First consider the look you want to achieve, as well as the neckline of the dress or top that will be worn with the necklace. A bead board
is a useful tool for designing a necklace before taking the time to construct it. Following are guidelines for popular necklace lengths: Choker: 14-16 inch
This length usually falls just above the collarbone, which displays a necklace beautifully on your neck. Princess: 18-20 inch
This length is the most popular and is ideal for most women. Princess length can be easily dressed up or down. Its versatility accommodates many different styles of beads and techniques. Matinee: 20-24 inch
Like the princess length, the matinee is a popular, classic choice. It’s an ideal length for a necklace worn over clothing or with a low-cut top. Opera: 26-35 inch
A long, opera-length necklace offers many jewelry options. Wear it as a single strand, or double it as a choker-length necklace. Depending on the beads, this length might also work as a bracelet when wrapped multiple times. Rope: more than 35 inches
This length hangs extremely low, sometimes just above the waistline. With such a length, you can make a multi-strand necklace or bracelet when wrapped multiple times.