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

By Heather Dismore

Part of 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 Type Women Men Plus sizes Kids Baby
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.