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  1. What is a Curb Chain?

    What is a Curb Chain?

    All you need to know about the Curb style of Chain Link and all its varieties...

    Unlike newer chains where names are given and evolve, classic styles of chain link have names that have long stuck around for decades and are instantly familiar, and the Curb Chain is a part of the classic chain styles group. Where Fashion trends are historic and standards the basis for much jewellery in Italy and France, the curb is known as Grumetta and a Gourmette Chain respectively.

    How is a curb chain made?
    Like most of the classic styles of Chain Link, which have originated hundreds of years before any of the state of the art technology existed, the Curb chain links were crafted from a round wire that was cut to size and then twisted to create a link shape with distinctive grooves. These grooves allow another curb link of the same width, length and depth to sit snuggly in this little pocket and the pairing process is then repeated with until the right length was produced. From this one base shape, creativity and evolving technology has resulted in several varieties of this Curb Chain Link style to meet the latest fashion trends, but at the heart of the Curb Chain, lies that distinct link shape with two grooves on each side, and the formation of one link paired with another.

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  2. What are the birth flowers for each month? Discover our new & exclusive Sterling Silver Birth Month Flower Collection

    Often a token of sentiment towards another, a bouquet of Flowers are a perfect gift sure to brighten up anyone’s day. But have you ever purchased Flowers, without knowing the deeper meaning? Beyond the colour, exuberance and fresh scents, all varieties of Flower have a deeper symbolic meaning. What’s more interesting are the few types of Flower that are especially dedicated to each month of the year. Our Exclusive Sterling Silver Flower Pendant Collection feature carefully crafted solid Sterling Silver pendants that have been designed and expertly crafted to intimately capture the individual characteristics each Flower possess, making them unique and special.

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  3. The 6 Strongest types of Silver Chain

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    Whether you’re looking to purchase a gift or a cheeky treat for yourself in the form of Silver Chains, when it comes down to making a choice, opting for a Chain made from Sterling Silver is an undeniably great place to start. Silver Chains are the starting point for creating a fashion piece that will stand the test of time but not cost you the Earth. Our styles of chain choice are of varying characteristics such that you’ll feel like playing the lead role in a Charlie and the Chain Factory remake, ranging from: Fine, thin & light vs Thick & Heavy, Bold vs Subtle, Sparkling vs Muted, Intricate vs Simple.

    But when you’re looking to support a cherished Pendant, Locket, Heirloom or keepsake you’ve owned for years or been gifted or even more essential like a medical ID it you need to prioritise the search for a Silver chain that is reliable and sturdy to support such pieces.

    Overall, when you’re really looking for a Silver chain that is characteristically strong we look at it from a production level. This comes down to a combination of:

    • The individual link itself- such as the thickness of the wire it has been made from, the shape of the link and the density of that link (must be solid not hollow)
    • The way each link pairs up with the next link
    • The times that chain has been soldered
    • We might also say the way it has been crafted, as chains with modern technology are able to provide greater consistency than handmade items

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  4. Top 10 Fine Sterling Silver Chains for Pendants

    Fine Sterling Silver Pendant Chains
    Whether you’re looking for a fine Sterling Silver Chain for a Pendant that replaces a broken chain or are looking to inject a new lease of life for a cherished Pendant, in this blog post we’ll suggest the top fine Pendant Chains that are sure to freshen up your look but also provide sturdy & enduring support.

    Before we give you our top 10 fine Pendant Chain suggestions, if you’ve not already read through our in depth blog post on How to select a Sterling Silver Chain for your Pendant we highly recommend to check this out HERE. Even at a brief glance, this blog post will surely help towards making a decision and provides important things to consider when choosing a chain style.

    So let's get started...

