Necklace length chart

 

Read our comprehensive guide to necklace length and how to measure your necklace length. When selecting a chain’s length, consider the person who will be wearing the chain. A chain will look shorter on a tall or large person than it will on a small person.

Longer chain (28″ and 30″) can slip over the head without unfastening, which might be helpful to someone who has trouble fastening small clasp.

Standard Necklace Length for an Average Woman

Necklace length

What’s it called?

Position on the body

13 – 15”

(33 – 38cm)

Collar

Tightly around the neck

15 – 17”

(38 – 43cm)

Choker

Sit at the base of the neck

17 – 19”

(43 – 48cm)

Princess

On the collarbone (the most common necklace length for the average women)

20 – 24”

(50 – 61cm)

Matinee

Between the collarbone and the bust

28 – 37”

(71 – 94cm)

Opera

From top of the bust to a couple of inches below

37 – 60”

(94 – 152cm)

Rope

From the center of the bust to the stomach

* Choose the next size up for larger neck size

 

Standard Necklace Length for an Average Man

Necklace Length

Position on the Body

17 – 19″

(43 – 48cm)

Sits at the base of the neck

19 – 21″

(48 – 53cm)

On the collarbone (the most common necklace length for the average men)

21 – 23″

(53 – 58cm)

A few inches below the collarbone

23 – 25″

(58 – 63cm)

On the chest

* Choose the next size up for larger neck size

Standard necklace length for children

Child’s age

Necklace length

1 – 3 years

12.75 – 13.5 inches

(32 – 34cm)

3 – 7 years

14.2 – 15 inches

(36 – 38cm)

7 – 10 years

15 – 16 inches

(36 – 40cm

MEASURE NECKLACE LENGTH FOR YOURSELF

When choosing the length for yourself, you can measure a similar necklace chain that falls the way you want. Take note that the chain thickness needs to be similar to the one you are purchasing.

 

If you don’t have a necklace with similar look or fall, you could use a string or cord of the same thickness. Ask someone to help you wrap the string around your neck, with one end pressed against the nape of your neck. Adjust the other end so that the string falls the way you want your necklace to, and mark where it meets the first end on the back of your neck.

 

Lay the string/chain flat on a surface and measure the length up to the mark. This measurement should be your necklace chain length.

 

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