIND ME!!! I will do my best to have a few in-person events during the year. Please keep in touch via email (info@peggyli.com), Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, whatever! I always will post my events on my Events Page as soon as they are scheduled. I even hope to make a few Sundays in Burlingame this year, too.

It's tough to say goodbye to a great farmer's market, but I'm really only a click away. http://www.peggyli.com

I'll miss you guys this summer! Eat some croissants for me!!!