Necklace size guide

Wondering what size necklace would look best on you? Allow us to guide you to your perfect size. In this guide, we hope to tell you all you need to know about necklace lengths, types, and how to measure your body for the right necklace length. First of all, you should know that most necklaces are adjustable by 1" or 2-3 cm.

How do I know my necklace size?

Like clothes, jewellery must be worn comfortably in order to look stylish and perfect. Choose the right necklace length to suit your style, body shape, and comfort level.

Collar and Choker: 30.5-40cm or 14-16”

As the name suggests collar styles fit higher around the neck and chokers rest closely around the base of your neck. The right-sized choker necklace should fit comfortably, leaving a finger-room between the chain and your neck. Both collar and choker chains give off a retro-classic 90s vibe and look alluring on long slender necks and pixie-cut hairstyles.

Short or Princess Necklace: 40-47cm or 18-20”

A short necklace is designed to fall perfectly just below the base of the neck, resting around the collarbone. On petite women, this necklace will hang comfortably in position, however, on plus-size women, it might look more like a choker. So this size chain is best worn by petite or slim women.

Medium or Matinee Necklace: 47-60cm or ~20-24”

The Matinee necklace sits beautifully on your chest pointing gracefully towards your cleavage. A medium-length necklace is ideal if you are of moderate height and have a fuller body type.

Long or Opera necklace: 60-75cm or 28-34”

Best worn by tall willowy women, this necklace can bear a medallion pendant and other statement pieces. Depending on the length and your build you may also be able to wear an opera length like a layered choker and princess chain.

Very long or Rope necklace: 85-100cm or 36-42”

Wear your rope necklaces to create an illusion of layering in double or triple tires. Or knot it by folding it in half around your neck to form a stylish lariat knot.

How to measure your desired necklace length

Online necklace length charts show the total circumference lengths for each necklace measured in either centimetres or inches (1” = 2.5cm). There are two easy ways to measure the desired necklace length (total circumference).

Check the length of your favourite necklace

Step 1: Place your open necklace on a table

Step 2: Using the centimetre/inch edge of a ruler, measure from the outer edge of the clasp to the other end of the necklace.

Use a string or a flexible measuring tape

Step 1: Stand before your mirror and bring a string/flexible tape around your neck and join both ends at the length you prefer.

Step 2: Check the length (use a ruler to measure the string).

Things to consider

Your facial bone structure, body type and height

Here are a few things to consider when buying a necklace online, Before you choose a necklace length online, you should consider that the exact resting length of your necklace will vary with your body type, height, neck and torso length. Also, short lengths (Princess) without pointed pendants are more flattering to a heart-shaped face and medium-length (Matinee) chains with pendants work for round faces.

The look and feel you are aiming for

How you want to style your look will determine the length of necklace you need to choose.

Layering: Are you opting for the layered look with many chains in different lengths, or is it only a single chain that you want?

Pendant length: Do you want to wear a pendant on your chain? If yes, then you will need to consider the total length of the chain plus the pendant length.

You can always reach out if you need more personal guidance

Have no worries when you shop online for necklaces at thejewelleryroom.com. We guide and help customers all over the world on a daily basis, and our jewellery experts will do whatever it takes to find the perfect fit and size for the jewellery you're looking for. And please remember if you are still in doubt, you can shop safely with us. We guarantee that you can always exchange your purchase within 30 days.