How To Choose The Right Necklace Length For Practical Style

How To Choose The Right Necklace Length For Practical Style

How To Choose The Right Necklace Length For Practical Style

The holiday season is upon us and one of the most popular gifts for women are name necklaces, diamond pendant necklaces and diamond tennis necklaces. Unlike with ring sizes, the length of a necklace can be subjective and particularly tricky, especially for gifting. 

When choosing a necklace online, you’ll often be given the option of popular sizes such as 16 inch necklaces, 18 inches, 20 inches and 22 inches. So how do you choose?

Diamond Tennis Necklaces

The length of a diamond tennis necklace will not only differ in appearance and style, but also in price! As there are diamonds all along the necklace, the longer it is, the more diamond carat weight you’ll need and the more it’ll cost.

If you’re going for a particularly bold piece, then you can go for something longer, but for most women, the ideal sizes are going to be 14 inches, which is like a choker style necklace, and 16 inch necklaces. 

The model below is wearing a 14 inch, 3 carat tennis necklace and a 16 inch, 5 carat tennis necklace as well as a 16 inch necklace chain. The shorter lengths work particularly well with short or tied up hair and clothes with a higher neckline as well as more open or lower cuts.

Diamond Pendant Chain Necklaces

With chain necklaces the length will be very subjective depending on the neck size, chest and overall style. The most common sizes are 16” and 18” necklaces as they will fit most necks and will fall just above the chest, even with a pendant attached. For everyday wear, they’re also the most practical for most outfits.

If you prefer to have the necklace or pendant worn lower on the chest, then the 20” to 24” options will be your sweet spot. 

Diamond pendant necklace

Adjustable Necklaces

Adjustable necklaces offer an extra level of versatility at no extra cost. The small hoop a few inches from the end of the chain allows for the fishlock to be attached at different lengths. Ideally you don’t want to have too many options or a long piece of extra chain at the back, for comfort. So adjustable necklaces from 16 inches to 18 inches are the perfect balance between aesthetics and comfort.

In addition, you’ll want to make sure that your adjustable necklace doesn’t easily break or get caught in your hair, especially when wearing the shorter length.

Layering Different Necklace Lengths and Styles

Layering necklaces represents a captivating and versatile jewelry trend that offers a myriad of styling opportunities. As a woman and a seasoned jewelry designer, I've witnessed the transformative power of this practice in elevating one's fashion ensemble.

To effectively master the art of necklace layering, it's essential to establish a strong foundation. Begin with a delicate choker or a shorter necklace that gracefully encircles the neck. This initial piece sets the stage for the layers to come.

The key lies in achieving a harmonious balance. Gradually introduce longer necklaces, ensuring they don't compete for attention but instead work in harmony to enhance your overall look. Don't hesitate to mix textures, metals, and pendant sizes to add depth and intrigue to your ensemble.

Whether you're drawn to the bohemian charm of beaded necklaces or the timeless elegance of dainty chains, necklace layering allows you to express your unique style. It serves as a canvas to display meaningful pendants, initials, or gemstones, infusing your jewelry with personal significance.

By thoughtfully combining necklaces, you can effortlessly elevate any outfit and make a memorable fashion statement. Layering offers a world of possibilities, making it a trend worth exploring for those seeking to infuse sophistication and flair into their everyday style.

Caring & Storing Your Necklaces

Caring for necklaces of varying lengths requires a delicate touch and some strategic techniques. Each length demands specific attention to ensure longevity and prevent tangling.

For shorter necklaces, like chokers and 16-inch styles, it's essential to store them individually to avoid knots and kinks. Laying them flat or hanging them on small hooks can help maintain their shape.

Mid-length necklaces, such as 18 to 20 inches, require slightly more care. To prevent tangling, store them in a way that allows each piece to have its space. Using a jewelry box with compartments or a hanging organizer can keep them tangle-free.

Long necklaces, typically 24 inches or longer, are prone to tangling due to their length. Storing them in a flat, untangled manner is crucial. Consider hanging them vertically or using a jewelry roll to keep them separated.

Regardless of the length, cleaning necklaces regularly with a soft cloth and avoiding contact with harsh chemicals or perfumes will help preserve their beauty. With proper care, necklaces of all lengths can remain stunning additions to your jewelry collection.

By Shiree Odiz

Founder & Head Designer