When it comes to jewelry, it always comes down to personal choice, so selecting something that suits you and feels comfortable can take some time. Quality jewellers produce superb works, but what suits one person may not suit another. It is the same whether you are thinking about rings, earrings or necklaces. Indeed, it is arguably necklaces where there are the most factors need to be taken into account.
In this article, we will examine the key points that you need to consider when you are purchasing a unique necklace. You will want something that reflects your personality and suits the outfit that you are wearing, especially if it has been purchased for a special occasion. Today, we will focus more on everyday necklaces, but that doesn’t mean that they need to be any less unique.
What are the standard lengths of necklaces for women?
Necklaces are almost always sold in imperial measurements, with sizes going up in even-inch increments. The first point is to establish where they will fall on the lady’s figure. Of course, to keep this straightforward, we are assuming that she has an average body size.
- A 14” necklace is sometimes referred to as a choker and fits tightly around the neck
- A 16” necklace will fall around the collarbone and is the size that looks very different on different sized women. On a larger female, it will fit more like a choker, but on someone with a more petite body, it will sit just below the collarbone
- An 18” necklace is the most popular choice of size and sits beautifully just below the collarbone. It eludes elegance and sophistication
- A 20” necklace falls a little lower than the 18” design
- A 22” necklace will sit around the top of the bust area
Essential points to consider
The objective of wearing a unique necklace is to have an item of jewelry that may be understated but compliments your body. To achieve this, you have to be honest about your own features, including your body type, the shape of your face, height and the size of your neck.
Size of neck
It should go without saying that the size of your neck is a critical factor when choosing a necklace, especially a choker. Measuring your neck is always wise and should be done using a soft tape measure wrapped closely around the neck. If you are choosing a choker, add two inches onto your neck size, and this should feel comfortable, and for a pendant chain, add four inches. Chokers suit people with longer necks.
Height is often something that many women overlook when they are choosing chain, focusing on other factors. However, choosing the right length chain for your body height will flatter your figure. Shorter necklaces, ideally 16 or 20 inches look better on women below 5’4”, anything long may look slightly out of place. Ladies between 5’4 and 5’7” suit any length of necklace while taller women suit longer chains.
Unfortunately, as much as we don’t like to face up to it, our body type is one of the most critical factors when choosing a unique necklace. It is a fact that most peoples, men and women, eye line will be drawn to where the necklace ends. Long, thin chains suit smaller busts, but for ladies with a fuller figure, it is recommended that they select something a little short so that it hangs properly. Any long necklace, one that hangs below the bust will highlight the size of the waistline.
The shape of the face
Finally, we come to the shape of the face. A quality necklace will act as a frame for the face. As such, the objective is to select a chain that will accentuate your strongest features while diverting attention away from those that you may not want to be noticed. Choosing the right necklace can influence how others perceive your face.
Short necklaces should be avoided by ladies with a rounder face as they will emphasise the roundness while ladies with oval faces are lucky enough to be able to wear any necklace and it will complement her features. Anyone with a longer face or sharper features that she may wish to disguise should opt for shorter necklaces, ideally between 16” and 18”. For women with a heart-shaped face would suit a choker or shorter necklace as they help to create the illusion of fullness and can add a sense of balance.