Making Jewelry: Standard Lengths for Necklaces, Bracelets, and Anklets

Part of the Jewelry Making and Beading For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When you put a lot of time into making a standout piece of jewelry, you don't want to end up with a necklace that's too long or a bracelet that will fall off. Use these recommended lengths when making a necklace, choker, bracelet, or anklet.

Whenever possible, take measurements before crafting pieces for friends, family members, or customers so you can be confident that the masterpiece you create will fit perfectly:

Project TypeWomenMenPlus sizesKidsBaby
Necklace 17"–35+" 20" 18"–36" 12"–14" 10"–12"
Choker 14"–16" 18" 17"–19" 8"–10" n/a
Bracelet 7"–7 1/2" 8"–11" 8" 5 1/2"–6 1/2" 3 1/2"–5"
Anklet 9"–9 1/2" 11"–14" 10"–10 1/2" 7"–8" 4"–4 1/2"

And if necklaces are your specialty, check out this image, which specifies the names assigned to various necklace lengths.


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Jewelry Making and Beading For Dummies Cheat Sheet