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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

  • Why Does My White Gold Ring Turn Yellow?

    The other day a customer came in with a ring she purchased about a year ago.  She asked me, "Is it just me, or does this look like my white gold ring is turning yellow to you too?"  Before I could answer, she promptly informed me the store where she purchased it told her it was 14kt white gold.  She felt she was misled and the ring was some base metal that had been plated and she was obviously upset about the situation.

    Unfortunately, we run into this in the jewelry industry far too often.  Why? Because we as jewelers do a poor job explaining the metals and gemstones we sell.  We are also guilty of assuming that everyone has all the basics of jewelry knowledge that we possess.  These two items lead to more confusion and anger on the part of our guests than anything else we do.

    What does 14kt really mean?

     

    3380711Any understanding of why white gold turns yellow and behaves the way it does should begin with a definition of the word karat.  Karat is a measure of the purity of gold, not to be confused with carat, which is the weight of a diamond.  In the karat system, pure gold is defined as 24 karat.  So what is 14 karat and what does that mean? Substitute the word karat with parts, so 14 karat becomes 14/24 parts of gold.

    Now, some basic rules with the process of creating different gold colors: more copper in the alloy gives you pink gold; more silver gives green; more nickel or palladium gives white.  Sort of.  In 14 karat and above, the majority of the metal alloy is gold and therefore yellow.  So the color will always have some inclination to the yellow shade.  Pink and green cover the color well because of their darker tone.  White not as well.  Consider a cup of coffee.  It starts as dark brown.  You decide to add creamer, which is white.  What is the resulting color?  A light shade of brown.  Certainly not the true color of coffee, but also not the pure white of the creamer.  Adding nickel or palladium to gold is no different than adding the creamer to the coffee.  It simply makes the alloy less yellow, not white.

    Why are the white gold rings in a jeweler's case so white? 

    Ok, how do jewelers get their white gold rings to be white?  All the white gold you see in a jewelry store is plated with a white metal called rhodium.  Rhodium is an element on the periodic table...just like gold and platinum.  In fact, rhodium is in the platinum family and shares some of the properties of platinum.  The property jewelers like it for is the color.  It is a naturally white metal.  It is also very precious and usually trades at prices similar to gold and platinum but can sometimes greatly exceed them as well when supply tightens.

    So, what makes white gold turn yellow?

    This plating does wear off in time, exposing the metal beneath.  How long that takes depends on the person wearing the jewelry and the conditions they put the jewelry in. The rule of thumb: the more the jewelry rubs on things, the faster it wears.  Rings tend to wear the fastest, while earrings seldom need the rhodium replaced.  On average, plating on a ring will generally be nearly or completely gone within one year's time.  Lastly, full service jewelers like Day's Jewelers can replace the plating on your ring in store. The process usually takes about 2-3 days.

    What happened with the guest?

    I offered to inspect her ring for her and it was indeed 14 karat white gold.  She had been wearing the ring daily for just about a year and the ring was showing a mild tint of yellow on the base of the ring and the sides.  The rhodium finish was clearly worn off and needed to be replaced.  Unfortunately, the jeweler who sold her the ring neglected to explain these simple facts to her and created an upset guest.  Once I had assured her this was indeed normal and they simply did not explain white gold properly, she decided to leave the ring with me to have the rhodium replaced.  When she picked up the ring, we had returned it to her as it appeared the she first purchased it.  She left happy and with a better understanding of jewelry which made us happy as well.

     

    About the Blogger: 

    MarkPoulinMark Poulin, Store Manager,
    Day's Jewelers Auburn

    Mark's favorite part about his job is customer service, he loves working with customers and teaching them about jewelry. He provides his customers with all the information they need to make an informed decision about their jewelry purchases. He has a wealth of knowledge and is always willing to answer questions.

    Learn more about Mark.

     

     

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