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A Guide To Necklace Length

From long statement necklaces to pendants that sit on the breastbone, from elaborate chokers to dainty chains that fall to the collarbone, necklaces come in a variety of lengths. The length you choose will depend very much on your own personal tastes, but there are plenty of questions that are commonly asked about necklace lengths.

Does your face shape impact on length? How do you actually measure the length of a necklace? What are the standard lengths? How can a necklace be adjusted to make it shorter or longer? Read on for the answers...

What Is A Good Length For A Necklace?

There are various different necklace styles, each of which has its own standard necklace length. Refer to our necklace length table below to determine the best fit for your needs.

Collar and Choker: 30.5-40cm or 14-16” Collar Fitting tightly around the neck. A choker should fit loosely around your neck, near to the base of your throat. This length goes well with different clothes and styles, especially those with crew, boat, and off-the-shoulder necklines. However, it’s not a great choice if you have a larger frame or want a looser necklace.
Short or Princess Necklace: 40-47cm or 18-20” Fairly similar to a choker but with a looser feel, princess or pendant necklaces sit at the collarbone. A classic favourite, this length looks great no matter your outfit or personal style. Many women like to combine a V-neck with necklaces that have pendants, as the shapes match perfectly.
Medium or Matinee Necklace: 47-60cm or ~20-24” The length of a matinee necklace can sit anywhere between the collarbone and the breastbone. A slightly elongated option, this necklace length goes well with collared shirts, either formal or casual. It’s also a great choice for women who are taller or have a longer neck.
Long or Opera necklace: 60-75cm or 28-34” These long necklaces sit below the bust line. As a result, they are the longest of all necklace types. This length is an excellent choice for boat necks, turtle necks, or any higher necklines. It’s also a popular pick for evening wear (especially if you wrap your necklace more than once).
Very long or Rope necklace: 85-100cm or 36-42” Varies depending on how it's worn The longer length, also known as rope, is typically wrapped around your neck two or more times. Some women also fold them in half and loop one end through the fold to create an attractive lariat.

Does Your Face Shape Impact Your Necklace Length?

Necklaces are not just fashion statements; they are also supposed to help frame your face and accentuate your best features. Now, what does this mean in terms of length?

Round Face

If you have a round face, it’s usually a good idea to avoid necklaces or chokers that are short (as they will draw attention to the more circular shape).


Heart-shaped faces are beautifully complemented by chokers or any short necklace, as they help create the illusion of fullness and bring balance to a slender chin.

For a long face, it’s better to opt for shorter necklaces that can create a more softened appearance. Chokers and princess necklaces (16” to 18”) are ideal.

Women with an oval face have the flexibility of embracing almost any necklace length. So, feel free to try different styles and types!

Factors That Affect The Necklace Chain Length for Women

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The right necklace can really bring your outfit to the next level, so it’s important to choose a length that works for you. The main factors you should consider are the size of your neck, your body type, and your height.

If you are thinking of purchasing a necklace, the first thing you should do is measure your neck (you can find some techniques in the sections below, but the easiest one is to use a measuring tape and add two inches for comfort).

Another factor that can affect the ideal length of a necklace is your body type. Here’s a handy tip: A necklace acts as a sort of path for other people’s eyes. If you want others to avoid your less-beloved features, make sure your necklace doesn’t end exactly on them! Generally speaking, this tends to mean avoiding long chains if you are more full figured (as the necklace might not hang properly).

Lastly, your height also matters. If you are shorter (let’s say, below 5’4”), you should go for necklaces that measure between 16 and 20 inches. If you’re medium height, you can wear any length and it'll probably look great, and if you’re tall (above 5’7”) you might want to go for a long necklace that compliments your height.

Women's Height and Standard Size Chart

Typical Necklace Length
Petite Frame (5.2" and shorter) 15"
Teenager (5.3" to 5.5") 15" to 16"
Average Adult (5.3" to 5.7") 17" to 18"
Taller Adult (5.8" to 6.5") 19" to 24"
Designs to drape 25" to 34"

The Standard Necklace Lengths

Necklaces for women are typically available in even-inch lengths as the standard measurement. You can consult this chart to understand where each necklace length typically falls on your body (the first table is for women, and the second for men):

Standard Length for Women:

Necklace Length
Position on the Body (WOMEN)
14" Sits snugly like a choker, encircling the neck closely.
16" Rests at the neck's base, resembling a collar. For petite women, it drapes loose at the neck and lands at the collarbone. On plus-sized women, it may have a snugger fit, akin to a choker.
18" A popular choice that usually sits directly on your collarbone.
20" Hangs right beneath the collarbone.
22" Drapes around or slightly above the upper bust area.

Standard Length for Men:

Necklace Length
Position on the Body (MEN)
18" Rests at the neck's lower edge, suitable for smaller neck sizes.
20" Extends to the collarbone, the typical choice for most men.
22" Hangs a couple of inches below the collarbone.
24" Reaches just before the sternum.

