Some necklaces are simply too long. They fall at an awkward point on my neck - too close to my neckline, so they fall under my top or into my cleavage. Which means I have to DIY them to size.
We make lots of jewelry, so I know what's up. But it's also really easy for anyone to shorten (or lengthen, but that'll be a separate post) a necklace. All you really need are strong scissors, a pair of pliers, and fifteen minutes.
And voila! You'll have a necklace that's the perfect length for your neckline. Basically a custom piece of jewelry. Click read more to learn how to easily edit out inches of excess necklace chain.
Here's an example of the too-long necklace. I'm in my gym clothes (what's up, sports bra), but you can still tell that the necklace falls below my collarbone - where I like my necklaces to fall. If I was wearing a button down top you could barely see it.
- Heavy duty scissors
- Sharpie (optional)
Put the necklace on and pull it to the place you want it to lay on your neck. Mark that spot (where you will cut) with a sharpie (mark it on the side that doesn't have a clasp).
This is optional - you could also eyeball it or cut it while you are wearing it, but this is a bit safer.
Cut the necklace to length. Cut where you marked it, again you want to cut from the side of the necklace that doesn't have a clasp (it will have a jump ring - the circular metal piece/pieces in this case).
Powerful scissors should easily cut through the thin metal.
Take the jump ring off the chopped off portion of the necklace.
You will either be able to use your pliers to detach it or you will have to cut it (try for a very clean cut here). If there's a line in the jump ring, you can pry it off. If its welded closed, you have to cut it off.
Open the jump ring up enough to reattach it to the open end of your necklace.
Pliers are amazing. It might take a few minutes and it might make the jump ring look deformed, that's OK.
Reattach the jump ring to the open end of your necklace by closing the plied open ends of the ring.
It might look a little wonky (mine sure does), but it's NBD because it's your necklace and no one will see the hardware. The important part is just to make it closed and secure enough so that it will hold up when you wear it.
Try on the necklace and if it falls where you like it, you're good! If not re-do the steps listed above.
I only chopped off a few centimeters, but the change is everything - it's the difference between a necklace I never wear because it falls weird, and a necklace that goes into my heavy circulation because it falls perfectly.