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How to Choose the Perfect Necklace Length for You

Different necklace lengths can bring your look together in different ways. From long chains that work perfectly for a bohemian ensemble, to short necklaces that give a modern touch to any outfit. With our ultimate guide choosing the right length for you and your style has never been easier.

What Determines a Necklace Length?

Necklace length refers to how long the chain of the necklace is and where it will sit on the figure.

The length is the measurement of the chain when it is unclasped and sat straight. It is measured in either inches or centimeters, and there are standard lengths that the jewellery industry tends to stick to, these range from 16" to 32". Certain lengths also have names that they are known by, including choker necklaces which are 16 inches in length, and matinee necklaces which are 24 inches in length.

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layer different necklace lengths for an elegant look

How to Measure Necklace Length at Home

To ensure you can adorn your new necklace as soon as possible, you'll want it to be the correct size as soon as it arrives. Measuring a necklace length is very easy. We suggest finding a necklace you already own that is the size you wish your new piece to be.

Step 1: Unclasp this necklace
Step 2: Lay it out flat next to a ruler or measuring tape
Step 3: Note it's measurement in inches or centimeters.
Step 4: This will give you the length that you should be looking for when buying a new chain.

Don't worry if you do not have a necklace at home, or if you're buying as a gift and don't have access to your loved one's jewellery box to measure! With our necklace size guide, you can see a visual representation of where a necklace will fall on the body.

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choose adjustable necklace size for versatility

What Necklace Length Should I Choose?

There are many factors that play into what necklace length you should choose. From personal taste, to the neckline of your clothes, you'll want to consider them all.

The first thing you will want to consider is your height. A necklace that is longer will appear to sit lower on those with shorter torsos, and slightly higher on those with longer. If you do not have a necklace you can use for reference already, you may wish to measure a piece of string to the size you want and use this as a guide.

If the piece you are searching for is a necklace to compliment a specific outfit, you'll want to take into account the neckline. For instance, you can create an elegant look by pairing a turtleneck with a longer chain, whereas a shorter necklace makes a gorgeous addition to a strapless number. The red carpet is a fabulous place to look for inspiration on how to style your jewellery.

When curating a layered necklace look you want to pay close attention to the length of each of your chains as this can help to avoid tangling. This modern look can be pulled off in numerous ways, from opting for three shorter lengths that sit close to the neck and collar bone, to choosing two longer lengths that allow pendants to hit you chest lower down.

Enjoy Versatility with Adjustable Necklace Lengths

For those who enjoy switching up their look depending on their look, but still want one necklace they can pair everything with, a necklace with an adjustable length is the answer! Many of our necklace chains feature a sliding bead that allows you to change the length easily! This is also great for those who struggle to find the right length amongst standard sizes as it allows you to find the perfect length! If you want to switch up more than your length, we recommend opting for pendants that can be swapped out. If it's a gift for someone else, make it even more personal by adding a sentimental touch to the piece by choosing an engraved necklace or pendant.

About Monica Vinader

We are a British jewellery brand who create contemporary pieces that are instantly wearable, combining both fashion and fine jewellery. We use sustainable and ethical materials, such as recycled silver and gorgeous gemstones in our enviable pieces. Our stunning bracelets, rings, and earrings are loved by many, including Emma Watson and Kate Winselet.

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