How do I know what length of chain to buy?
We're often asked this question.
If you already have a chain or necklace of the right length that you can measure, then life's peachy!
If you don't then use a length of string or wool to wrap round your neck down to the point to which you want the chain to fall. Don't stretch the wool too much or your measurement will come up short.
If you are using the chain to hang a pendant, consider first where you want to postion the pendant. Is it to be a choker, worn traditionally at mid chest or long and low?
Thread the string or wool through the pendant bale and position it, using the string around your neck, where you want to wear it. Measure the length of the string and this is the chain length to buy.
Remember the quoted length of the chain is the entire length including the clasp. You don't have to guess the clasp length and subtract it from the measurement you've just taken.
If you're buying a substantial chain such as our 6mm rope chain, 8mm ball chain, 8mm crystal mesh necklace or 9mm wheat chain you'll need a slightly longer chain to allow for the thicker circumference.
As a rule of thumb, the 16" and 18" lengths are the ones that suit most women who want a chain to position the pendant at mid chest.
If you're buying for a man and can't subject him to the string test, his collar size is a good indication of the size of the base of his neck. Add inches to this depending on how high or low on his chest you want the chain to rest.
Although not foolproof, as a general rule of thumb, add 2" to collar size for a high collar bone position, 4" for high chest and 6" for mid chest.
Our collection of chains is comprehensive and offers lengths from 14" to 40" so there's a perfect length just waiting for you.Here are some of the favourites!