Necklaces come in an array of different lengths, and this can be confusing when you’re looking to buy gemstone beads necklaces. Take the time to consider your options before you make your purchase, and you’ll find it much easier to find what will work best for you! This guide to different necklace lengths should help you choose which length necklace are right for you, your clothing style, and your overall look.

Why It’s Important

Choosing a necklace length is more important than you might think. It can greatly affect how comfortable you are while wearing your piece, as well as what other pieces you can combine it with. Here’s a quick guide on standard beads necklaces lengths, along with information on their best uses. Lightweight - A lightweight necklace should be paired with an equally lightweight garment. These types of necklaces often have beads or sparkles that will show up nicely against sheer fabrics like silk or chiffon. The lighter weight also makes them great for layering over longer styles when they're not worn alone.

The Shortest Length of Necklace

If you want to wear a necklace, but don’t want it dragging on your neckline, choose a shorter length. Necklaces under 16-inches fall into two categories: choker length (14 inches) or standard length (16 inches). This length is best for V-necks, scoop necks and strapless dresses. For some styles, such as halter tops and plunging necklines, a longer length may be more appropriate. The Shortest Length of Necklace should be worn with caution - this type of necklace can easily become tangled with hair, clothing or every type of jewelry made from gemstones.

The Medium Length of Necklaces

The medium necklace length is what we think of when we say traditional length for most necklaces. At 18-20 inches, these are probably your best bet if you have a strong preference in terms of necklace length. These will be elegant no matter what they're paired with - a collared shirt, a t-shirt, or even layered with other shorter chains and pendants.

The Longest Length of Necklaces

Most necklace lengths fall within a range of lengths, but they vary by brand. To get a basic idea of what length is right for you, measure your neck with a cloth measuring tape. The middle point between your collarbone and your chin is typically where your necklace will rest. If you don’t have a cloth measuring tape, it should be about 16-20 inches (40-50 cm) long.


There are so many different types of necklace lengths out there! If you are just starting out making jewelry, I would recommend only choosing a few necklace lengths. Choosing too many may make it difficult for you when creating necklaces. Once you have perfected one or two necklace lengths, then you can add more as your skills progress. The most popular length used is 20 inches, but if that’s not right for your body type we would recommend going with something shorter like a 16 inch or 18 inch. If you are looking to buy top-quality natural gemstone beads for making jewelry then check out our finest selections of stunning beads and gemstones at GemsBiz.

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