How to Choose a Chain or Necklace

A closeup of chain links in sterling silver and 14K gold.

Necklace and Chain Guide

Find a Necklace or Chain Length You Love

At James Avery we strive to honor the beautiful and diverse body types of our Customers, which is why we offer a wide range of lengths and styles for our necklaces and chains. We’ve developed this guide to help you find just the right fit – whether you’re shopping for yourself or looking for a gift.

Tips for Choosing a Length

  • Consider the wearer’s torso length, chest size and overall body type:
    • A chain will look shorter on someone with a longer torso or a larger chest than it will on a smaller body type.
  • Longer chains (28+ inches) can slip over the head without unfastening the clasp. This is helpful if you have trouble fastening small clasps or prefer the ease of slipping it on quickly.
  • Our easy-to-use sterling silver Magnetic Clasp Set can be added to any of our necklaces or chains. It’s a great choice for those who find traditional clasps difficult to fasten.
  • Our Cable Chain Extenders are another way to add extra length to any necklace or chain!

Length Size Charts

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Our Associates are always happy to help if you have further questions. Find a store near you, call us at 1–800–283–1770 or email us at for further assistance.

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Choose Your Chain Style and Weight

Our chains come in a variety of link designs and an assortment of thicknesses and weights – from classic cable chains to bold statement styles. The possibilities for layering are endless so you can create a look all your own! If you plan to wear a charm or pendant on the chain, you’ll want to make sure they balance and complement each other.

Tips for Choosing a Chain

For Charms and Small Pendants

Designs smaller than one inch look great when balanced with lighter chain styles.

Fine Cable
Fine Spiga
Fine Curb
Light Cable
Medium Box
Forged Beaded
Light Spiga
Medium Rolo
Light Rope
Medium Reverse Rope
Light Curb
Delicate Connected Hearts
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For Medium Pendants

Designs over one inch look great with medium chain styles.

Medium Cable
Medium Spiga
Twisted Link
Medium Rope
Medium Cable Figaro
Medium Curb
Heavy Box
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For Large Pendants

Designs over two inches look great with heavier chain styles.

Bar Link
Heavy Mesh
Heavy Cable
Heavy Rope
Heavy Curb
Braided Leather Necklace
Twisted Wire Double Link
Extra Heavy Cable
Extra Heavy Spiga
Extra Heavy Box
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