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How to Choose a Necklace Extender

How to Choose a Necklace Extender

A necklace extender is a convenient way to lengthen a necklace so that it fits better or lies lower on the chest for a different look.  Depending on the type of necklace you are looking to lengthen, there are a number of options available.  There is no need for your necklace to be turned into a choker – unless that is what you are looking for.  With a necklace extender that beautiful necklace can fit you perfectly and fall exactly where you want it to.

The first and perhaps easiest choice is to decide if you want a silver or a gold necklace extender.  This should obviously match the metal of which the necklace is made.  Silver necklace extenders work on silver necklaces, but also on necklaces made of white gold and platinum.  Although the match will not be perfect, it will not be noticeable since it lies at the back of the neck.  This will save you having to purchase different necklace extenders for each of these different precious metals.  Of course, a gold necklace extender is the right choice for any necklace made of yellow gold. In this case the quality of the metal does not matter, no one will know you are using a 14 karat gold extender on an 18 karat gold necklace.

The next choice is to decide between an adjustable necklace extender and a non-adjustable one.  An adjustable one lets you change the length of the necklace to suit your outfit.  A non-adjustable one gives you an exact length.  You can also purchase sets of non-adustable extenders so that you can pick and choose the right length.

Another decision you will have to make is what type of clasp you would like on the necklace extender.  There are round clasps and hook clasps.  While the round clasps are more secure, they can be more difficult to use.  If you have trouble with dexterity in your fingers, you might find that a hook clasp is easier for you to use.  You will run the risk of the necklace falling off, however, with a less secure clasp, so keep that in mind when choosing.

Many necklace extenders come with a small charm or decorative bead on one end, while others are plain.  This is a personal choice, but if your necklace is already ornate, you might want to go with something simpler that does not fight with the design of the necklace.  In some cases, you may be able to find a charm on the necklace extender that matches the necklace and thus makes it appear to be a part of the necklace.  This is a great way to make the necklace extender blend in.

The right necklace extender should offer the perfect length or options for length depending on your needs. It should be of a good quality metal but does not need to be expensive, and it should match the metal of the necklace.  Finally, you should be able to work the clasp easily, and it should be secure.  With a good necklace extender or set of extenders, you can expand your necklace selection to match your wardrobe.

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