The Easy Guide To Choosing A Necklace
Do you love jewellery but have no idea where to start when it comes to choosing a necklace?
The art of selecting the perfect piece can be easier than you think! In this helpful blog post, our necklace gurus here at Didosh will explore some key tips and tricks that will help simplify your new favourite necklace journey!
From styling to finding a necklace to suit your face shape and how to measure for the perfect fit!
Find out how to choose a necklace the easy way and add a little unique sparkle to your wardrobe.
So let’s begin with nailing the brief before we dive in and discover more!
Choosing the right necklace style comes down to individual preference and desired look. Taking measurements can help find the perfect fit - 14" fits like a choker while 16", 18", 20" and 22" drop gracefully around the neck. Shorter necklaces work well with lower necks, and longer styles work better with higher necklines.
Ok so with the mini takeaway in mind, let’s head straight in and discover more about choosing a style of necklace.
Choosing a necklace style
With so many different styles of necklaces out there, it can be difficult to decide which one to choose.
The most important thing is to think about your own individual style and the look you are hoping to achieve.
Of course, you may be choosing a gift so in that case focus on the recipient and make sure you try to capture their look!
If you want something traditional and timeless, you could try an elegant 18ct Rose Gold Diamond Curved Bar Necklace.
Or for a gift for someone special, maybe choose a gorgeous 18ct White Gold Diamond ‘Love’ Letter and Heart Pendant Necklace to show them just how much you care!
To create instant drama and impact, then an 18ct White Gold Evil Eye Sapphire and Diamond Pendant Necklace makes a real statement.
For a unique look then try a personalised pendant necklace as a special gift or to treat yourself! Diamond stud letters add a touch of luxe!
Layering is a style that is here to stay! So why not try an elegant gold charm necklace which works perfectly on its own or with other pieces?
Which metal should I choose?
Choosing the right metal for your necklace is an important decision. Whether you prefer gold or silver depends on personal preference and what style best suits you.
Don’t forget rules are made to be broken! So mixing up gold and silver might work for you!
You could opt for classic yellow gold, sterling silver, or even elegant rose gold to add a touch of femininity to your look.
A few other choices to consider include platinum and white gold, each of which offers something special!
Do some research to find out what works best with your skin tone and wardrobe.
Silver can be more casual while gold can feel more formal and elegant. Coupled with diamonds you can dial up a gold necklace to super lux!
Shopping for the perfect necklace requires some savvy measurements.
Whether your style demands a classic length or you need that extra bit of glamour, we've got all bases covered with our guide to help find just what fits!
From standard sizes in inches to find the ideal fit no matter your neckline, let us take out the guesswork so you can sparkle and shine!
If you're looking for the perfect necklace, a 14" fits near your neck like a choker.
For petite ladies, 16" will lay gracefully on their collarbone but may fit more snugly on plus-size women.
The 18” is one of the most popular choices and sits loosely around the base of your neck while the 20” drops delicately below it.
Finally, if you want to make an extra statement with length go for 22", which usually lays at or above bust level!
So although this is an ‘at-a-glance’ way of sizing up for a pretty necklace, there is a more accurate way you can follow below.
Taking measurements for a necklace
To make sure you get the right necklace length to compliment your outfit or to find which size is best for you, you’ll need a soft tape measure. These are the types usually used for dressmaking.
So whether you want to go for an on-trend layered style, or if you prefer a choker style, the sizing can really make a difference to your finished look!
Take a soft dressmaker's measuring tape and wrap it as close as you can around your neck.
Once you have your neck measurement, for a comfortable fit, then simply add a few inches to get your desired style.
For a tighter choker style fit, add on 2 inches and between 4 and 6 for a pendant style.
Choosing a necklace to suit my neckline
As a general rule, if you are wearing clothing with low necklines then opt for short necklaces that sit close to your collarbone. A choker style or one with a shorter chain.
Off-the-shoulder, tops can look beautiful with a chain that sits high on your neckline or rests on it.
For styles such as boatneck tops, then a slighter longer chain length works well. A classic tee can be elevated with a pendant-style necklace.
A classic bar necklace also works well with the classic round neck of your favourite white tee!
Or for a little boho chic then a charm style will look gorgeous just hanging below a round neck top or a longer v-neck style or button-down.
Ultimately, having fun with different styles and materials is part of the process, so experiment and find pieces that make you feel confident and beautiful!
Knowing which style and silhouette works best with the shape of your face will give you a more flattering, balanced look.
Whether you prefer an edgy statement piece or a timeless classic, there are many things to consider when determining which necklace works best for your face shape.
- Round faces look best in longer, narrower necklaces that elongate the features
- Heart-shaped faces will look good with shorter, chunkier styles or you could draw attention to those cheekbones with an eye-catching pendant necklace
- Square shapes should opt for curved, more organic lines—the curve helps soften hard angles.
- If you have a diamond face shape (forehead and jawline narrower than the cheeks), choose a longer lariat or bib necklace that will balance out your strong jawline.
Don't forget – mix it up! Accessorizing is all about having fun and experimenting!
Get creative and try different styles until you find the perfect look for you!
When picking out the perfect necklace to highlight your look, it's worth thinking about where the eye will be drawn to.
For those with fuller figures, shorter necklaces are a great option as they showcase your collarbone. Longer styles can sometimes sit quite high if you have a large bust so a shorter pendant style may work better.
We love our statement 18ct Yellow Gold Chain Evil Eye Sapphire and Diamond Pendant Necklace
Fuller figures may also find chokers can be quite difficult to wear too as they can cause a proportion ‘cut off’ which is less flattering than a style which sits lower and draws down the eye.
The sweet spot for most people is usually between 18" - 22".
The easy guide to choosing a necklace - the wrap
So we hope that’s given you some help on how to choose the perfect necklace!
Taking measurements, along with considering the neckline of a special outfit can help you find the perfect fit. You can even try multiple lengths to see what looks best and make the most impact.
Have fun browsing through our amazing selection of artisan jewellery to help you create a signature style that is unique and memorable.
Our collection has an incredible range of designs - from exquisite gold-encrusted diamond necklaces to bold and contemporary evil eye designs. Head over to our store to discover more!