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 Necklace Lengths 

Type
Length
Collar
14 to 17 inches
Choker
16 to 18 inches
Princess
17 to 19 inches
Matinee
20 to 25 inches
Opera
26 to 36 inches
Rope
37 inches or longer


Women's Necklace Lengths
Depicted women's necklace lengths are: 18-inch, 20-inch, 24-inch, 30-inch and 36-inch
Men's Necklace Lengths
Depicted men's necklace lengths are: 18-inch, 20-inch, 24-inch

But how many beads will I need?

Well, even without an Intel Inside Pentium Processor, you can calculate the number of beads needed for a strand using the following formula:

Just remember that 1-inch = 2.54cm = 25.4mm (1cm = 10mm). So, multiply the length of the necklace by 25.4 and divide by the size of the beads in millimeters.

Examples:

1) 18-inch necklace made with 4mm beads:

Number of beads = 18x25.4/4 = 114

2) 32-inch necklace made with 6mm beads:

Number of beads = 32x25.4/6 = 135

Remember: since beads may be irregular, this number is approximate. Also, if you are knotting between the beads, add 1 or 2mm for each knot, depending on the thickness.

In case you don't remember...

Conversion Chart


1 kilo
1000 grams
2.2 pounds
1/2 kilo
500 grams
1.1 pounds
1 gram
.035 ounces
...
1 ounce
28.35 grams
...
1 gross
12 dozen
144
1/2 gross
72
...
1 mass
100 dozen
1,200
1-inch
2.4cm
...
1cm
10mm
...
1m
100cm
...


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