Beads per Inch Chart
For easy jewelry designing, take a look at the "Beads per Inch Chart" below. This chart shows you the approximate number of beads for various lengths and helps decipher how many beads it will take to create necklaces of varying lengths. For example, if you wanted 4mm beads and they came on a 16-inch strand, you would receive approximately 102 beads.
|Beads Per Inch Chart|
Just remember that 1 inch = 25.4mm. Multiply the length of the strand by 25.4, and divide by the size of the beads in millimeters.
Number of Beads per 16-Inch Strand
How Many Beads Will You Need To Make a Necklace?
|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|
Remember that 1 inch = 25.4mm. Multiply the length of the strand by 25.4, and divide by the size of the beads in millimeters.
Strand Length x 25.4mm (1 inch) ÷ bead millimeter = Approximate Bead Quantity Required for Design.
What size necklace will a 16-inch strand of beads make when knotted?
|Bead Size||Strand Length/Number of Beads|
|4mm||16'' strand, 102 beads, knotted makes 20-inch long necklace|
|6mm||16'' strand, 68 beads, knotted makes 18-3/4 inch long necklace|
|8mm||16'' strand, 51 beads, knotted makes 18-inch long necklace|
For beads with two-dimensional measurements, the order of the measurement is length by width. To make measurements consistent, Fire Mountain Gems always puts in the largest dimension first.
|We would like to share some of the customer comments we received in response to the article "How Many Beads per Strand?," as featured in an email newsletter. Please keep in mind that the comments expressed below are those of our customers and do not reflect the views of Fire Mountain Gems and Beads.|
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"Your article was very helpful. I was wondering if you have a chart for knotted pearls. Especially one using different sizes of pearls ( like a graduated pearl necklace ... for a 16 or 18 inch necklace. Maybe you would know how I can figure it myself.) Thank you,"
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