Your Simple Guide to Choosing the Right Necklace Length

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With all the options available, finding your perfect necklace can be easy — but finding the right necklace length is much more challenging. 

Finding the perfect necklace length can transform an outfit from ordinary to extraordinary, accentuating your style and enhancing your natural beauty. Whether you're layering multiple pieces for a chic, modern look or selecting a statement piece for a special occasion, the right length can make all the difference. 

In this guide, we'll explore various necklace lengths, consider how they complement different necklines and body types, and provide tips to help you choose the perfect fit for every occasion, ensuring you always make a dazzling impression. 



When choosing the correct necklace length, there are a few key factors to consider: 

The width of your neck

Measuring the width of your neck will help you decide which necklace length looks the best on you — generally, people with wider necks like a longer length for a comfortable fit. However, people with narrower necks may prefer shorter lengths.  

The shape of your face 

Necklaces can also enhance your favorite facial features, so you want to make sure that the length complements your face shape, whether it's rounder or more oval.


Your body type 

People's gaze will gravitate to the part of your body where the necklace rests. Therefore, the right necklace length is essential when it comes to drawing attention to a specific part of your body.

Consider your height and body type before making your purchase; longer necklaces may suit people with taller frames or smaller busts, whereas short lengths will look proportionate to shorter frames. 

What is comfortable for you

Your comfort is just as important as your body type. Where your necklace sits should be comfortable, flattering, and not get in the way of your day-to-day activities. 


Your personal style

Your styling preferences greatly influence the length of the necklace you choose. If you like to layer multiple pieces, for example, it's best to opt for a length completely different from one you already have. The neckline of your outfit is also important, as your necklace should complement it rather than interfere.  

For more guidance on styling your pieces, read our blog on how to layer your necklaces.


Molte necklaces

Most people tend to choose between 16 and 22 inches for their necklaces. However, there are plenty of other options to choose from for more styling opportunities. Use the size guide below to determine the right length for you – but be mindful that your body measurements could alter where each one sits on you. 

14": For most people, a 14-inch necklace works as a choker and can be easily styled by itself or using longer necklaces and chains.  

16": As 14 inches is considered a choker, a 16-inch necklace is arguably the shortest necklace you can choose. It tends to sit just above the collarbone.

Pearl Necklace 

18": 18 inches is generally the most popular necklace length for people, particularly women. It mostly falls onto the collarbone and is the ideal length for most outfits.

20": 20-inch necklaces sit just below the collarbone and pair well with tops and dresses with higher necklines, complementing them beautifully.

22": Like a 20-inch chain, 22-inch necklaces suit higher necklines extremely well and tend to sit at the start of your bust, depending on your body type.

Baroque Pearl Necklace 

24": Typically the longest length for women, a 24-inch necklace falls below the bust and makes for another excellent layering piece.


To measure the perfect necklace length you just need a tape measure, and one way to measure your desired length is to use a necklace you already have. Lay your favourite piece out flat and measure it, then use that measurement to find your next piece.

Alternatively, wrap the tape measure around your neck and note your measurement, then add two inches (or more) to find your ideal choker or necklace length.


Gold necklaces

Here, we answer some common questions about choosing the right necklace length. 

Does necklace length make a difference? 

Absolutely! The length determines where it will sit on your neckline and influences whether it goes with (or against) your chosen outfit. Choosing your length wisely is best so it falls comfortably and looks flattering. 

What is the standard necklace length? 

A standard necklace can be anywhere between 16 and 22 inches in length. These measurements accommodate various heights and body types and can suit multiple outfits. Generally, a necklace between 16 and 18 inches works well for everyday wear.

Layered necklaces

What is the best length for a chain and pendant?

For most people, a 16–18-inch necklace allows for a pendant to sit just below the collarbone, which is a comfortable length for many. However, the choice depends entirely on your style preferences. 

Should you wear more than one necklace of the same length? 

To prevent tangling and damage, we recommend layering necklaces of different lengths. This keeps them apart and allows them to have their own time in the spotlight. 


Gemporia Necklaces

At Gemporia, we have an extensive range of necklaces, chains and pendants in different styles and designs, all of which include precious metals and genuine, natural gemstones. Explore our full range to find your perfect piece.

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