Purchasing a new necklace can be exciting, but it is always worth taking your time before buying one to not only consider the look of the pendant, but also the overall look of the chain too.
Not sure where to start when it comes to choosing the right necklace length? Here are some tips to get you started.
Think about your neck size
It is generally recommended that you take the time before buying a necklace to measure your neck. It doesn’t need to take a considerable amount of time, and it could be well worth it.
In terms of how you do a neck measurement, the simplest way of doing it is to use a measuring tape (usually a soft one) and then wrap it closely around the neck.
Once you have your neck measurement, it is recommended to add about four to five inches to that and you will have a good length for a pendant or name necklace.
Take into account your height
A necklace can make or break an outfit: after all, it can be a focal point of everything you are wearing. As a result, you should think about choosing a necklace that will be flattering to your body type: and one of the best ways you can do this is by thinking about your height.
Experts tend to recommend 16 to 20 inch necklace lengths for women who are under 5’4 inches. Long necklaces are generally avoided for shorter women as they tend to overwhelm a more petite frame.
For those who are between 5’4 and 5’7′ you can typically wear any length necklace but a longer chain necklace tends to look better on taller women as they accentuate taller frames.
You have different options in terms of design, whether you go for the modern look or timeless classic. You could look at bespoke jewellery, where the piece is crafted individually for you, or you could restore something old and inherited and make it bespoke in its own way.
If you are looking for diamonds, you will need to consider the 4 C’s of cut, colour, carat and clarity, and having it polished can really bring out the best in your necklace, explains Hatton Garden Diamond.
Have you thought about your body type?
It might also be worth thinking about your body type when deciding on the necklace length of the jewellery you are considering purchasing. Also surprisingly you may find your body is allergic to certain precious metals. Some people find they are allergic to silver or lower karat gold. It is best to find this out before you invest in the right necklace for you, as it will be resting against your skin for a considerable amount of time.
Take into consideration your wardrobe
There is no point picking a necklace that you simply do not see yourself being able to wear with any of the existing clothes you currently have. That’s why when choosing the necklace length, you should look at your wardrobe so that you choose a necklace that is likely to go well with a number of outfits.