Gold Chains What Size Should I Buy

When you go to buy a gold chain or necklace online it’s likely that you’ll come across hundreds, if not thousands, of different variations. From the general style of the chain to the type of metal, the length to the thickness, and so on, the tremendous variety of options can often be somewhat overwhelming.

As we mentioned in our previous blog, considering your budget at-hand, the metal purity, whether or not you want a pendant to accompany your chain, and various other factors can help whittle down your options significantly.

In this blog, we’ll be discussing some of the different sizes of gold chains and how to choose the right one for you.


Chain Width

The thickness of the chain that you end up buying will vary massively depending on your budget. As most jewellers value their gold chains based on weight it’s likely that the thicker your chain is, the more expensive it will be.

In general, men’s gold chains range from 1mm to 25mm in thickness. You may often see the wider chains referred to as ‘heavy gold chains’ and the thinner ones referred to as ‘light gold chains’.

Mens Belcher Chain 34 Inch

Men's 34 Inch 20mm Heavy Gold Belcher Chain

It’s also important to remember that certain styles of gold chain tend to be more widely available in certain sizes. For example, it’s rare that you’ll ever find a gold rope chain thicker than 10mm. On the other end of the scale, it’s fairly common to find Miami Cuban link chains, curb chains and belcher chains that are well over 15mm wide.

If you’re ever in doubt about the ideal width for the type of gold chain that you’re looking for, it could help to find images of someone wearing the same style and size that you’re considering. At Hatton Jewellers, we often include images on our product pages with a model wearing the piece of jewellery to help you understand how it will fit. However, if you ever struggle to find a relevant image on a jeweller’s product page, you could even try searching on Google Images.

Mens 28 Inch Rope Chain

Men's 28 Inch 8mm Gold Rope Chain

Mens Curb Chain 18 Inch

Men's 18 Inch 14mm Gold Curb Chain

Chain Length

Length is another really important factor when considering what size of gold chain to buy. The most common lengths of gold chain usually range from 18 inches to 36 inches.

As a general rule of thumb, an 18-inch gold chain will have a similar fitting to the collar on a crew neck t-shirt. A 20-inch gold chain will have a similar fitting to the collar on a V neck t-shirt. 28 and 30-inch gold chains will often rest near the bottom of your chest, and finally 36-inch gold chains will usually rest somewhere near the top of your stomach. This image should give you a better idea of these measurements.

Mens Gold Chains Length Guide

It’s important to remember that the fitting of your gold chain will vary depending on your height and weight. Therefore, it could help to use a string and a tape measure to work out the ideal size of chain for you. As mentioned above, we’d also recommend having a look at images of someone wearing the length of gold chain that you’re considering.


So, there you have it, everything that you need to know about choosing the right size of gold chain for you. We’d also recommend shopping with a jeweller that offers returns – there’s nothing worse than buying a gold chain that wasn’t what you were expecting, only to find out there’s no way to return it.

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Why not take a read of our jewellery blog for some more inspiration?