When purchasing a necklace for yourself or as a gift, choosing the right length is crucial. Below is a guide to common necklace lengths in the industry.
Choker or Collar Length- typically between 13-16 inches. Chokers or collars fall just above the collarbone. The length will depend on the neck diameter of the individual, and extenders can be a good addition to get a comfortable fit.
Princess Length- between 17-19 inches. Princess length necklaces are very common, and fall below the collarbone.
Matinee Length- 20-24 inches. Matinee length necklaces fall onto the chest, and are perfect for large pendants or other focal pieces.
Opera Length- 28-32 inches. Opera length necklaces drape onto the torso. Longer chains or pieces with texture make great opera length necklaces, but anything delicate or fragile should be avoided; because of the longer length the necklaces may swing into things and be damaged.
Ropes and Lariats- 40 inches or longer. Ropes and lariats are very versatile- they can be worn at their full length, or wrapped around the neck to create a layered, shorter look.
In ancient Greece, opal was believed to give the wearer the power of foresight. The Romans revered opal as the symbol of hope and purity, and believed it could protect from disease. The Ancient Arabs believed it came from heaven, and that it acquired the play of color from flashes of lightning. In the Middle Ages, opal was thought to be beneficial for eyesight, some people even believed it could render the wearer invisible.
Opal can be used in many jewelry pieces such as rings, earrings, pendants and more. It is also a wedding anniversary gemstone given as gifts on the 14th and 18th anniversary.
Opal Care and Tips:
Solid opal should be cleaned gently with mild detergent in warm water and a soft toothbrush or cloth. Avoid bleach, chemicals and cleaners. Doublets & triplets may be wiped with a damp soft cloth and mild detergent, but should never be soaked or immersed.
Contrary to popular belief, storing an opal in oil or glycerin is not recommended. It is unlikely to damage the opal, but it is unnecessary and requires tedious cleaning.
Never allow anyone to clean your opal in an ultrasonic cleaner, as the intense vibrations may cause cracking in a solid opal, and water penetration in a doublet or triplet.
If your stone loses its shine or becomes scratched, bring it back to an opal cutter. After years of wear, small scratches and scuff marks cause an opal to lose its shiny polish and become dull looking. Professional polishing can bring new life to an opal which has become dull or scratched, and we can also check for prong damage and ensure the security of the setting.