Do you want to buy a necklace but aren’t sure what size to get? Here’s how to measure necklace length so you get precisely what you’re looking for…

If you already own a necklace in the desired length, the solution is simple. Take the necklace, set it flat, and use a ruler to measure it.

Alternatively, wrap a length of thread around your neck and draw it down to a point where it will hang with a pendant or centerpiece. Hold the thread in the location where you want the necklace to rest on your chest. Remember that the droplet or centerpiece will dangle below this point, so measure the length of the chain you desire, not the bottom of the whole necklace. The majority of Sundrop Jewelry’s pendants and necklaces dangle between 1″ and 2.5″ below the chain’s bottom.

Cut the thread (or just hold it in place with your fingers), lay it straight, and measure it using a ruler. Round that amounts up to the closest necklace length available for the style you’re considering. (If you have a particular length in mind that isn’t shown, send me an email and I’ll be glad to accommodate!)

There are many things to consider while choosing the length of a necklace. What type of neckline will you pair it with? Turtleneck? Scoop? Wide? V-Plunge? If you want to wear the necklace on the outside of the collar of a turtleneck or other collared garment, a longer chain will be required in order for the necklace to hang in the same place. Are you buying anything for a particular outfit? You should generally avoid a length that leaves the necklace barely overlapping the neckline since this will cause the necklace to scrape against the edge and not hang straight. Instead, choose a chain that is somewhat longer or shorter.

There are so many things to think about! What is your ideal necklace length? Do you vary the size based on the necklace design, or do you always receive the same size? Or do you use a necklace extender to make your jewelry fit perfectly with any outfit? Please let me know; I’d love to hear what you’re looking for.

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