Easy Sizing Help for Storm Shadow’s Jewelry necklaces, bracelets & more
When looking at sizes of bracelets or necklaces to buy I make whole and half sizes on bracelets and necklaces. Of which you will see Ladies and Gentlemen’s sizes listed together. You only need to look for your particular size. We have sectioned our necklaces off into Choker, Short, Medium and Long necklaces these lengths depend on the neckline.
Most necklaces are made in sizes from 12-36″ but I am happy to make it smaller or larger, just get in touch with me to discuss the exact size before ordering. Necklace measurements are determined based on chain lengths. While there are a few standard necklace lengths, you should factor in your own measurements and similar factors when determining the right necklace size for you. To get the fit right follow these steps:
Finding out the chain length
If you already have a chain but don’t know it’s length then unclasp the chain and lay it out straight. Necklace measurements are, essentially, chain measurements. If you want to measure the chain, you will need to open it up and make it as straight as possible.
Measure the length with a ruler or tape measure. Extend the tape measure from one end of the chain to the other and note the length. This length is the marketable size of the necklace.
Do not forget the clasp in your measurement. The complete chain should be measured because that is what determines how long it hangs.
For similar reasons, do not include the length of any charm or pendant hanging from the chain.
Sizing your Neck for a Necklace
Measure your neck size. Neck size is probably the most important measurement you will need to know when determining which necklace length will work best for you. A necklace will fall lower on a person with a thin neck and higher on a person with a thicker neck.
Wrap a soft tape measure around your neck, keeping the tape measure parallel to the floor as you measure.
Add 2 to 4 inches to your neck measurement to calculate your minimum recommended chain length. Doing so will prevent the chain from sitting too snugly around your neck.
If you want a choker necklace, however, you can stick with your exact neck measurement instead of adding any excess length.
Standard Types of Necklace Lengths for Men, Women, and Children
Standard lengths for women.
Standard necklace chains designed for women come in five basic sizes. For most women, these sizes will fall out around the same place on the body. These are the lengths at which i have mine set out.
Choker length is approximately 12 to 17 inches.
Short length is 16 to 20 inches. This length usually falls out at the collarbone.
Medium length is 21 to 23 inches, which usually extends just a bit below the collarbone.
Long length is 24 to 36 inches, which usually extends below any neckline. This is also common with pearl strands and will hang below the bosom. They can be worn as a single strand or you can some can be doubled them for a shorter necklace.
If you need a chain that falls at or just above the neckline, opt for a 22-inch chain.
For a necklace that falls just below the neckline, choose a 24-inch chain.
Note standard chain lengths for men.
Necklace chains designed for men come in four basic sizes. Like women’s necklaces, men’s necklaces usually fall out around the same place on each man.
Men with smaller neck sizes may choose an 18-inch chain. This length should come down to the base of the neck.
The most common length for the average man is 20 inches, which comes down to the collarbone.
Choose a 22-inch chain if you want something that lands just below the collarbone.
For a necklace that comes down to a point just above the sternum, go with a 24-inch chain.
Understand that children’s necklaces have separate standards. Most necklaces made for children fall within a single range: 14 to 16 inches
Most bracelets are made in sizes from 6-9″ but I am happy to make it smaller or larger, just get in touch with me to discuss the exact size before ordering. To get the fit right, first measure your wrist, then add the following,
• ¼” if you like a snug fit (good for cuffs)
• ½” if you like a standard fit
• ¾” if you like a looser fit
Example: My wrist measurement is 6¾”. If I would like my bracelet to be snug I would select the 7” option. If I would like it to be looser I would select the 7½” option
CHILDRENS LENGTH (please note I only do children’s bracelets below 6″ as a custom request)
Newborn-6 Mos. 4″
6-12 Months 4 1/2″
12-24 Months 5″
2-5 Years 5 1/2″
6-8 Years 6″
9-13 Years 6 1/2″
Petite 6 1/2″ & 7″
Medium 7.5″& 8″
Ankle Bracelet* 9.5″-10″
*Anklets Usually includes an extension*
*How to measure your wrist correctly*
Use a flexible measuring tape, measure just above the Wrist bone. Take the wrist circumference and be sure the tape is snug. If you don’t have a measuring tape you can use a cord and measure it flat on a ruler.
*Bangles are a bit different*
To determine your bangle size, follow these steps:
STEP 1: Close your fingers together and bring your thumb to your little finger (as pictured). Pretend that you were putting on a bangle
STEP 2: Using a strip of paper or tape measurements, wrap it around your hand at the widest point… If you are using a plain strip of paper, mark your size with a pen on that paper. Then measure that paper strip with a ruler. That would be the circumference of your hand.
STEP 3: Compare your hand circumference to the chart below. Purchase a bangle with the diameter that is the next size up from your actual hand measurement.