At Ecksand, we know that necklace length can make all the difference when you are putting an outfit together. Having many sizes and styles of necklaces on hand is a great addition to any wardrobe. Yet, many people are not familiar with the different necklace lengths that exist in the jewelry industry. Fortunately, there are some very basic and easy guidelines for understanding all the various necklace lengths out there.


Necklace Length Guide for Women

The jewelry industry has standard necklace lengths that are measured in inches. A standard chain length is usually 16 to 20 inches, which means that it sits just between the base of the throat and the collarbone. However, the correct length for you is based on your personal taste, there are no “rules.” At Ecksand, we love the idea of layering multiple necklaces together.

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Necklace Length Guide for Children

When buying a necklace for a child, the typical rule is 14 to 16 inches. However, because children are growing this range can fluctuate quite a bit. If you are looking to spend a bit more money on a piece for a child that they will be able to wear into adulthood, it might be wise to opt for a longer piece. We love the Butterfly Diamond Necklace because of its youthful transition.

Necklace Length Guide for Men

Usually, a men’s necklace is 18 – 20 inches in length. This length is typically for a necklace that will lie directly on the collarbone. If a man is wearing his shirt slightly open, the necklace can sit comfortably on the collarbone and be seen easily. If he is wearing a small pendant or medallion, the chain can be a touch longer for dramatic effect.

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Necklace Length Guide for Pearls

The classic pearl necklace has its own rule book for sizing. A formal pearl necklace is meant to fit in a very specific way. It should fit above the collarbone or directly below the neckline. That being said, long pearl strands wrapped together are an also stylish option and are often seen in opera and rope necklace lengths. You can also opt for a more modern gold necklace with a single pearl.

Choosing your necklace’s length all comes down to personal preference. While there are guidelines for buying a necklace for men, women, and children, you don’t have to follow them! Some people like their pieces a little longer or prefer more of a choker style. Whatever your necklace style, Ecksand has a piece for you. 

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