Folks ask us all the time, "How long should I make my necklace?" We tell them never to assume. They need to take out their tape measures and measure their own necks or their friend or customer's neck. Every neck is different. People think that if they have a petite friend, that gal's neck is also going to be small, but that is not necessarily the case. We have seen thin women with thick necks and curvy women with thin necks. Short gals sometimes have thicker necks and tall gals sometimes have petite necks. You really cannot judge a book by its cover!
When you are unable to confirm the size of your client or gift recipient's neck, we suggest a chain extender. We sell so much of our Chain by the Inch just for that reason. Make your necklace 15 or 16 inches and add on 3 inches of chain and you will have a happy client. You can also make the 'non-clasp side' of your necklace a few inches longer (like you see pictured to the right) so you can put your clasp into any link in the chain.
By adding a few inches of chain so your clasp can hook into any of one of the links, you are allowing your necklace to hang low or high, depending on the neckline of your shirt or dress. This is a great way to have your piece look like it has been custom-created.
So the next time someone asks you, "How do you know how long to make your necklace?", just tell them you measure their neck or add chain extenders to all your pieces so folks can wear their necklaces with all the outfits in their wardrobe.