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Treat your valentine (or yourself!) to this 3-piece gold-plated necklace set

The rule "less is more" no longer applies when I accessorize.
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When it comes to jewelry, I've always thought less is more. That recently changed when I got bored — or brave, depending on how you look at it — and decided to try layering my necklaces. Since I wasn't sure what I was doing, I started with Amazon's bestselling $9 three-piece gold-plated necklace set.

Here's why I would buy it again in a heartbeat, and why I highly recommend it to anyone unsure of what to gift their special someone for Valentine's Day.

Aisansty Dainty Layered Choker Necklaces

It couldn't be more affordable

The first thing that caught my eye about this necklace set was the cost: $9. At first, I thought it was a typo. The last place I paid $3 for a single necklace was probably at Claire's, and it was most likely something plastic and cheap looking. This set, which includes either two or three necklaces, depending on the style you get, looks like it could cost 10 times what it does.

I chose the gold bar, coin and chain set so I could match it with my go-to rose gold-plated stacking ring. While it's made of high-quality brass, it truly looks like gold to me. More importantly, it's hypoallergenic. You can even shop the silver set — which is also nickel and lead free — for the same affordable price.

It has more than 5,000 verified five-star ratings

wearing all three necklaces together at Latitude 15, a luxury boutique hotel in Lusaka
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When I'm trying something for the first time, I like to know the odds of liking it are in my favor. That's why for my first layered necklace set I went with this one. It's been reviewed by over 8,000 Amazon customers, and over 5,100 of them gave it a perfect five-star rating. I think most buyers love the value for the price. Like them, I've noticed that mine haven't fallen apart or changed color. And I've even brought mine all the way to Africa.

In fact, I even got compliments on it while wearing it to fancy business meetings at Latitude 15, one of Zambia's most luxurious boutique hotels. And since I knew it was only $9, I didn't need to stress about locking it in my hotel room safe. I wore it while touring sites in Lusaka and even on several safaris.

The necklaces are comfortable and adjustable

I have sensitive skin, so I'm always looking for hypoallergenic pieces like these when I accessorize. I also appreciate that each necklace in this set is adjustable, so I can change their lengths at any time. For example, I can wear the 14-inch necklace as a choker or as a regular necklace depending on where I fasten it. This allows me to switch up the layers, so the 18-inch chain in the set doesn't always have to be styled on the bottom.

If this design isn't your valentine's style, Amazon's wide selection of layered necklaces won't disappoint. You'll find a number of top-rated options that customers can't stop raving about.

M Mooham 14K Gold Plated Chain Layered Initial Necklaces

Mevecco Handmade Layered Heart Necklace Pendant

Turandoss Multilayer Adjustable Choker Necklace

The options for layering are literally endless

I love just wearing the pendant necklace by itself.
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I don't remember seventh grade math enough to calculate how many different ways you can wear two or three interchangeable necklaces together. However, I do know that because these necklaces are so simple, I can pair them with most of the other jewelry pieces I own. My layering options are pretty much endless. On days when I want a more subtle look, I like having the option of wearing each necklace on its own. Wearing one piece at a time still feels the most natural to me but, thanks to this set, I no longer believe less is always more.

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This story was originally published on Jan. 22, 2021.