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.