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  • Most Popular Chain Style Types in Necklaces and Jewelry

    ANCHOR CHAIN:  Is characterized by uniformly sized repeating oval links which are arranged alternatively in a horizontal and then vertical orientation, traditionally with a vertical bar in the middle of each link creating a flexible ligament giving the chain strength, durability and an eye catching style.

    Anchor Chain Anchor Chain

    BALL or BEAD CHAIN:  Composed of orbs of metal rather than open links.  They are set at regular intervals along the length of the chain set with connector bars or adjacent to each other.  Dress up your next occasion with a fashion twist with a ball/bead chain.

    Ball Chain and Bead Chain Ball or Bead Chain

    BOX CHAIN:  The four sided construction of the box chain creates a durable chain with an extraordinary look.  It is made from round wire which is rolled flat and then folded into square links that form open boxes or cubes creating a smooth four sided shape.  Add a pendant to the box chain to create an elegant look.

    Box Chain Box Chain

    BYZANTINE CHAIN: Is an intricate, closely linked sequential chain design that incorporated a rope-like texture and intriguing textural design.  Soft, flexible with an elegant drape, the byzantine link is instantly recognized by its maze-like intricacy.

    CABLE CHAINS:  Strong, durable and attractive, the cable chain is a heavy chain having links with a crossbar across the inside of each link.  Each section of the cable chain is identical throughout giving it a simple but classic look.

    Cable Chain Cable Chain

    C LINK Chain:  Made up of solid ‘C’ shaped sections that fit into one another in a repeating pattern for a style that is both on-trend and beautifully classic.  It is designed to lie flat and noted for its flexibility.

    C Link Chain C Link Chain

    CLOSED LINK CHAIN:  They feature an additional process which ensures every individual join has solder applied to ensure the link cannot open easily.  Usually crafted in precious metals.

    Closed Link Chain Closed Link Chain

    CURB CHAIN:  It is designed with circular rings with tiny indentations that allow the rings to remain flat for a sleek and comfortable fit.  Sometimes, links have been twisted and feature a diamond cut that enhances the chain with style and shimmer.

    Curb Link Chain Curb Chain

    ESPIGA CHAIN:  Crafted by intricately weaving metals in small links closely resembling an ear of corn or wheat. Also called a wheat chain, it is strong and durable, it is perfectly suitable for pendants.

    Espiga Chain Espiga Chain

    FANCY CHAIN:  A chain that has a different variation on a standard chain, like links that are specific shapes or that have a special finish or have dangles attached, is considered a Fancy Chain.  This means a variety of special links, like heart shapes or various chains adorned with tiny shapes along the chain.

    Fancy Chain Fancy Chain

    FIGARO CHAIN: Comprised of flat twisted links.  It is a modified version of the curb chain where the interlocking flat links vary in size.  It lays flat around the neck, is crafted with strength and durability and its versatility gives it a sense of fashion and style.  Originated in Italy.

    Figaro Chain Figaro Chain

    FIGARUCCI CHAIN:  A variation of the anchor or marine chain but with long links that add decoration like a Florentine pattern giving it a lace or filigree finish.

    FOXTAIL CHAIN:   Two rows of slanted oval links face each other at a 45 degree angle in the Foxtail chain.  They are connected by a series of flat rings running down the chain’s center.  This created the impression of the hairs on a fox’s tail.

    FRANCO CHAIN:  The Franco chain is a thicker type of chain made with v-shaped links.  The chain is sturdy and can support heavy pendants.

    Franco Chain Franco Chain

    HERRINGBONE CHAIN:  Multiple rows of v-shaped links are used to make up this type of chain.  They lie completely flat, and each row alternates in direction creating the herringbone pattern.

    LINK CHAIN:  The link chain is the most common type of chain.  It is formed of individual oval or round links interlocked in a uniform pattern with each link lying 90 degrees to the next.  This chain is popular for its simple but classic look.

    Link Chain Link Chain

    MARINER CHAIN:  This is the strongest type of jewelry chain.  It is designed with repeating oval links that are all the same size.  They have a vertical bar in the middle of each link are are arranged in a horizontal, then vertical arrangement.  Also known as the anchor chain it has a few variations such as the Figarucci chain.

    OMEGA CHAIN:  Popular for its strength and how shiny it is, the Omega chain is made of individual metal plates lined up side by side and crimped to an underlying mesh base.  There are both flat and round versions of this chain and it can be reversible. Popular for its overall strength and its reflective qualities.  Omega chain is made up of metal links assembled on a wire or woven mesh that form a tube. The embedded wire is what provides the strength. The Omega chain is somewhat flexible, but it is still sufficiently rigid that it retains its ring shape when worn.

