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We've all been there before - you buy a banging necklace only to get it home and realize it's too short. You don't want the hassle of returning it, and it's just the piece of jewelry that has been missing from your collection. Luckily, there are a few easy ways to make a necklace longer. In this blog post, we'll show you four different ways to make your necklace longer, so you can wear it with confidence.

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Assess the Situation

Before you start looking for ways to make your men’s gold-plated chains longer, it's important to take a step back and assess the situation. After all, not every necklace can be made longer - some are simply too short.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when finding out whether or not you can make your necklace longer:

  • The type of necklace: Some necklaces, like pendants and chokers, are designed to be worn closer to the neck and may not be able to be lengthened without compromising the look of the piece. Other necklaces, like rope chains and bead chains, can usually be made longer without issue.
  • The type of closure: The type of clasp will also dictate how easy it is to make the necklace longer. Lobster claw clasps and spring ring clasps are the easiest to work with while box clasps and toggle clasps can be more challenging.
  • The materials: If the necklace is made with delicate materials like beads or gemstones, you'll want to be extra careful when lengthening it so you do not damage the piece. Also, be sure to clean the gold chain or pendant before making any adjustments.
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How to Add Length to a Necklace

Now that you know which types of necklaces can be made longer, let's take a look at some of the different ways you can do it. Sometimes you can take a DIY approach and find a fast solution, but other times finding a jeweler may be the safest option. If a necklace that has a lot of sentimental value to you needs adjusted, it’s probably best to leave it up to the professionals. 

Extender Chains

One of the easiest and most popular ways to make a rose gold chain or necklace longer is to add an extender chain. Extender chains are attached to the clasp at the end of your necklace and can be adjusted to add anywhere from a few inches to a few feet of length. They are available in a wide range of styles, from simple to ornate, and can be made from gold, silver or stainless steel.

Replacement Clasps

Another option for making a necklace longer is to replace the clasp with a larger one. This is a particularly good option if the clasp is the only thing preventing you from being able to make the necklace longer. Keep in mind, however, that replacement clasps can be tricky to install, so it's best to leave this option to a professional jeweler.

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DIY Necklace Extenders

If you're handy with a needle and thread, you can also make your own extender chain using jewelry wire and beads. This is a great option if you can't find an extender chain that matches your necklace or if you want to add a personal touch. 

It’s also a nice option if you are in a pinch and don’t have time to order an extender online or to see a jeweler. As long as the DIY extender lasts the entire day or night so your necklace does not fall off while you are out and about, that’s the most important thing. 

Get in Touch With Frost NYC

Whether you're looking for a new necklace or trying to make an existing one longer, Frost NYC has a wide selection of necklaces in a variety of styles and materials. Our knowledgeable staff is always happy to help you find the perfect piece or answer any other questions you may have.

August 01, 2022

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