Are you speaking about necklace?! There are six customary jewellery necklace lengths, each with their own name and history. These were developed in accordance with strict etiquette rules on which certain styles of necklace could be worn. Of course, we say rule was intended to be broken.
The length of a collar necklace is typically 12”-13”. These sit snugly on the center of the neck and are often made up of more than one strand. Collar necklaces developed in popularity during Victorian times and were most commonly worn in pearls or valuable diamonds.
Chokers are necklaces between 14”-16”. They’re designed to lie at the base of the neck and work well with almost any type of neckline. They can be especially complimenting for women as they make an awesome showing with regards softening the jawline.
Princess length necklaces are usually between 17”-19”. Most pendants are worn on chains of this length. They tend to be the most flattering length for this purpose as the base of the chain sits just underneath the collarbone. Many jewelry experts consider 18” the perfect necklace length!
Matinee length necklaces are between 20”-24”. They can also be worn with pendents, however this can be less flattering as base of the chain usually ends at the cleavage. This length is intended to be more formal than princess length but not quite as extravagant as longer opera or rope styles.
A necklace is described as opera length at anything from 25”-38”. This is a flexible length as it can be worn since a long time ago, doubled over or knotted. This length would generally have been worn with evening wear, perhaps for a trip to the opera.
Rope necklaces are anything over 38”. This is a super-extravagant length and would once have been a signal that you, or your admirer, were rich enough to afford it. Just like opera length necklaces, ropes can be worn long and proud, doubled or tripled over, or knotted. They’re also popularly worn as a choker at the front and long and knotted at the back.
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