What size necklace should I order?
What size necklace is right for your child, and why is length so important when I am ordering one?
Baltic Amber jewellery works by being worn against the skin. It is NOT intended for babies or children to chew on. It is important to determine the correct size necklace to order for your child, as the goal is to be sure that they cannot roll their necklace over their chin and into their mouth there for making the necklace the correct size for your child. Baltic Amber is soft and will break if chewed on, that being said. It is still hard & may cause damage to your child’s teeth & gums if they do manage to bit a bead off. Gemstones are harder and will break your child’s teeth if chewed on. It is also best to ensure you get the correct size so that they can’t get their arms caught in the necklace or have it caught on toys/items while they are playing. That is why it is best to have one that sits close to their neck.
Using a soft measuring tape, measure your child’s neck to find out what length will be best for your child. If you do not have a soft measuring tape, you can use a string, shoe lace or piece of dental floss. Anything can be used as long as it soft so that the correct size can be worked out. Once you have the measurements on the string, shoelace or piece of dental floss, use a ruler or a hard tape measure to the size. The key is not tight but not so long that your child can pass the necklace over his or her chin and put it into his or her mouth. The best rule of thumb is to ensure there are two fingers of space between the necklace & their neck & it sits around their collarbone.
Keep in mind that sometimes, the beads them themselves will add some “bulk” compared to the measuring tape. This is why I try & only use 4-6mm beads in my jewellery so that there isn’t a huge amount of “bulk” in the necklace & they can stay lightweight.
As always, we are here to help if you have questions! Simply send us a message on the Facebook page and we can assist you in finding or designing the right size piece for your child.