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Necklace Sizes

A necklace is defined as an ornamental chain or string of beads, jewels, or links worn around one’s neck. Women’s necklaces are often classified by length. Everyone’s neck varies, so a standard size may be larger or smaller on your actual body. The following list gives a name and brief description to each length:



  • Collar: The collar necklace lies snugly around the middle of the neck. It is generally 30 centimetres (12 inches) to 33 centimetres (13 inches) long.
  • Choker: A choker necklace is defined as 35 centimetres (14 inches) to 41 centimetres (16 inches) in length, and sits tightly around the base of the neck.
  • Princess: A princess necklace is 45 centimetres (18 inches) to 50 centimetres (20 inches) long. This is the classic length for a necklace, and it should sit on the collarbone.
  • Matinee: The matinee necklace length is 56 centimetres (22 inches) to 58 centimetres (23 inches). It is typically a single strand that rests at the top of the bust.
  • Opera: An opera necklace is 75 centimetres (30 inches) to 90 centimetres (35 inches) long and sits at the breastbone – an inch or two below the bust.
  • Rope: A rope necklace is generally 91 centimetres (36 inches) in length, or longer.
  • Lariat: A lariat is a very very long necklace, without a clasp, that is often draped around the neck multiple times.



In general, when buying a necklace, one should consider face shape, neck size (height and width), body type and clothing preferences, but most importantly, one should love the piece and wear it with confidence and style.

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