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  5. All you need to know about the Foxtail Chain

    Many of the classic styles of Sterling Silver Chains are given names that are easy to remember based on their appearance: Anchor, Ball, Box, Curb, Rope, Wheat. But there’s a style of Sterling Silver Chain that whilst fits within this category, is a chain that is also quite classic, perhaps even historic – The Fox Tail Chain. Similar to a Fox’s Tail in appearance, with layer upon layer of V shapes, arrows or chevrons- this style of chain in our Sterling Silver Classic collection is steeped deep in jewellery chain making history more than you’d know. 

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  6. To Bead or not to Bead? Absolutely!!

    To Bead or not to Bead? Absolutely!!

    The traditional Bead chain consisting of continuous spherical balls of silver wonder are classic styles of Sterling Silver chain and a style that fits well with any of your pendants, and the larger the ball shaped links, the nicer it can be to wear on their own. Most classic bead chains are crafted from this simple spherical type bead ball chain, with ever so perfect smooth polished surfaces. It only takes a few Ball Bead shaped links to capture a ray of light and throw it right back out twice as bright.

    If you love the texture of smooth surfaces, you might also find it difficult to resist that temptation to roll these smoothly polished silver beads between your fingers back and forth obsessively.

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  7. Twisted Sterling Silver Chain Styles: Twisted Rope, Curb, Fox Tail Chains and more

    Within Jewellery the way in which we fashion our look with Sterling Silver Chains is undoubtedly artistic in the way we choose it to be. Most of the popular classic chain link styles such as the Box Chain, Cable Chain, Belcher Chain – all feature basic shapes at the heart of them: Squares, Ovals, Circles.

    At the heart of Twisted Sterling Silver Chain Link styles however, is an evocative shape that beyond the inherent beauty of just the precious metal from which it has been crafted, conveys something deep and meaningful. Depth and meaning subtly paired in jewellery is a thoughtful approach to the way in which you can choose when fashioning your look. How audible you want to make that statement, might be reflected in the visible thickness of that chain, and the depth of that statement reflected in the intimacy, intricacy and craft in which the links are formed together.

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  8. Mens Chunky Silver Chains - A Style Statement That Speaks For Itself

    Mens Chunky Silver Chains - A Style Statement That Speaks For Itself

    It feels like the fabulous warm weather and bright sky spell over has finished quite quickly, after most of the start of the year being predominantly quite chilly for most of us in the UK!

    But don’t be fooled or get bogged down. That short spell is a great taster for the Summer season ahead and a reminder that overall warmer climate for us is sure to be on the horizon. Reminisce about the great times you’ve had in the pleasant temperatures with friends or family and you’ll be sure to realise, it’s a great opportunity to live in the moment and accessorise your outfits on such occasions with jewellery for that finishing touch. With our recent injection of Thicker Sterling Silver Chains into our stock, there’s a number of reasons why you’d be wise to adopt such a chain characteristic when choosing your next style of chain necklace.

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  9. Rhodium and its use as Plating with Sterling Silver Chains and Bracelets

    Rhodium and its use as Plating with Sterling Silver Chains and Bracelets

    What Rhodium is

    Rhodium is simply a precious metal, just as Gold and Silver. But more specifically is closely related to Platinum – another well-known pricey precious metal. We all know or at least think the KING of precious metal in terms of monetary value is Gold or Platinum. But start to compare this value of Rhodium versus Gold and you’ll quickly find Rhodium is more expensive than that of Gold in its raw, unaltered state. It’s been this way for a long time. In fact, at the time of writing this Rhodium is approximately 40% higher than Gold.

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  10. How to select a Sterling Silver Chain for your Pendant

    How to choose a Sterling Silver Pendant Chain

    With today being the start of British Summer time, signifying longer days and shorter nights, we thought it would be a great time to publish our blog post that will help to consider the best types of Sterling Silver Chain to match your Pendant - whether the intention is for style, comfort or functionality. When it comes to meeting people and being out and about, necklaces, pendants and other neckwear can often be one of the first things someone will notice, with the neck being at an eye-level. 

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