|The Right Length for You
Necklace length is a pet-peeve
of mine. How often have you put your jewelry on and said "if it
was just a couple of inches shorter, it would be perfect"? To
solve the problem, I have done two things. First, most of my necklaces
are adjustable because they are made with a "Hook & Eye"
closure. The Hook-end can be put around the beads further down to
shorten as much as 3 to 4 inches when
needed. This will leave a short beaded section hanging down behind
your neck which is fine unless your hair is short and stops above your
neckline. I also have 4" sterling silver or 14Kt GF "necklace
extender chains" (sold separately for just $4) which can be added to
any necklace to lengthen it by 1-4 inches. They are "Figure
8" chains to give you total adjustability anywhere along the 4
inches. They are simple to attach by hooking the spring-ring onto the
jumpring of the necklace clasp end.
Most beaded necklaces which
are usually larger and worn over sweaters or with higher necklines are made
to what is known as the "Matinee" length (see below) . Most
of mine range in the 18"-24" length. Those
that are meant to be chokers (such as those with multiple focal beads) are
usually 15"-18". Some have necklace extenders built right
into them (check the individual descriptions).
Collar: 12"-13" (usually
multi-strand close to neck)
Choker: 14"-16" (versatile,
stops above collarbone)
Princess: 17"-19" (usually worn with open collars and low
and "V" necklines)
Matinee: 20"-24" (most common
length, usually worn with higher necklines and sweaters)
Opera: 28"-34" (sometimes
doubled as chokers)
Standard bracelet size is
7" for women, 8" for men. Most bracelets I make are
7" or larger, usually 7 1/4" to 7 1/2" to account for larger
beads in them which would decrease the inside diameter slightly. If you normally wear a 7" gold chain-type bracelet,
you should be able to wear the 7" to 7 1/2" beaded bracelets.
If larger, I would recommend the 7 3/4" to 8" size ones. I
will restring a bracelet longer or shorter if needed for an additional $5
(assuming I have more matching beads if you need it longer). Please
state your request in the "Special Instructions" space on the
Earrings are for pierced
ears and either dangle from earwires (noted on the item's Description page as "Drops" or
"Loops") or are beaded on hoops (noted as "Hoops")--see
picture at left for samples. Hoop earrings cannot be changed.
However, Drop or Loop type earrings can be made with Leverbacks,
French-wires or Ball-Post (posts w/separate earnuts) findings
(see picture on the right for earwire examples). I make most of them with Leverbacks because they are so easy
to use, more secure, and don't require a separate earnut to keep them on (or
get lost in your jewelry box!). I use Ball-posts when the gold or
silver ball matches the set better.
Ball-posts will shorten the length of earrings by about 1/2",
so if it says they are 2" Drops, they will be 1 1/2" Drops if
changed. If you prefer different ear-wires than what is shown, please state
the "Special Instructions" space on the checkout form.