What Is A Good Length For A Necklace?

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A "good length" for a necklace is a personal choice, and depends on many factors. These include the type of necklace you're wearing, the outfit you're pairing it with, your face shape and many more.

Different styles of necklace have their own optimal lengths, as we've described above. However, it is also worth remembering that every individual is unique, and a necklace that flatters one person may not look quite as perfect on another.

A choker, for example, can look incredible on a neck that is long and thin, but will not flatter a shorter, wider neck in the same way. For the latter, a matinee or opera necklace can help to create the illusion of length. If your neck is wrinkled, you may also find that tighter, shorter necklaces do not flatter: instead, opt for a longer pendant to draw the eye away.

Those with a larger bust may want to check how a necklace sits before choosing one of a longer length. Height is also a consideration: while longer necklaces, like matinee and opera necklaces, can look fantastic on a taller woman, those who are shorter in stature may find collarbone-length necklaces more flattering.

The final thing to consider is your face shape. While oval face shapes can suit any necklace length, those with a rounder face better suit longer necklaces, particularly those with a pendant. Chokers are incredibly flattering for those with a Heart-shaped or a longer or rectangular face, helping to balance out the shape of the face.

How can a necklace be adjusted to make it shorter or longer?

The way in which you adjust your necklace length will depend on the type of necklace you have. With a chain necklace, links can be either removed or added to make the necklace the required length.

With strung necklaces, such as pearl necklaces, you may be able to restring the stones onto a longer or shorter wire. However, with other types of necklace - for example, if you're looking to change a diamond necklace length - it is worth asking a jeweller for their views on how best to adjust the necklace length.

How to layer necklaces of different lengths

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Generally, the rule of thumb when layering necklaces is to choose two or more necklaces that vary in length by at least two inches. By doing so you will avoid the necklaces becoming tangled, and are likely to be more comfortable.

However, it is possible to wear two necklaces of the same length. One option is to buy necklace extenders, which you can attach to the clasps of your existing necklaces. These come in a variety of styles, colours and materials, meaning you should be able to find something that matches your necklace. By extending one necklace and keeping the other as is, you can layer your two favourite pieces of the same length with ease.

Alternatively, there are options if you want to wear two necklaces of the same length without necklace extenders. The first is to choose two necklaces of different weights - for example, one thinner necklace, and one thicker one. By doing so, you'll increase the chance that the two necklaces will remain separated, reducing the risk of them becoming tangled.

The other option is to buy a necklace spacer, or necklace separator. Using one of these will keep your necklaces separate so that they don't become tangled.

Abelini, we offer a choice of three chain link types:

Diamond Chain Type

The Cable Link: the most common jewellery chain, this is available in a wide range of widths and thicknesses. The links are oval-shaped, with an aesthetic not unlike the paper clip chains we all made in primary school. It's durable and versatile and doesn't kink easily.

The Curb Link : another common choice, this chain is similar in construction to the cable link, but the individual links are flatter in appearance. It's another durable chain, but it tends to be considered a more 'masculine' option, so makes a great choice for men's jewellery.

The Spiga Link : also known as the wheat link, this option comes in a range of widths and lengths that never fail to look beautiful. The spiga link achieves a sparkle unlike any other, which differentiates it from the cable and curb link chain. It's another durable option that performs superbly as a gold necklace for women

How To Measure Your Desired Necklace Length

Metal Percentage
Height Typical Necklace Length
Petite Frame (5.2" and shorter) 15"
Teenager (5.3" to 5.5") 15" to 16"
Average Adult (5.3" to 5.7") 17" to 18"
Taller Adult (5.8" to 6.5") 19" to 24"
Designs to drape 25" to 34"

There are three main methods you can use to figure out how long your necklace should be. Let’s see each in some more detail.

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Measuring An Existing Necklace

One of the easiest ways to get the perfect necklace length is to use one of your existing pieces! All you need, then, is a measuring tape or ruler.

You have two main options here: You can either measure the full length or the closed length. For the full length, lay the necklace in a straight line, on a flat surface, and calculate the distance from the clasp to the other end. For the closed length, close the clasp, measure as before, and double the number for the total length.

Using a String to Measure a Necklace

If you don’t want to or cannot use an existing necklace, you can instead use a piece of string or tape measure to find the ideal length. Ahain, this is quite straightforward!

If you’re using string, wrap it around your neck until you reach the perfect look. Mark the ends with a pen and measure the distance. With a tape measure, all you need to do is note the number, and you’re ready.

Finding Your Choker Size

You can also use string or tape measure to get your coker size, but there’s one essential consideration here: Despite what the name says, you don‘t want the necklace to constrict you!

So, grab your sting or tape, place it around your neck, and then add 2 inches (or 5 centimetres) to the total size. This will give you the perfect fit for a choker that looks and feels great.

Necklace length size chart

38 15
40 15.7
42 16.5
45 17.7
50 19.7
60 23.6
65 25.6
70 27.6
75 29.5
80 31.5
90 35.4