Measuring Necklace or Chain Length
When deciding on your desired length, think about where you want your pendant or charm to hit.
If you have an existing necklace you like, measure the chain and use that measurement. If not, measure by taking a string, wrapping it around your neck and choosing where you want your necklace to sit on your chest. Then take the string and measure the length in inches.
Necklace lengths are generally measured from the hollow at the base of the throat. If your neck measures 13” inches, a 16” inch necklace will drape about 1 ½ inches below the base of the throat.
For petite women, the 16” inch size will fall where the 18“ is shown in the picture. For an average build, the 18” inch necklace should fall just below the neckline and the 20” inch necklace drapes below the collarbone.
The seven categories of necklace lengths are below for your reference.
Collar (12"-13") Collar lengths lie up on the neck and go well with boat necks, V-necks and off-the-shoulder tops. Although collars are worn with casual wear, they are typically worn for special occassions.
Choker (14"-16") If you don’t like the snugness of a collar, consider the choker length which falls just above the collarbone. Chokers can be single or multi-stranded, and can go with practically any outfit, casual or fancy.
Princess (17”-19”) The Princess length is the most popular length and drapes just over the collar bone. It is perfect for pendant necklaces and seen in graduated strands. You want to be sure that your neckline is either collared so the necklace can lie below it, or your neckline is lower so the necklace clears it.
Matinee (20”-24”) The Matinee drapes on the chest and is a good choice for office or casual wear. A simple top with either a high or very low neckline works best.
Opera (28”-34”) This length adds elegance and draws attention down away from the neck. Better for higher necklines
Ropes (Over45”) Ropes are very long necklaces that evoke images of Coco Chanel, a woman definitely on the cutting edge. Ropes can be wrapped to make a 2 or more strand choker.
Lariats (Over45”) Lariats are increasing in popularity. The ends are unattached allowing for versatility in tying. Lariats are now being made in shorter versions.
Rings are one of those jewelry pieces that don’t leave much room for error in sizing. A half size too small or a half size too big can be the difference between a ring that won't go over your knuckle versus a ring that is too loose.
Below, you’ll find our best tips & tools that will help you find the correct ring size for every one of your fingers. We want your ring to arrive a "perfect fit"!
How to Find Your Ring Size/s
When determining your ring size/s you have a few options. If you have the time, we definitely recommend our first option below. It's going to give you the most accurate and reliable results. If you are short on time or just don't want to leave the house (and who wants to put on pants? not us that's who!) we've got you covered!
FIND A LOCAL JEWELER (most accurate & reliable)
- Like we said, this option is the most accurate because jewelers in the United States use the same standard sizes. Don't worry if you’re out of the US, your local jeweler should have a sizing conversion chart to standard US ring sizing.
- PRO-TIP: Any jeweler including jewelry stores at the mall will size your fingers for you, free!
USE A PLASTIC RING SIZER (most accurate at home method)
- We've got plastic ring sizers here, which you can reuse or better yet, pass it on to a friend. Don't let your bestie live a life without knowing their ring size!
- PRO-TIP: Be sure to read the instructions, it makes a big difference.
Use Our Printable "Ring Sizer Tool" (fairly good results - see below)
- Print out our printable ring sizer tool here.
- Print it out and double-check the ruler on the printout against a physical ruler. If it doesn't match, be sure your printer is set to print at 100%.
There are 2 methods for finding your ring size with this sheet.
- 1: Cut the paper ring slider out of the sheet, use for measurement.
- 2: Take a ring you know fits well and match it to the ring size circles on the sheet. For the most accurate sizing with this method, the inner edge of the circle on the paper should be just visible inside your ring (not hidden directly beneath the metal).
Printable's and Accuracy: Simply put, the paper method has more room for error because paper templates can be subject to misprinting, slipping, crumpling, and misreading, but if you are careful, they should give you a fairly good idea of your size/s.
There are a variety of ring sizers, ring size charts and other tools to measure your ring size at home. Purchasing a ring sizer online is convenient and accurate will only set you back a few dollars. We sell them for $1.00 here. If you end up buying a ring from us, we credit back the entire purchase price of your sizer including shipping.
You can also use our printable ring sizer.
Printable ring sizer:
This ring size method is based on the inside diameter measurement of a ring that fits the fourth finger of the left hand.
- Print the the ring size chart. To make sure it's printed to actual size, choose "Scale 100" when selecting your print options.
- Place the ring over the circles, lining up the inside edges of the ring to the circle that best matches on the ring size chart. If the ring is in between two sizes, choose the larger ring size.
Printable paper strip sizer:
This ring size method uses a tape measure approach with specific ring metrics.
- Print the ring sizer, making sure that it is printed to actual size.
- Cut out the ring sizer and open the slot where marked.
- With the numbers facing out, slip the tip of the ring sizer through the slot.
- Place the sizer on your ring finger and carefully pull taut to read the finger size.
While the printable ring size methods is fast, convenient and free, there may be accuracy discrepancies due to things such as printer settings.
How to measure your wrist for a bracelet:
Wrap the tape measure around the wrist on which you plan to wear your bracelet. Make a note of the number at the point where the tape meets the 0. To ensure the bracelet fits comfortably, add 1.5 cm. You can then add or subtract centimeters according to whether you prefer a loose, exact or tight fit.