There are many people who have not got an idea where to start looking in the enormous array of gold chains and jewellery available on the markets today. This page might help you if you are looking for the basic element of jewellery, the gold chain.
Types of gold necklace
||There are a great many differing styles of gold chains, and the style of chain is related to its use. The chain can be decorative in its own right, or used as a means of displaying a pendant or locket, or worn as a wrist bracelet. There are two really popular styles of gold chains in Britain, the Curb chain and the Belcher.
Curb Chain – A curb chain is one where the links lock together with each other when laid flat. It is a popular man’s chain as construction used to demand a heavy style. This style of chain has a great variety of widths available, ranging from a few millimetres to over two centimetres.
Belcher Chain – A belcher chain is sometimes called ‘rolo’, and is wider than it is thick and the wire used to form the link is in a D section. The links of a Belcher gold chain are usually round but can be or oval in shape. They can also be used for pendants and a popular ladies chain.
The Figaro Chain - These chains lie flat, and with different size links, and as its name suggests it has Italian origin it is a distinctive style and is similar to anchor or rambo chains.
Prince of Wales Chain - This chain often consists of a single twisting chain made of small circular links where each single link has no less than four others joining into it.
Trace Style - This is a basic chain and is usually of uniform width and thickness and has fine oval links.
Singapore Style – This is often called twisted curb chain, but the links are joined in such a way so when the chain is untwisted there is always a natural curve to it. Usually this chain is of very fine material.
|Rope chain – A rope chain creates the effect of two twisting strands spiraling together, created by many small links which are not completely joined. One disadvantage of this otherwise strong chain is that when one link does break the rest of the chain might follow in succession.
Anchor - The anchor chain looks much like the old chains that you would see holding large anchors to ships, an oval link with a dividing bar through the middle. The linking sections may be of a curb or trace style. There is also a version called “Maritime”, where only every other link is an anchor link.
Wheat Style – A wheat chain is made up of long and thin teardrop-style links that all point in the same direction. The join of each link is like a tiny hinge, meaning this style is not as flexible or liquid-like as some others
All of these style of necklace can be made up into a necklace or a necklet.
Gold necklace breakage
Whilst necklaces may break a link, the clasp is often where chains separate. This is where you can lose either the chain, the pendant, or both! If you have to repair a gold chain that’s clasp has broken, be sure to match it with a specific gold chain clasp of the same carat, colour and style.
What can be done to prevent this? The methods differ, and some have security features in the event of clasp failure, however, one of the best solutions is to get the chain made continuous.
This is quite easily done at the jewellers, but remember that if it is a neck chain to ensure that it will pass over your head for putting on and taking off. It is not so advisable for heavy chains, which if caught will be less likely to break. The fact that a chain or clasp can fail can be a life saver in the event of the chain getting caught!