Once you’ve solved the questions of chain style, strength and comfort? Were you forgetting about anything else? Surely by now you've checked all that you'd needed? You're excited to get it onto your pendant and wear it for a night out, but as you start to pass the end of the chain through the pendant, alas it gets stuck at the entry point of the pendant hole! You might be tempted to think it just needs a good push, but by doing that you'll risk damage the end of the chain leading to unsightly dents.
You’ve probably been in this scenario: you’ve showered and freshened up ready to go out on your daily routine, an evening or a special day out. You’re all dressed and almost ready to head out the door with just the final pièce de résistance left to put on in the form of your favourite fashion accessory- your necklaces, chains or bracelets.
Your beautiful, dazzling jewellery made with Chain links are ready to put on around your neck or your wrists. But you’re wincing in anticipation that your hairs- whether fine or long, are about to be jerked out at the base of your neck or wrist. Just the mere thought of it can be enough to make your eyes water right?
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a man or woman and you wear chain links on your neck or your wrist, when the links are brushing with the hairs on either of those areas on your body the annoying sensation are along the same lines. We’ve all been there and it’s enough to make you feel why you’d ever bothered.
If you haven’t heard of the style of Chain Link known as a Box Chain, now is a good as time as any to get acquainted with one of the most evolving chain styles in modern times. As one of the most recognised Chain Link styles, alongside the Curb, Belcher, Rope and Figaro the Box Chain is a truly timeless classic. Just like the vast majority of enduring Chain Link styles it’s name originates from its appearance.
The Heart of a Box Chain
At the heart of this classic style of link is a simple shape resembling a Box. You may think that it is far too basic a shape to have any charisma. But this 4 sided square shape with flat shiny surfaces when paired closely with another identical link, begins to forms the basis of an attractive and sleek chain link style. Whether you choose to admire it from the side, the top or the bottom you’ll find perfect symmetry all around. Available to wear as either Silver Chains or Silver Bracelets the Box Chain is also known as a ‘Venetian’ Chain Link style owing to it’s origins from the historically artisan city Venice, Italy. With such heritage, it’s easy to appreciate the reason why this chain style possesses a stylish yet natural allure.
Whilst in fashionwear trends evolve in cycles- whether seasonally, yearly or even longer, how often the scene changes can equally apply to whether it’s clothing itself or accessories such as jewellery. Precious metal jewellery however is a segment of jewellery, which features material that tends to be created with a longer period in mind. Specifically Platinum, Gold, Sterling Silver and more are the most recognised precious metals and related trends generally stick around a lot longer- at least a year or two. Very often some styles also go beyond all sense of time to form classic collections that defy the “in fashion” or “out of fashion” labelling and once you’ve formed a bond with the item it can last even longer and be passed on as heirlooms.
Opting for Mens Silver Chains are specific types of jewellery accessory that when worn naturally enhance an outfit. Whether that outfit is intended for an everyday wear look or that sharp occasional look that makes a unique statement, our collection of Mens Silver Chains will help complete a variety of looks and styles. Whether you’re gifting jewellery for Men, or are a Man that is in pursuit for inspiration to evolve your Chain Game- this post will help you stay a step ahead in discovering the Top Trends for Men’s Silver Chains for 2019.
Whilst fashion trends in jewellery come and go, the taste for Gold in jewellery continues to stand firm in its different incarnations, whether rings, bracelets, chains, necklaces and more. In this blog post we’re going to explore this trend of Gold as used as a plating on Sterling Silver Chains and the evolving mindset towards Gold fashioned onto Sterling Silver Chains to create pieces that are just as spectacular as solid Gold Chains.
Natural attraction to Gold
Little explanation is required to know that Gold itself has been historically been valued highly by cultures all across the world over thousands of years in jewellery- whether in religious or cultural practices or as a reflection of status, such as Royalty. In fact many ancient cultures closely associate Gold with the Sun, and Royalty, with the Sun being the King and life giver on Earth and solar system, it’s not wonder Gold is almost engrained in mind to be valued quite highly.
Sourced from deep beneath the earth, this precious metal has undoubtedly been one of the highest valued materials on the planet and whilst it may be difficult to put into words a single reason for the attraction to this naturally bright yellow metal, one thing is for sure- when it’s crafted into jewellery it’s charm surely magnifies tenfold.
Gold Chains themselves can be vibrant whatever the purity of Gold from which it has been crafted- whether 24ct, 22ct, 18ct, 14ct or 9ct since each emanate a different shade of Yellow suitable to our own tastes. The only difference however between each level of these purities are the relative cost. 9ct Gold being less expensive and 24ct being higher owing to the purity and concentration of gold content increasing at each increment.
Since the price of Gold being assessed on its weight, and Gold now being at all time high (at least 5-6 times more than 20 years ago) when you’re looking to accessories with Gold Chains and Necklaces, an evolving trend has emerged that maintains the luxury of the Gold appearance, yet won’t cost the earth- Gold Plated Chains on Sterling Silver.
So, what are Gold Plated Chains on Sterling Silver?
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.
The most common question we get asked is how to care for Sterling Silver Jewellery, such as Chains, Bracelets, Earrings, Pendants, Anklets, Nose studs. Our quick tips below apply to all Sterling Silver Jewellery, which we hope you’ll find useful.
In general, most concerns we hear when caring for Sterling Silver, is the colour. Genuine Sterling Silver jewellery is a precious metal and doesn’t “corrode” or “rust”. These are associated terms for metals which structurally disintegrate leaving unrepairable. Sterling Silver does not behave like this and any affects of discolouration are in most cases temporary.
Gold, Platinum and Silver are the three kings of the precious metals and their royal kingdoms are situated within the world of jewellery. Specifically, Silver which is a natural and pure commodity arising from out of the Earth has been commercially used for thousands of years.
In this post I will be skipping the history of Silver and share with you some useful insights into the ownership of this wonderful shiny metal not only because our jewellery products are crafted using Silver, but more to provide some clarity as there is often confusion over the differences between its various forms especially when shopping for jewellery.
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