Necklace Types & Sizes

Necklaces 

Necklaces are popular among all ages, cultures and gender. Necklaces can be classified in many different ways and for different reasons. Size, materials, form, meaning and symbolism, or fashion and age are a few of the main ways necklaces can be differentiated. 

Necklace Size Classifications

The most common types of size classifications are

Name

Size

Description

Collar

12”-14”

Worn tight and high up on the neck. Typically mutli-strand

Choker

14”-16”

Worn tight around the neck, but lower down just above the collar bone. Typical single strand,

Princess

17”-19”

Worn just below the collar bone. Great with pendants. Most popular length

Matinee

20”-24”

Worn down to the breast bone. Versatile for casual or business

Opera

28”-34

Worn in many ways, for dramatic effect. Can be simplified by double loop around neck for more elegant look

Rope

35” – 45”

Worn in various ways, usually knotted in front or multiple loops around neck. Also worn as a multi-strand bracelet

Lariat

Over 45”

Worn with multiple knots in front or multiple loop around the neck, or a combination

 

Necklace Meanings & Symbolism

This is probably the most diverse of all the categories, as it covers all aspects of life. Over the ages, necklaces have been used as symbols for everything from wealth and status to religious and spiritual icons through to forms just for beauty and style.

A few of these include: 

Category

Description

Wealth

 

Status

King’s crown

Ceremonial

Town Mayor’s ceremonial chain

Religious

Catholic crucifix

Spiritual

Native American Dream Catchers

Tradition

Neck rings in Kayan where their necks are “stretched”

Relationships

Marriages, unions, anniversaries, friendship

Expressions

Peace, hope, Love

Interests

Personal attributes, hobbies or affiliations

Necklace Materials

Necklaces have been made out of almost any and every material that is available. We provide a list of material categories with some examples of materials.

Category

Example

Precious Metals

Gold, Silver, Platinum

Other Metals

Stainless Steel, Copper, Brass, Titanium, Pewter

Precious Gems, Stones & Crystals

Diamonds, Rubies, Sapphires

Other Gems, Stones & Crystals

Agate, Tiger Eye, Zircon

Animal Origin

Hair, Bone, Leather, Feathers, Wool,

Plant Origin

Wood, Seeds, Bark, Hemp, String, Flowers

Ocean Origin

Coral, Shells, Pearls, Bone,

Manufactured Materials

Ceramics, Glass, Plastics, Rubbers

Other materials

Candy, pasta, corn

 

 

 

 

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