sizes are traditionally given in mm (millimeters.) As a penny is
19 mm across, the penny in this photo should give some idea of
the size of beads used most often in necklaces. Or see below
where 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 mm are compared to a one inch
there are 25.4 mm in one inch:
It would take
12 2mm beads to equal one inch,
approximately 6 4mm
beads to equal one inch,
approximately 3 8mm beads
to equal one inch,
approximately 2 12mm beads equal
A 6mm bead is about 3/16" or the size
of the average pencil eraser
and a 10mm bead is just over 3/8
inch in diameter
We use 8mm beads in most of our necklaces.
Click on the
Selection page to see
how they look when strung.
lobster clasp is a secure clasp in that it cannot be opened
accidentally. Reminiscent of a lobster's claw, the spring-loaded
claw closes securely when the spring is released.
General terms indicating necklace
"Collar" length necklaces are
12-13 inches long and fit around the middle of the neck.
"Choker" length necklaces are 14-16 inches
long and fit around the base of the neck.
length necklaces are 17-19 inches long and lie just below the
"Matinee" length necklaces are 20-24
"Opera" length necklaces are
28-34 inches long.
"Rope" length necklaces
are 45 inches and longer.