Choosing the right necklace length is an easy and effective way to frame your face. To help your next necklace purchase, lets see how different necklace lengths fall on the average female body

Standard Necklace Lengths for Women:
Necklace chains for women typically range from 10 to 48 inches and anywhere in between. Although some necklaces are sold in odd-inch lengths, most women’s necklaces are sold in even-inch lengths. The following are the most commonly sold necklace lengths and where they fall on the average female body:

Necklace Length

Position on the Body

10 to 14 inches

Wraps closely around the neck

16 inches

Wraps loosely around the neck

18 inches

Sits on the collarbone

20 inches

Sits just below the collarbone

22 inches

Lays at or above the top of the bust

24 inches

Lays at or just below the center of the bust

28 to 38 inches

Hangs below the bust

40 inches and above

Hangs below the navel

Factors to Consider Before Buying Short Necklaces:
Depending on your neck size, 10- to 14-inch necklaces wrap very closely around the neck. These necklaces may also be referred to as collar necklaces. If you want your necklace to sit at the neck, but with a looser fit, consider purchasing a 16-inch necklace, which typically sits just above the collarbone. These necklaces are sometimes referred to as chokers.

Eighteen inch necklaces are the most common necklace length and are often referred to as princess necklaces and sit at the collarbone. Even though 18-inch necklaces are longer than collars or chokers, they will still appear to sit quite close to the neck. Pendants attached to 18-inch necklaces will typically lie above the breastbone. If you want a necklace that sits just below the collarbone, but above the neckline, consider a 20-inch necklace. The 20-inch necklace length is common for many chains, strands, and lockets. Twenty-inch necklaces are also known as a matinee. Twenty-two-inch necklaces sit at or just above the top of the bust. This necklace length may also be called a matinee. In fact, a matinee necklace may range anywhere from 20 to 24 inches in length. A 24-inch matinee will typically lay at or just below the centre of the bust.

Factors to Consider Before Buying Long Necklaces:
Twenty-eight to 34-inch necklaces hang at or below the bust. These necklaces may be wrapped around the neck twice to form a double strand. A necklace of 30 inches in length is commonly referred to as an opera necklace, and a necklace of 36 inches in length is commonly referred to as a rope or lariat necklace. A rope necklace is typically a long strand of beads without a clasp, whereas a lariat is simply used to describe a long necklace, beads or otherwise, with a clasp.

Necklaces 40 inches and longer will hang at or below the navel and are often wrapped two or three times around the neck to form a shorter, layered effect. Necklaces measuring more than 48 inches long may be wrapped or knotted around the neck without a clasp.