Choosing the Best Strands for your Shape

Since your jewelry is the finishing touch of your outfit, you want to make sure that you’re only adding to your look and not subtracting. Believe it or not, your jewelry matters just as much as your clothing style when it comes to accentuating your assents and camouflaging the parts of your body that you want to hide. Since we’re talking mainly about pearls, here’s a guide for the best strand length and shapes for your body type.

To get a gauge for necklace lengths and where they fall on an average woman’s body – here is a guide from Pearl & Clasp.


If you’re a petite woman, adding length with an endless strand might make your torso look extra short and remove height from your body. The ideal strand length will vary with your height, but the rule of thumb is this: choose a strand that will hit below your collar bone, but end far above your waist line. Avoid completely round necklace shapes, and choose ones that come to a “v” at the end, especially ones that fall below the bust line but are higher than the waist.

If you’re a large-busted woman, you should avoid necklaces that are longer than 22″ in length, which may bunch and puddle exactly where you don’t want them to. Luckily, pearls are considered one of the most flattering looks for large breasted women, so you will have plenty to choose from.

If you want to camouflage certain parts of your body, make sure that the necklace you are wearing doesn’t fall directly on top of them – which will accentuate those parts. Instead, a shorter, collar-bone length strand may be exactly what you want to draw attention away from your problem areas.

Luckily, Pearl & Clasp is willing to customize almost every single necklace in our New York showroom, so you never have to worry about finding the necklace you love in the length that suits your body. If you see something you like on our website, contact the Pearl Professionals at Pearl & Clasp to customize the length of your pearl strand today.

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