How to Measure Gold Chain Length

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How to Measure Gold Chain Length
Measure the gold chain to get the perfect length for a necklace or bracelet. (gold cross necklace image by Nataliya Galkina from Fotolia.com)

If you are interested in buying gold jewellery but are unsure of the length you need, you will need to measure the length to get it right. It is easy to get the right length. Using a tape measure or a piece of string around your neck or wrist will give you the length you need for the gold chain. Whether you are making your own gold necklace or purchasing one from the store, you will need to know the right length.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wrap a thin strip of rope or a tape measure around your neck. Find the length you want the chain to hang.

  2. 2

    Allow the rope or tape measure to hang at the length you want. You can do a choker style or a longer length that hangs down to your waist.

  3. 3

    Mark the length you want for the chain. You can do this with your fingers or put a small clip to mark the exact length.

  4. 4

    Measure the length of the rope against the tape measure. If you used the tape measure, look at the place where you made the mark.

  5. 5

    The clasp is included in the length of the chain. The exception is if the clamps are a square fold over the clasp. Then the length will be just a bit shorter.

  1. 1

    Wrap the tape measure or piece of string around the bony part of your wrist or ankle.

  2. 2

    Add a half-inch to the length to accommodate the clasp. This will give a tighter fit around the wrist or ankle. For a looser fit, proceed to the next step.

  3. 3

    Add three-fourths of an inch to the measurements.

  4. 4

    Measure the length of the rope against the tape measure. If you used the tape measure, look at the place where you made the mark for the length you need.

  5. 5

    The clasp is included in the length of the chain for the bracelet or anklet. The exception is if the clamps are a square fold over the clasp. Then the length will be just a bit shorter.

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