    Omega Chain Omega Chain

    RAILROAD CHAIN:  This chain features two continuous lines with cross bars that form the tracks for a stylish design.

    Railroad Chain Railroad Chain

    ROLO CHAIN:  The links of the Rolo chain are usually smaller and thicker than that those of a cable chain and they tend to be oval or round.  The links are flat on the inside and alternate in the direction they face.  This is a popular chain used for charm bracelets.

    ROPE CHAIN:  Rows of metal links are woven for this type of chain creating the appearance of a two strand rope.  The join of each link is like a tiny hinge, meaning this style is not as flexible or liquid-like as some others.

    Rope Chain Rope Chain

    SHADBELLY CHAIN:  Its construction is composed of points that are similar to shadbelly points used to enhance riding jackets worn by equestrians. The necklace's links are woven closely together to provide strength as well as elegance.

    SINGAPORE CHAIN:  Flat diamond cut chain links are woven together to form a diamond shape.  These diamond shaped links are then woven together, creating the Singapore chain.  It is eye catching as it reflects light from different angles.  The chain also has a natural curve, created by the weaving process, that is pleasing to the eye.

    SNAKE CHAIN:  Crafted of smooth, round metal plates or bands,  the chain has a curve at the mid-point of each link.  The links are then joined to create a continual flexible tube reminiscent of a snake skin due to a slight zigzag pattern.

    Snake Chain Snake Chain 

    WHEAT CHAIN:  A symmetrical type of rope chain, the wheat chain features small figure 8 links that display as a plaited appearance.  Also known as the Espiga or Spiga chain, it is a symbol of wealth or faith.

    Wheat Chain Wheat Chain

  • Style File: Coast to Coast - Spring Trends Head to Toe

    This Winter has seemed particularly grueling on both coasts so having a fresh Spring style is a much needed ray of sunshine! This week we are going to review Spring Style: Head to Toe!

    Kelsey: 

     

    shopping_(1)One of my favorite trends this year that is easing the transition from our winter booties to our summer sandals are open toe, open heel, and strappy booties. How fun is that? For me, my favorite part of Fall is slipping back into my ankle or knee high boots, so I think it is great that this trend is working its way into Spring and early Summer style. Not only are these boots fun to wear during this seasonal transition, but they are also easy to pair with any look. Show off your new Spring pedicure with this open boot trend! There really is never a bad time to be in the city of Los Angeles, but I have to say, I was a little nervous about making the trek to the West Coast during winter. Luckily for me I caught LA on an extremely mild year, and so far the early Spring weather has been beautiful making it perfect for spotting the first glances of Spring style.

    Another one of my Spring style favorites straight from LA is topping off your look with a hat. Hats are an accessory that I often forget about, but there is something about a beautiful floppy sun hat that makes a woman look so chic. This is another great transitional item this season. Take off that knitted beanie and replace it with a nice sun hat for a weekend out, or a coffee date with a friend. It's an easy way to pull together a casual look or to dress up yesterday's hair! Throw on a statement piece of jewelry and your sun hat and you are good to go!

    Melissa: 

    04-asos-wide-leg-white-pants-h724I've been doing some research on this one, because as a fashionista, I wanted to make sure I was ready to go with some awesome Spring trends for you! These have been the trending items for Spring 2014:

    • Bomber Jackets
    • Wide Legged pants
    • Contrast Collar Jacket / Shirt
    • Pleated Skirts
    Now, if we take those and add them to Kelsey's findings in LA -- the style is hott! A cute pleated skirt with a fabulous sun hat, or wide legged pants with a pair of cute open toe booties. Can you see where we are going with Spring this year?

     

    download3Also, clutches are the new Spring accessory. No more huge, over sized purses...which means no more "everything but the kitchen sink" in your bag ladies. It's about being simple and cute!
    Spring's color is baby blue. I love baby blue! Especially when it comes to cute tops, sun dresses, and shoes. Or you can pair the two and find yourself a cute baby blue clutch!
    Now that you know what the trends are for clothing and accessories, let's refresh you on the jewelry trends for Spring. Top five trends for Spring 2014:
    1. Chains & Links - The wider the link the better. Chains are making a comeback like the 90's.
    2. Geometric Shapes - Big, colorful, geometric styles (necklaces, earrings, bracelets). Don't be scared to make a statement with your jewelry.
    3. Add Color - Color, color, color! Red, blue, green, yellow.
    4. Big & Bold - Just as it states. Jewelry is a way to show your style and attitude, dare to be different.
    5. Golden Glow - Gold is making its comeback with chains. Gold hoops, gold bangles, anything golden.
    There you have it. Here's a collection of our favorite Spring trends! Until next time. Questions or comments, please shoot us an email.

