Artisan necklaces come in a wide variety of lengths. Not all of them strictly follow jewelry industry standards described below. That being said, today’s fashion trends make choosing an Artisan necklace, in the right length for you, a matter of personal taste.
Collar necklaces are between 12 and 13 inches in length (not pictured). Necklaces of this length will fit snuggly around the center of the neck. Collar necklaces are often made up of three or more strands. They are an ideal accessory when wearing off the shoulder or low v-neck tops and blouses.
A choker necklace is usually between 14 and 16 inches long. This is a very traditional and versatile length. It can compliment almost any outfit and neckline. In addition, a choker necklace can be easily dressed up or down, depending on what it’s paired with.
Anything longer than 16 inches is generally classified as a long necklace.
The princess necklace is typically between 17 and 19 inches long. This is the most common length for a necklace, with the end falling right at the collarbone. This length works well for low cut and crew necklines. This is the length you would be well advised to purchase if you’re undecided about which length will work best for you.
The matinee necklace is between 20 and 24 inches long. This length necklace works well for business or casual attire. It exudes confidence and sophistication. This length usually works best with a higher neckline.
The opera necklace is a lengthy 25 to 30 inches long. This length is traditionally worn with formal wear, however, it seems that anything goes in fashion these days. Additionally, because of it length this necklace can be worn is several ways. It can be worn as a single strand, or doubled to create a two-strand choker. It can also be tied in a knot around the bust line to portray a more vintage look.
A rope necklace is typically 36 inches or longer. This necklace can be worn as a single strand or doubled for a two-strand choker. It can usually be tripled to create a three-strand choker as well. A rope necklace may be knotted at the bust, or even worn backwards to compliment a backless number. Rope necklaces are often made with several clasps. The multiple clasps allow the rope to be broken down into separate combinations. It is often worn as a necklace and bracelet.
A lariat necklace is 48 inches or longer. This type of necklace may be unattached at the ends to allow the wearer to knot or wrap it in whatever manner suits them.
Some necklaces have adjustable lengths. They have extra links near the clasp that can be used to adjust the length of the necklace. These necklaces are good for people who are not sure which length is right for them, or if you are giving the necklace as jewelry.
When shopping for a specific length necklace you should ask if the clasp is included in the measurement. This is particularly important if you are buying the necklace online or through a catalog where you cannot try it on first. The clasp will generally add from half of an inch to a full inch or more, so it’s important to know if it is included in the overall measurement.
Keep in mind, necklaces hang differently on different body types. The ideal way to determine which length necklace works best for you is to try on different lengths to see how they look on you. Alternatively, if you have a favorite necklace that you know looks good on you, you can measure it and use that measurement as a basis for your buying decision.