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Shopping for a Necklace as Christmas gift? Points to consider for choosing the perfect length for your recipient.

Are you looking to purchase a necklace for that special someone on your list? A gift of a necklace is a thoughtful and personal gift. Here are some things to consider to help you choose the perfect necklace for your recipient.
First of all, different lengths are appropriate for different occasions, so consider the style of the necklace  to determine where the necklace is most likely to be worn (casual occasion or dressy occasion).
Second, consider the attributes of the person for whom you are purchasing the necklace. In general, a longer necklace tends to accentuate the bust while a shorter necklace accentuates the neck. If your recipient has a thicker neck then perhaps she would feel more comfortable drawing the attention away from her neck by wearing a longer length.
Another factor to keep in mind is the neckline of the garment she might wear with the necklace. If she wears open neck or v-neck lines then having the necklace sit in the open chest space created by the garment would be perfect but if she is more likely to wear a higher neckline such as a turtleneck then a longer necklace would be better suited for this neckline.
Here is a list of the common lengths of necklaces and some information about each of the lengths:

Collar style:  12 to 13 inches in length and lies in the middle of the neck, often has 2 or 3 strands. An elegant  look that works well with boat neck, v-neck or off the shoulder garments. Can be worn for dressy occasions or casually with a pair of jeans.

Choker Style: 14 to 16 inches in length and is the most classic and versatile length as it goes with most necklines. Can be single or multistrand and can be worn dressy or casual. Also a good choice for a child's necklace as it provides room for growth.



Princess Style: 17 to 19 inches is also a popular length as it works equally well with crew neck or high necklines as well as plunging necklines.

Princess Style

Matinee Style: 20-24 inches in length is great for higher necklines and is well suited for business wear or casual wear.
Matinee Style


Opera Style: 28-34 inches in length and is versatile in that it can be worn as an elegant single strand for higher necklines or doubled upon itself can be worn as a 2 strand choker suitable for open necklines.

Opera Style


Rope Style: over 45 inches in length and is sexy and elegant while drawing attention to your curves. Versatile as well, it can be doubled or tripled to achieve shorter lengths.

Rope style worn tripled

I invite you to leave a comment and tell me what length of necklace is your personal favourite and why it is your favourite.

2 comments:

Jacqueline Gikow said...

Denise - funny. I was just writing you an email when yours came to me - I'll finish it after I do this comment.

I think you did a great job on your post. I've been trying to think about a post that's focused on the buyer too, but haven't come up with a topic yet.

You should promote it to non-jewelers if you can - submit it to Handmadeology if you get that email daily. (Google it if you don't)

The information is helpful to buyers. When I worked for the craft gallery, we were always working with the buyers who were looking for specific length necklaces.

Deborah said...

What an informative post!
Im sure this will be helpful to all those who are doing their Christmas shopping and dont know what length or style to choose.
I recognize Karlys neck with one of your beauty necklaces on it!

Deborah xoxoxoxo