     

     

  • 3 Jewelry Tips for Senior Photos

    Summer and early Fall are perfect times to have family photos and Senior portraits taken. When you're accessorizing for your shoot, there are a couple of guidelines to follow according to our favorite photographers. They all recommend the following 3 jewelry tips:

    1. Keep it Simple 

    Bigger isn't always better. It's ok to wear jewelry that matches your outfit, or adds a little "bling" to your look, but you are the the main attraction so pick pieces that speak to your personal style without stealing the show.

    2. Different Jewelry for Different Outfits 

    If you are going to be changing out your jewelry with your outfits, make it easy for you and the photographer. Put all your jewelry for each outfit in a different zip lock bag and label it: "blue outfit" or "pink outfit" so you can find the right jewelry quickly and easily.

    3. Types of Jewelry 

    Necklaces are great for photos, as they add the touch of "sparkle" to the image. However, necklaces that move a lot or can't stay "centered" on you may look odd in a photo if it shifts out of place. Even if the photographer fixes it before the picture, it can still have a mind of its own and move around between shots. Usually finding a necklace that is symmetrical is a great choice. Another good option is a single pendant (not too large).

     

    ring_(1)-resized-600.jpgUnless it is an engagement photo shoot, rings won't be a focal point item so wear the rings that you wear on a daily basis. The exception to this rule is if you have a large, bright ring that you want to be the area of interest. If this is the case, ask the photographer for pose suggestions that will allow the placement of your hands to be prominent in the photo while looking natural. These can be fun poses that focus on you while showcasing your favorite ring and your personality like these shots by Connie Riggio Photography.

    Bracelets are another item that can be tricky. While photographers wouldn't tell you not to wear them, you should be careful on what you select. Lots of bangles can end up in places on the wrist and arm that can look odd in a photo. Back to the first rule, keep it simple.

    Earrings are where you can play a little more. Depending on how you are wearing your hair, most earrings like studs, hoops or dangles will work well. When choosing earrings keep in mind that some styles like a pair of chandelier earrings can steal the show. If you have your hair up, the earrings may draw the eye away from your face.

    The most important part of any portrait is that it reflects who you are and what shines about your personality. Stay true to what makes you unique and choose pieces that compliment what you want to say about your style.

    If you're still having trouble picking the perfect pieces for your photo session, contact one of our personal shoppers and Kathy or Melissa will help lead you to the perfect pieces that will make your photo shoot sparkle!

    About Day's Jewelers InHouse Photographer: 

    sroy_2Steven Roy

    The first camera I ever used was a Kodak Duoflex that shot 620 film; that’s when I heard my "calling." I was 9 years old. Read More... 

    A big thank you to our other photographers who shared some of their jewelry tips with us for this blog: Danielle Miville and Heather Stone

     

     

  • How To Clean Sterling Silver without Chemicals

    Many of us like to help in keeping the Earth a clean place to live. We see it on Pinterest all the time; ways to make detergents and homemade cleaners and we pin them thinking it's a great idea. This stops us from having to buy the awful chemical items and we help lessen then amount of bottles in landfills.

    One of the common properties of sterling silver is that tarnishes.  Tarnish on sterling silver jewelry  is most often removed by with a specially treated polish cloth or by dipping jewelry into a liquid chemical  created especially for this purpose.  Here is a way to remove tarnish on your sterling silver jewelry with harmless substances found in just about every kitchen.

     

    zen-81. Put a heatproof glass jar in the sink

    2. Fill the jar about 2/3 full with boiling water

    3. Wrap your jewelry loosely in aluminum foil (you can put 2 or 3 pieces in the same packet)

    4. Drop the foil packet into the jar of boiling water

    5. Add 2 heaping tablespoons of baking soda

    6. Watch as the water foams up, possibly overflowing the jar

    7. When the foaming stops, use tongs to retrieve and rinse the hot foil packet

    8. Open the packet and rinse the jewelry

    9. If necessary, brush the jewelry with a toothbrush dipped in warm soapy water to brighten the finish

    (note: you can reuse your aluminum foil for future cleanings)

    This is sometimes referred to as a “redox” or oxidation reduction reaction. Electrolytes emitted from the foil adhere to the sterling silver creating oxygen which removes the tarnish.

     

    melissa_4_webLet us know how it works for you, or if you have any other household jewelry cleaning tips, please share them with us at info@daysjewelers.com.

    Day's Jewelers was established in 1914. We have educated professionals to help with any questions you may have. We are real jewelers, for real people.

    ~MKW

     

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