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How to Measure Necklace Size (With Size Chart)

on Jan 10, 2024

Necklaces are versatile accessories that can enhance any outfit. To find the perfect necklace length, measure around the base of your neck. A 16" chain usually fits most, but consider your neckline and body type. Use a necklace size chart to compare sizes. Custom necklaces from stores like Icecartel allow you to get the exact length and style you want.

Why Measuring Necklace Size is Important

Before you buy or wear a necklace, you need to know how to measure its size. Measuring necklace size is important for two main reasons:

Your Style and Personality

The size of your necklace can affect how it looks on you and how it expresses your style and personality. Different necklace lengths can create different effects, such as highlighting your face, accentuating your neckline, or drawing attention to your chest.

For example, a choker necklace can make your neck look longer and slimmer, while a long necklace can add some drama and movement to your outfit. Depending on your mood, occasion, and preference, you can choose a necklace size that suits your style and personality.

If you're looking for cuban link chain in particular then read our article: "What size Cuban link chain should I get?"

Necklace for Different Body Types

Another reason why measuring necklace size is important is that it can help you find the best necklace for your body type. Different body types have different proportions, shapes, and features that can affect how a necklace looks on them. 

For example, if you have a round or square face, you might want to avoid wearing a necklace that ends at your chin or collarbone, as it can make your face look wider. Instead, you might want to opt for a necklace that falls below your bust or at your navel, as it can elongate your face and balance your features. 

Similarly, if you have a large bust, you might want to avoid wearing a necklace that rests on your chest, as it can draw unwanted attention to your bust. Instead, you might want to choose a necklace that falls above or below your bust, as it can create a more flattering and harmonious look.

If you're a man looking for the best men's necklace size, then jump to our article directed to men: "Mens Chain Size Guide".

How to Measure Your Necklace Size

Now that you know why measuring necklace size is important, let’s see how to do it. There are three main steps to measure your necklace size:

Measure Your Neck Size

The first step to measure your necklace size is to measure your neck size. This is the circumference of your neck, measured at the base of your neck or where you want your necklace to sit. To measure your neck size, you will need a flexible measuring tape or a simple string and a ruler. Here is how to do it:

  • Wrap the measuring tape or the string around your neck, making sure it is not too tight or too loose.
  • Mark the point where the tape or the string meets itself.
  • If you are using a string, lay it flat on a ruler and measure the length from the end to the mark.
  • Write down your neck size in inches or centimeters.

Necklace Length and Body Type

The second step to measure your necklace size is to determine the necklace length that works best for your body type. As we mentioned earlier, different necklace lengths can create different effects on different body types. To find the ideal necklace length for your body type, you can use the following guidelines:

  • If you have a petite body type, you might want to choose a necklace that is 16 inches (40 cm) or shorter, as it can make you look taller and more proportionate.
  • If you have an average body type, you might want to choose a necklace that is 18 inches (45 cm) or longer, as it can complement your height and shape.
  • If you have a tall body type, you might want to choose a necklace that is 20 inches (50 cm) or longer, as it can add some dimension and interest to your look.

Of course, these are just general suggestions, and you can always experiment with different necklace lengths to find what works best for you.

Measure the Size of Your Necklace

Measure the size of your necklace

The third and final step to measure your necklace size is to measure the size of your necklace. This is the length of your necklace from end to end, including the clasp. To measure the size of your necklace, you will need a flexible measuring tape or a simple string and a ruler. Here is how to do it:

  • Lay your necklace flat on a table or a surface.
  • Stretch the measuring tape or the string along the length of your necklace, from the clasp to the end.
  • Mark the point where the tape or the string reaches the end of your necklace.
  • If you are using a string, lay it flat on a ruler and measure the length from the end to the mark.
  • Write down your necklace size in inches or centimeters.

Different Ways to Measure Your Necklace Size

There are two main ways to measure your necklace size: tape measuring and simple string measuring. We have already explained how to use these methods in the previous section, but here is a quick recap:

Tape Measuring

Tape measuring is the easiest and most accurate way to measure your necklace size. All you need is a flexible measuring tape that can wrap around your neck and your necklace. You can use the tape to measure both your neck size and your necklace size, as we described above.

Tape can also be used to measure your wrist size, read our guide!

Simple String Measuring

Simple string measuring is another way to measure your necklace size, especially if you don’t have a measuring tape handy. All you need is a simple string that can wrap around your neck and your necklace, and a ruler to measure the length of the string. You can use the string to measure both your neck size and your necklace size, as we explained above.

Necklace Size Chart necklace size chart men womenTo help you compare different necklace sizes and see how they look on different body types, we have created a necklace size chart that you can use as a reference. The chart shows the common necklace lengths in inches and centimeters, and how they fall on different body types. You can use the chart to find the necklace size that matches your neck size and your desired necklace length.

Icecartel’s Custom Necklaces

At Icecartel, we create one-of-a-kind personalized jewelry. Our customizable pendants and chains let you design pieces that express your individuality.

Pendants can feature engraved initials, names, or symbols meaningful to you. Luxurious materials like moissanite diamonds and 14/18k gold ensure our quality craftsmanship. Chains also provide options to match your style, from classic Figaros and Cubans to specialty infinity and cross designs. Personalize metal tones, lengths, and widths.

With our bespoke jewelry, every customized detail reflects you. Our pendants and chains celebrate self-expression through exquisite, tailored artistry. Wear jewelry as unique as your story. Check out some examples below.

8MM Moissanite Cuban Link Chain/Bracelet Bundle 14K Gold (icecartel.com)

8MM moissanite cuban link chain / bracelet bundle
This exclusive 8MM Cuban Link Chain and Bracelet bundle can be customized so that it will have your name on the clasp, covered with diamonds.
Moissanite Baguette Cross Custom Link Chain 14k Gold (icecartel.com)

15MM cross link cuban link chain

Indulge in luxury with Icecartel's $1,887 Moissanite Baguette Cross Chain in 14k Gold. Crafted for durability, this piece features VVS D-color moissanite stones and comes with a GRA Certificate. Customize your order and enjoy affordable elegance.

Conclusion

Measuring necklace size and finding the perfect fit is key to making the most of your necklaces. We covered how to measure, choose the right length, and use size charts. Icecartel offers custom designs for every taste. Visit their website to explore amazing custom necklaces. We hope you found this article on measuring and shopping for necklaces helpful. Happy necklace shopping!

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    Author: Joosep Seitam
    Author: Joosep Seitam
    Joosep was born in Tallinn, Estonia - a small country in northern Europe. He is an entrepreneur and one of the co-founders of Icecartel. Joosep has been in the jewelry industry since 2019, the year when he started the brand from scratch. During these years, Joosep has learned everything there is about the jewelry industry and he's here to share it all!
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    Author: Joosep Seitam
    Author: Joosep Seitam
    Joosep was born in Tallinn, Estonia - a small country in northern Europe. He is an entrepreneur and one of the co-founders of Icecartel. Joosep has been in the jewelry industry since 2019, the year when he started the brand from scratch. During these years, Joosep has learned everything there is about the jewelry industry and he's here to share it all!

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