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How to Shorten a Necklace or Bracelet

Written by Annabelle
April 21, 2020

Is a gift necklace or old bracelet too long for you to wear? Maybe you’re not entirely in love with its current length? Here’s how to shorten a necklace or bracelet.

The Chain Shortening Process


To shorten an item, the jeweler simply measures how many inches need to be removed from one area of the item. Next, they take out that portion and then reattach the clasp end to the rest of the necklace or bracelet that’s been shortened. 

This is the most straightforward procedure for most simple chains, such as cable chains or ball chains. However, the process is different for other items that are more complex in design.

Shortening Complex Jewelry Pieces


This rope chain shows the difference after repair.

Shortening rope chains, snake chains, and thick, stone-studded cuban/curb chains aren’t as easy as the usual chain shortening process. While the principle of removing the section and reattaching the clasp to the remainder of the item remains the same, the process is irreversible for these items.

This is because the jeweler has to cut into the chain to size it, and this will damage the pattern of the item at that area. In the case of rope and snake chains this blemish is easily hidden by attaching the clasp to the area, but it should be noted that once removed, the extra portion of chain cannot be reattached if you want to lengthen the chain in the future.

Shortening tennis bracelets works the same way; because of how it’s constructed, the removed area is difficult to reattach after extraction as the connecting portion that gives the tennis bracelet its flexibility has been cut. 

Cost and Turnaround Time

For most chain shortening projects, it’s only $29 to cut off and reassemble the piece. However, items that are complex or made out of stainless steel will take more labor and time. These items range from $50 for a tennis bracelet resizing to $80 for a thick cuban chain shortening. 

Most items take same-day or 1 day turnaround time, while the large chains will require about a week to size and solder due to the thickness and the material. 

Now you’re up to date on how to shorten a necklace or bracelet! Fill out the form or comment below if you have something you want to reduce in size; we can help you get started.

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Meaghan sizer

I want to shorten my necklace and make a bracelet with the extra piece


Hi there! I have a cuff bracelet that I wanted to be resized. I had my bracelets sent to another place hoping to resize it but I called them today and said they can’t resize it smaller. Is it possible if you can resize it?


Hi there, please email us a picture of your bracelet to [email protected] for further assistance. 🙂

Linda Zevin

Who can shorten a titanium necklace


Hi Linda, please email us a picture to [email protected] for further details! 🙂


Need my tennis and prong diamond Cuban brackets shortened


Hi there, please use this link to place an order for chain shortening!

Joshua Farrer

i have a gold bracelet that is too big for me to wear at the moment, just was wondering if you can take a link out or adjust it to the correct size of my wrist
thank you very much


Hi Joshua, please email a picture to [email protected] for further assistance! 🙂

Alesea Blodgett

Hello! I would also like to shorten my Cuban link chain and make a bracelet with the extra piece


Hi Alesea, we’ll reach out via email with further details!


Can you shorten a Gucci bracelet? its the heart pendant bracelet.


Hi Ruby, we’ll reach out with further details via email!


Hello, I would like to shorten my white gold 2mm chain I believe it is 22+ in’ and I want it to be 18-19 in’.


Hi There, we’ll reach out via email with further details on our chain shortening service!

Henry Avila

hi i have a 18k gold plated cuban link bracelet and it fits me too big.. i was wondering if you could resize it for me to fit my wrist perfect


Hi Henry, We’ll reach out via email to request photos!