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A Guide to Choosing the Right Necklace Length for You

Are you buying a necklace for yourself or your partner? Choosing the right length for the piece is crucial to getting the right fit and look. The chain length and the pendant play a role in determining the best visual aesthetic, and you have five different sizes for women's necklaces.

This guide gives you everything you need to know about choosing the right necklace length for your style.

Understanding Necklace Lengths

Women's jewelry necklaces come in even-inch chain lengths. Use this chart to understand the fit and look for your selection.

Necklace Length (Inches)

Position on the Body

14" Wraps close like a choker around your neck.
16" Falls along the base of your neck for a collar-style look.
18" Sits elegantly around your collarbone.
20" Falls just below your collarbone.
22" Falls just above the top of your bust.


Factors for Choosing the Right Necklace

Buying the right necklace helps you pull any outfit together, creating a focal point in your look. Consider these tips when choosing the necklace length and how it compliments your body.

Sizing the Necklace to Your Neck

Measure your neck using a flexible tape measure before heading to the jeweler. Measuring is very important, especially when considering smaller chains like chokers. Take that measurement and add two inches to it for a comfortable fit. Most chokers have a 16" length.

Add four inches to your measurement for a name necklace or pendant-style setup, usually around 18" in length. When considering your look and the visual aesthetic of the necklace, remember that chokers are ideal for women with long necks.

Necklaces & Framing the Face

The right necklace produces a visual aesthetic that frames your face. An elegant design should accentuate your best facial features, altering the way others perceive the look of your face. If you have a round face, avoid chokers and shorter designs, as they'll enhance the roundness of your face.

If you have an oval-shaped face, you're in luck. You can get away with any length or shape in your necklace design. Women with a longer face shape can soften and broaden their face shape using shorter necklaces. Round and short, round chains prevent adding length to your look.

We recommend looking for princess necklaces and chokers measuring 16" to 18." Women with heart-shaped faces will look fantastic with shorter necklace lengths and are the ideal face shape for chokers. The shorter length provides the illusion of fullness, balancing out your narrow chin.

Necklaces & Height

You'll also need to consider your height when selecting your necklace length. Your height and body type play a role in choosing the right size to match your look. Women under 5'4" look amazing in necklace lengths from 16" to 20".

Longer necklace lengths tend to overwhelm the frame of shorter women, taking away from the visual aesthetic of their look. Women between 5'4" to 5'7" in height will suit any necklace length. The longer chain-style necklace suits taller women above 5'7" as it accentuates their tall frame.

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