Necklaces - How to Choose the Correct Length
by Linda Gale
Isn't it curious: Thousands of years ago our ancestors proudly displayed a precious trinket on their chest, hung from a leather thong - quite often a pretty stone. Now, we dangle even more beautiful stones, polished and embellished - often still using a leather cord instead of a fancy chain - from our 'modern-day' necks!
Personal pride continues to be an important part of our ego. We still have that basic need to make ourselves special - more attractive - more unique. But, adorning ourselves satisfies another aspect: we all feed the need to create something beautiful - with our own hands. The biggest smile is always on the face of the person who says: "I made it!"

If you're a wire-wrapper, you make more necklace pendants than anything else. Earrings, bracelets, and other wire-made adornments are secondary to the 'Stars' of our jewelry world...a gemstone cabochon, beautifully contained in a woven encirclement of wire. Our individual design styles range from simplistic to ornately 'heady'. Whether our medium is copper, silver, gold or the colors of the rainbow, our creations are designed for one purpose: to be suspended as a 'show piece'- in a rather prominent manner - somewhere on or near our bust line or chest.
It's All About Appearance
Necklace lengths have always followed fashion. Victorians often wore 'neck bands' or 'chokers' - or even the more simplistic adornment of a broach pinned at the high neck of a blouse. But, the allure of plunging feminine necklines has always been a 'constant' throughout time. And, as necklines dipped, eye-catching necklace lengths took a dive also.

Today, necklaces may be elongated to hang between the bust line and the waist - with the added attractive movement of a tassel, dangling charm or gem. I'll let you speculate on the reasons behind this 'extra-long' necklace length! And, let's not forget the 'stacking' of multiple necklaces. Begun as a trend by combining necklaces of different lengths, it led to a necklace with multiple 'faux lengths' that hung from a single chain...still fashionable, but a real 'chain-saver'.
Whether for 'fashion', 'fun' - or just plain comfort, its handy to have a 'map' of necklace lengths that can be kept at your workbench, for quick reference. Even handier, it's sized to fit on a 4" x 6" index card. You may want to print two copies - one for a card, and the other as 'backup', to copy, when the card becomes too dog-eared to read!
Print the chart below.

Glue it to a card.

Keep it handy in your tool box as an instant reference for making necklaces of Any Length - Any Combination - Any Time!
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Materials

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  • Category: Design
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