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Many people base their desired necklace length solely on their specific preference in chain fit, length, and/or collage of outfits. However, did you know that in many cases, when you choose your necklace based on these factors, you’re actually putting a damper on the jewelry’s natural radiance and craftsmanship? Believe it or not, the chain length has a great deal to do with the overall appearance of the necklace, and can be critical to the quality you get out of your jewelry.
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Listed below are the four main pendant types. These can be found in just about any size for various necklaces, and sometimes in combination with other pendants.
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Take a look at yourself in the mirror when choosing your necklace length. Jewelry is (almost) all about appearance, and the way it looks on you is crucial to the way you feel about it. After all, you aren’t buying a necklace for yourself that looks amazing on your sister, right?
Your neckline, face shape, and body type affect the way necklaces look on you. For example, if you have a wider neck and a shorter body frame, a choker might look something like a dog or cat collar on you, and wearing it will quickly lose its appeal. Likewise, for the more swanlike necks, longer chains will elongate them more, and both your neck and the necklace placement will appear awkward and misshapen.
Take your outfit into consideration. Do you wear primarily low-cut or V-neck tops, or will you be wearing one for a specific event? Then, you will most likely need a 14-inch collar style necklace chain. Looking for a more general-wear, goes-with-everything style? The 16-inch “choker” or an 18-inch “princess” style is probably better suited for you.
As with any major purchase, when in doubt, don’t hesitate to ask questions, research and try on things! If you have something in mind, but not too sure about it, get started by filling out our form below.
Depending on the look and style you are going for, the ideal necklace length for a gemstone solitaire pendant would be around 18 to 36 inches.
Yes! A solitaire diamond pendant can be found in a variety of cuts and shapes and in an assortment of designs.
A 20-inch necklace will usually fall a few inches below your collarbone and is ideal for clothes with a low neckline or an extremely high one.
The most important factor is perhaps the neckline of your outfit. If you’re not sure, which one will look best, simply try on the piece and assess if it complements your outfit and if you’re comfortable with the way it looks, then take a call. For best results, try on multiple pieces with different lengths and pick the one you like the most.
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