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Short necklaces are 17" and less in length, and they may also be described as collar or choker lengths. They typically rest above or just brushing the collar bone. Many of the pendants I identify in Cool Finds are paired with 16" finished chains that showcase the pendant. For short necklaces that can also double as wrap bracelets, I have a separate page: the "necklets" (combination of necklace + bracelet).

Short necklaces work well with most casual shirts and collared button-down shirts because they are still generally visible under the collar. Deep scoop necks or plunging V-necks may not pair well due to awkward proportions of necklace + neckline; necklaces should look like they belong with an outfit, not abandoned. Thin chains with small pendants or charms can be worn with most anything, which is part of their charm and allure.

• •  n e c k l a c e s  1 7 "  a n d  u n d e r 

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Afternoon Tea
Boulder
Daffodil
Crocodile Tears
Empress
Fool's Gold
Heaven on Earth
Iron Eye
Irresistible (silver)
Joyful
LGN
Mardi Gras
Miners
Miss Muffet
Monterey
Russian Rose
Tender Shoots
Understatement
Icicle
Shared Joy
Fish Out of Water
Reef & Shallows
Smart Modern
Urban Planning
Shakespeare in the Park
You Work in an Office
You Work in an Office Pt 2

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All Clear
Blink
Sweetness
Bartlett
Cleopatra
Four Feet
Warm Fire
September
Catch the Post
Investment
Mary, Mary
Market Fruit
Moon Mother
Peridona
Rand and Angle
Rock Types I
Sangria
Starcatcher
Europa
Leaf Bud
Fiery
Glacier Melt
Gem Drops (S2)
Your Heart is a Muscle (bronze)
My Reproductive Organs (small)

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Necklace lengths between 18" and 21" are more popular lengths, and this length is often refered to as "princess" length. For most women, this places the necklace comfortably at or slightly below the collar bone; however, this is highly dependent on the wearer's neck size. Petite women may find that a mid-length necklace is too long for the desired look. Likewise, women with larger necks may find an 18" to fit more like a short necklace. If you find a necklace that you like but it seems it might be too long or short for you, contact me; it might be easy and inexpensive to modify for the desired length. Also, a number of the necklaces are made with length flexibility in mind; I add extra chain with a trigger-style clasp so the wearer can adjust the length 1"-2".

Mid-length necklaces tend to look their best when not competing with a neckline. I've tried necklaces with standard V-necks with mixed results. They can also get lost when worn with a button-down shirt, depending on the where the shirt is buttoned. Deep scoop necks and V-necks or high necklines like boatnecks or crew necks generally provide the best backdrop for an 18"-21" necklace, beaded or chain.

• •  n e c k l a c e s  1 8 "  t o  2 1 " 

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Aegean
Along the Avenue
Data Types
Anatomy
Art Walk
By the Water Cooler
Bed and Breakfast
Big Noise
Blue Skies
Brilliant
Bronze Age
Coffee
Complementary
Drops for Virgo
Dusk
Equestrian
Forget Me Not
Daughter of Atlantis
Family Araucariaceae
Flotsam and Jetsam
Quartz No. 14 Gatsby
Rose Quartz No. 8 Emma
Rainy Day at the Kimbell
Tanzanite No. 6 Chaudhuri
Earth Chick
Fairy Godmother
From the Deeps
From the Vine
Generous
Happy
Harvest
Heritage
Holiday
Jadeite
Kindred Spirits
Lady in Waiting
Lite Delight
Love Always
Metamorphosis
Mossy Overhang
Natural
Nautical
Nosegay
Oyster
Precious
Pyrite District 12
Ponderosa Pine
Pseudotsuga Menziesii
Pearl Necklace
Pleistocene Epoch
Queen Tiy
Reef and Shallows
Renewal
River Trader
Rougher Stuff
Seasonal
Shore
Sunshine
Sweet Beryls
Systolic
The C & C
The Pointed Arch
Timeless
Transpiration
Transitions
Trapeze
Hope
Victorian
Water Lily
The Rain Fell in Sheets
Tourmaline No. 10 Le Guin
Tourmaline No. 1 Jane
Sunset
Your Turn
Zephyr
Zoisite
Earth & Sky
Hospitality
Irresistible (gold)
Siesta
Red White Blue #2
Someone Special
Exquisite
Silken Strands
Carpe Diem
Chalet in Summer
Night at the Opera

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Amphitrite
Apple
Atalanta
Birthday Party
Cargo #2
Chic
Chirp
Circe
Bovary Lite
Bronze Drop
Courage
Delicious
Delicious #4
Encantador
Equivalent
Fibonacci Squares
Gem Drops (S1)
Gem Drops (S3)
Gem Drops (S4)
Gem Drops (G1)
Gem Drops (G2)
Gem Drops (G3)
Gem Drops (G4)
Golden Mean
Gossamer
Have a Heart
High Five
Helen
Hestia
Lounge
Miss Marianne
Modern Fairytale
Nested
Ornament
Rock Types II
Rhodochrosite Sample
Golden Afternoon
Mystic Oak
Idyllic Forest
Tropical Shores
Reminder #2
Reminder #3
Party Girl
Penelope
Persephone
Simple Savvy
Soft
Strong
Swift
Weighted Average
Woodland
Ammonite
Urban Loft
Tree of Life
Good Boy
Jean Jacket
Phases
My Reproductive Organs

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Long necklace lengths are considered as those 22"+, which can be called matinee or opera lengths. Rope necklaces are open-ended necklaces ~30" and longer that may be tied as a longer single length or looped one or times for shorter multistrand appearance. For example, beautiful hand-dyed silk ribbons are sold in lengths of 33"-36" and pairing this ribbon with a great pendant creates the possibility for a long necklace, a choker necklace (doubled-up ribbon), or a many-layer wrap bracelet (though this one can be tougher to tie).

Some long necklaces are made from larger size beads and a longer length is needed to balance the proportions of the finished piece, and some are long skinny necklaces that can either channel a dowager duchess or be wrapped many times for a cool bohemian bracelet. They can also be paired with other necklaces to nice effect (see the tasting menu for examples!). Long necklaces are all about options.

• •  n e c k l a c e s   2 2 " + 

Acoustic Guitar
Bountiful
Beep, Beep
Bella Luna
Chocolate Mint
Ametrine No. 7 Carnarvon
Artemis
Bed and Breakfast
Demeter
Eclectic
Four Corners
Fluorite No. 3 Bovary
Leeward Islands
Medici
Milk & Honey
Noosa Heads
Kunzite No. 4 Robin Goodfellow
Malachite No. 5 Cather
Ovary
Parlor
Sunburst
Tethy's Bounty
Second Cousin of Atlantis
Tanzanite No. 2 Austen
Sodalite
Wise Owl
To the Sea
Joy
Where & Whereafter
Zircon No. 5 Countess Olenska

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Angel
Aloft
Balance
Blue Mood
Breath
Awake
Dreaming
Caravan
Cargo
Delicious #3
Dragonfly
Embrace
Equivalent #3
Equivalent #5
Equal Measure
Parachute
Ritual
Doe
Love
Squirrel
Spring #2
Mr Puffers
The Briny Way
Keep Your Friends Close
Kraken
Teapot
Discover
Happiness