How to Choose the Right Necklace Length

Choosing the right necklace length can be tricky, this guide should help you decide what length to go for. We offer bespoke chain lengths, just get in touch and we’d be happy to make a special length just for you.

Standard necklace lengths

Necklaces are sold in standard lengths ranging from 14 inches to 40 inches, usually the clasp is not included within this measurement. Below is a list of the most common lengths and how they fit.

Length Name Fit
10 - 16 inches Choker On the neck
18 inches Princess At the collar bone
20+ inches Matinee  Below the collar bone
28+ inches Opera  Below the bust

40+ inches

Rope  Navel length

necklace length illustration

How to decide your ideal necklace length

Depending on your height and size necklaces can hang at different points on different people so if you’re unsure use a measuring tape for clarity on where a necklace will fall on your body.
The easiest way of deciding on your ideal necklace length is to measure a perfectly fitting necklace you already own. Unclasp the chain and measure the chain section from end to end in inches.
Alternatively use a piece of knotted thread or string to experiment with different lengths. We recommend threading a pedant onto the string to allow it to hang as a pendant chain would. Once you’re happy cut the thread and measure from end to end – this is your ideal length!
Most of our necklaces come on a delicate trace chain that can be worn at either 16 or 18 inches, if you’d like us to make you a bespoke chain length just get in touch!