Chain Length Guide

Everyone is unique, both physically and in aesthetic preferences. In other words, we aren’t all “standard” size nor do we have the same taste in jewelry so this guide will hopefully help you decide on the right chain length for you or the gift recipient.

A man’s neck size corresponds to his shirt’s collar size. However measuring for women is generally necessary as size is often unknown. Measurements may be taken at home utilizing a standard measuring tape. If you do not have a soft measuring tape, wrap a ribbon around the base of the wearer’s neck, mark the spot where the ends meet, then lay the ribbon against a yardstick or ruler to determine approximate neck size.

After a measurement is obtained, its a good idea to opt for a necklace size that is at least the second size up from your neck size. For example, if you have an 18 inch neck, you should probably choose a chain length of 20 inches or more. An 18 inch chain would feel too tight. Also consider the type of necklace when choosing length. Does the necklace lie flat? Is there a heavy dangling pendant? These aspects can both effect how a chain will hang.

Choosing Chain Lengths for Women

Consider where the wearer is likely to wear the necklace and the clothing that is likely to be worn with it. Some women may wear different lengths for different occasions and seasons. A choker style may look wonderful with a cocktail dress with a scooped neckline but may not fit over a turtleneck sweater. Many women opt for longer necklaces in the winter as bulky clothing may require the extra length. Take the wearer’s size into account. A 24 inch necklace on a petite woman may hang down too far just as the same necklace may be ideal for a larger woman. In general, the shorter the necklace, the more important the size. Necklaces that are too short may not fit at all.

Choosing Chain Lengths for Men

Most chain lengths chosen for men typically fall at the collar bone, which is usually around 20 inches in length. If the necklace includes a medallion, cross, or dog tag, a slightly longer length is suggested. Multiple chains of varying lengths may be worn for a layered look.

If you are unsure about neck size and whether or not a particular necklace or chain is right for you, please contact me. I’d be happy to help you select a suitable style of necklace that meets your specific requirements.