Learn how to choose the perfect chain for your pendant!
Pendants, necklaces and other kinds of neck jewelry designed for complementing the image of any woman and man, deserve special attention in the world of jewelry.
Pendants can be called an «independent» decorative element, which has no special requirements, like, for example, matching a ring or earrings (however, you have to follow this rule in case of diamonds or pearls). Moreover, this type of jewelry is a wonderful easy-to-choose present. The only thing you have to know is what style the person, you are going to give it to, prefers.
If you want to buy a necklace or a pendant wisely, for them to reveal good taste, pay attention to several details, while choosing this or that piece of jewelry. We have written this guide to help you with the task.
A beautiful pendant on the neck will easily add glamor and glare to any possible style. Pendants are the best presents for various kinds of jewelry.
Pendants are the best presents as you will definitely find one at the price you can afford and of the style you prefer, no matter who is going to wear it. Moreover, a pendant given as a present is a great way of expressing your feelings. For example, a pendant in the form of a heart will clearly tell about the feelings you have, while a model in the form of a star will make your lady understand how unique she is. A diamond pendant will be the symbol of your serious intentions.
There are different styles of pendants. Every year jewelers come up with new designs of pendants, presenting various motifs: flora, fauna, abstract shapes, intricate patterns.
Necklace length, as well as the style, is largely a matter of personal taste. Take into consideration your body frame, height, and the neckline of your outfit when selecting a chain length. Consider combining multiple chains of varying lengths to create a layered look. The average adult woman’s neck circumference measures between 14 and 15 inches. The measurements below show how standard chain lengths typically lie around the neck. If your neck circumference measurement is significantly different than 14-15 inches, you will want to add or subtract length to get the necklace chain to fall as you desire.
14 in. = choker length necklaces sit snugly around the middle of the neck. Choker necklaces work well with either boat-neck or off-the-shoulder designs and are frequently created using satin or velvet ribbon.
16 in. = collar length necklaces sit on the hollow of the base of your neck, just above the collarbone. This length emphasizes the neckline and is most flattering for those with a slim to medium build.
18 in. = princess length necklaces sit along the collarbone. This is the most common necklace length for women and a popular choice for adding pendants that will hang over a crew neck. For those with broad shoulders or a full neck, the princess length necklace will fit like a collar.
24 in. = matinee length necklaces sit mid-sternum. This is a more dramatic length.
30-36 in. = opera length necklaces hang below the bust and are typically reserved for beaded or pearl necklaces. Opera length necklaces can be worn long or wrapped around twice to form a double-strand necklace.
The question of style is perhaps the most difficult as we are all individuals with different style preferences. However, there are some key points to keep in mind particularly when choosing for others.
Chain thickness is measured in mm. You likely want to be able to maintain a certain aesthetic that draws attention to the beauty of the pendant without having the chain appearing too bulky. At the same time, remember that the higher the mm thickness, the sturdier the chain. The comparison below may help you to visualize common chain thickness.
Dime thickness is 1.35mm
Penny thickness is 1.55mm
Quarter thickness is 1.75mm
Nickel thickness is 1.95mm
Spring and lobster clasps are the two most common types of self-closing clasps used for chain necklaces. As the name implies a spring clasp is a round ring that opens and closes with a spring. These clasps can be a bit more difficult to open, so may people prefer a lobster clasp. A lobster clasp has an elongated oval shape base with a carabineer-type closure which makes it sturdier and less prone to damage