How to Shorten a Necklace?

If you have a necklace that is too long, there are a few easy ways to shorten it.

You can remove some of the links from the chain, use a jump ring to connect two sections of the chain together, or simply knot the necklace at the desired length. 

Depending on the type of necklace and how it is constructed, one of these methods may work better than others.

How to Shorten a Necklace Without Cutting It?

If your necklace is too long and you don't want to cut it, there are a few tricks you can try to shorten it without ruining the necklace.

How to Shorten a Necklace Without Cutting It?

  • One way is to thread the excess chain through the clasp so that you have a loop. Then, take a pair of needle-nose pliers and twist the excess chain until it breaks. Trim off any sharp edges and re-attach the clasp.
  • Another way to shorten a necklace is to remove one or more links from the chain. This is a bit more challenging, but it can be done with a pair of needle-nose pliers and a bit of patience.

Once you have removed the desired number of links, re-attach the ends of the chain and you're all set.

With a little ingenuity, it's easy to shorten a necklace without cutting it. So next time your necklace is too long, don't reach for the scissors, try one of these methods instead.

How to Shorten a Thin Necklace?

One of the most common complaints we hear about thin necklaces is that they are too long. They either don’t fit properly or they get tangled easily. If you find yourself in this situation, there is an easy fix!

How to Shorten a Thin Necklace

With just a few household supplies, you can shorten your necklace to the perfect length in no time.

Here’s what you’ll need: 

  1. Thin necklace 
  2. Scissors 
  3. Tape measure or ruler 
  4. Lighter (optional) 


Step-1: Measure the necklace against your neck to find where you want it to sit. Add an extra inch or two to account for any movement.

Use a tape measure or ruler to mark this spot with a piece of tape. This will be your guide for cutting the necklace later on. 

Step-2: Cut the excess off of the end of the necklace using sharp scissors, making sure not to cut off too much! 

Step-3: If desired, use a lighter to carefully melt and seal the end of the cord so that it doesn’t fray over time.

How Much Does It Cost to Shorten a Necklace?

When it comes to jewelry, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of how much it costs to shorten a necklace.

The price will depend on the materials used, the intricacy of the design, and the experience of the jeweler.

However, as a general guide, expect to pay anywhere from $20 to $100 to have a necklace shortened.

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If you're not sure whether you want to shorten your necklace or not, consider these pros and cons:


  1. Shortening a necklace can make it more versatile. You can wear it as is for a shorter look, or layer it with other necklaces for a more dramatic effect. 
  2. A shorter necklace will also be less likely to get tangled in your hair or clothes.
  3. If you have a delicate chain or pendant that you're worried about losing, shortening it can help keep it safe and close to your body. 


  1. Some people feel that shortened necklaces lose some of their originality and uniqueness. If you're attached to the length of your necklace for sentimental reasons, then shortening it may not be right for you. 
  2. Depending on how much material is removed, shortening a necklace can alter its overall appearance quite dramatically. This might not be what you're going for if you're trying to maintain the original look of the piece.

How Do You Adjust the Chain Length on a Necklace? 

If your necklace has a clasp, adjusting the chain length is easy. Simply open the clasp and add or remove links as needed to achieve the desired length.

If your necklace doesn't have a clasp, you'll need to measure the current length of the chain and add or remove links accordingly.

To do this, lay the necklace flat on a surface and use a ruler to measure from one end of the chain to the other.

Add or remove links until you've achieved your desired length, then use pliers to reattach any disconnected pieces of the chain.

How Long Does It Take to Shorten a Necklace? 

When it comes to shortening a necklace, the amount of time it takes to do so will depend on a few factors.

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For example, if you are simply removing a clasp and reattaching it further down the chain, this will only take a minute or two.

However, if you are cutting off excess length and then soldering on a new clasp, this will take a bit longer,  perhaps 15-20 minutes.

So, in short, the answer to how long it takes to shorten a necklace really depends on what type of adjustment you're making.

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Final Thoughts

Shortening a necklace is easy, free, and only takes a few minutes! With these tips, you can make any necklace work for your outfit.

So the next time you're getting ready and realize your necklace is too long, don't worry, just grab a pair of scissors and get to work.

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