Before you buy a chain, make sure to measure your neck and where you want your necklace to lay. That helps you get the right size chain. The best way to do this is to use a cloth measuring tape used for sewing or a string. Put it on like it's a necklace and place it just where you'd want it. Then measure the string. This will tell you about what length chain you like.
Also, it's 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 a 16 inch neck, you should probably choose a 18 inch chain or longer. An 16 inch chain would feel too tight. Also consider the type of necklace when choosing length. If your necklace doesn’t lie flat on your chest or if there is a heavy pendant. These aspects can both affect how a chain will hang.
- For Men:
For most men's chains, 50 cm (20”) is the average length. This falls at the collar bone between the top two buttons on a shirt and looks good inside or outside the shirt. If you're wearing a pendant necklace, opt for 55-63 cm (22-25”) so the pendant finishes in the middle of your chest.
- For Women:
For women, standard-length necklaces (usually 18") are the most typically worn length and will suit the majority of situations. If you're looking for a pendant or necklace to wear day-to-day, this is likely to be your go-to length. With that said, since we all have unique physiques and personal preferences, there really isn’t necessarily a "standard" size when it comes to jewelry. Some women like to wear different lengths of necklaces 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. Keep your outfits in mind when picking the perfect gold chain.
We have realized that a lot of people struggle to know which bracelet length is the right one for them, so we have created the chart below to help you.
ConclusionA good chain can be a great accent piece for any person. You don't want to be known for a specific piece of jewelry. Mix it up and enjoy expanding your collection from time to time. A few good pendants and a wide selection of cords and chains give you a huge number of possibilities once you start mixing and matching!