Choosing Correct Necklace Length

Recommended necklace lengths will best underline a certain pendant shape, size or style, furthermore, it is necessary to consider that different necklace lengths flatter different people and different necklines so it is necessary to consider the chain length that fits factors beyond your outfit and personal style. 

N.B. All Stories of Silver & Silk handmade necklace chains can be adjusted and made to order to proffered length, except the factory-made chains that come with certain styles which will always be noted in product description. 

Necklaces or chains come in industry standard lengths; generally there are six different lengths for women (14, 16, 20, 24, 30 and 34”), and four for men (18, 20, 24, 30”).

Standard lengths

The jewelry industry has standard necklace lengths that come with necklace length and denomination for that length, along with proper placement of the necklace. 

Standard Necklace Lengths for Women 

Women’s necklaces are standardly sold in even-inch lengths (in jewelry business we do not normally talk about centimeters, as almost all industrially made chains will come in inches, we included corresponding lengths in centimeters in the chart for more clarity, however measures in centimeters are rounded to even number). This chart will help you learn where each necklace length falls on the average woman’s body (these description are made for standard body measures but every body (and neck) is different so if you are unsure we always recommend to determine correct measure for yourself – more on that below).

Neck Size

If possible, take the time to measure your neck before purchasing any necklace (especially when you are deciding for a choker). The best way is of course to measure one of the existing necklaces which falls exactly how you like it.

If that’s not possible then measure your neck with a soft measuring tape, then lay it flat on a surface and measure the length up to the mark. This measurement should be your necklace chain length. We recommend you to consider the style of the pendant and also the size of the necklace chain before making final decision. 

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