October 16, 2018 / Educational

Necklace Lengths Guide - How to Measure & Choose a Necklace Length

Best how-to necklace lengths guide. Match neckline styles to necklace lengths! Learn the official names of the various necklace lengths. Download the guide. ...

Our necklace length guide can help you and our customers quickly make jewelry decisions based on the neckline style you're wearing. Read the article, watch the video and save the infographic. Print it today!

With fashion changing throughout the year, the latest trends are hard to keep up with but don't let that dissuade you when you're choosing a finished necklace. Once you become familiar with the different styles, matching the necklace to the neckline will be a piece of cake. What's the best necklace to wear with a v-neck? How about a turtleneck? This handy necklace length guide will take you through the decision making process.

How to Choose the Necklace Length

Popular Necklines

One thing you'll want to remember when choosing a necklace is that you never want it to compete with the style of neckline you're wearing. For instance, if you are wearing a strapless top you wouldn't want to match it with a 20-inch matinee or 24-inch opera length necklace, yet a 14-inch collar or 16-inch choker would hang perfectly. The graphic below shows the most popular styles of necklines in women's fashion.

Graphic of clothing necklines - Strapless, off shoulder, boatneck, scoop, sweetheart, v-neck, crew, collar, turtleneck

Standard Necklace Lengths

Now that you know the names of the necklines, you can match them up with the necklace lengths below. Feel free to print this guide so you can have it on hand for quick necklace and neckline matches.

Choker length necklaces - 14 inches - Open necklines such as strapless or off the shoulder

The choker and collar names are often used interchangeably, with various lengths in inches listed for each. It is a minor distinction, but we contend that the choker would go high around the neck while the collar would rest on the collarbone.

Collar Necklace Length - 16 Inches - Can be worn with several styles, but avoid necklines such as collars that would hide the piece

Princess Necklace Length - 18 Inches - Collared, sweetheart and crew necklines

Matinee Length Necklaces - 20 Inches - Collar, scoop, boatneck and crew
Opera Length Necklaces -24 Inches - Collar, scoop, boatneck and crew necklines
Rope Necklace Lengths -28 Inches - Turtlenecks, scoops and boatnecks
Lariat Necklace Lengths - 35 Inches - Turtlenecks and scoops

Of course, various body types and bust sizes will affect the visual length and drape of jewelry on the torso. And each person has unique preferences. It's always a good idea to use string to take a measurement so you can find the sizes that you like the most. Or, simply use a ruler to measure your favorite necklaces in your jewelry box so you know what to buy.

How to Measure the Necklace Length

If you are making custom chains, be sure to include the clasp and findings in your total length measurements. We recommend using a yardstick or meter stick in your jewelry studio. Affix your measuring stick to a table surface and line up your chain and jewelry findings right alongside it to determine the precise length of chain you will need to cut from the bulk spool. Then, use jewelry cutters to snip one link of chain to make your cut.

Buy Pre-made Pendant Chain Necklaces

At Halstead, we sell finished chain necklaces in standard lengths from 14 inches to 36 inches. We can special order different finished lengths for higher volume orders if you are willing to wait longer for delivery. We have hundreds of chain styles to choose from on our website. To browse more quickly, look for the results filter by length. On your PC computer, it will be in the left-hand column of the product listing pages. On your mobile device, it is a red drop-down menu at the top of your screen called Narrow Results.

Necklace Lengths Video

Don't forget to check out these other great articles on necklaces & chain:

Tips for Chain End Finishing

Types Of Jewelry Chain Link Styles

Making Chain From Wire With Jill MacKay

Untangling Jewelry Chain: Tips, Tricks & More

Written By: Erica Stice
Erica is the former Studio Coordinator at Halstead. She spent 14 years with the company across a variety of departments but fell in love with metalsmithing. Erica's top tip for new metalsmiths is: "Practice! Be patient with yourself and have fun with it. Don't be afraid to ask questions. All of us at Halstead enjoy helping people whether it's questions on products or technical help in the studio. We're here for you."