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NECKLACES & PENDANTS
Types of Chains
- Cable Chain. The cable chain is one of the most classic and popular types of chains. This type of chain was created from interlocking oval links which are symmetrical, and uniform in width and thickness These cable links are fairly easy to make and work well with delicate pendants.
- Curb Chain. The curb chain is a variation of the cable chain with uniformly sized round or oval links that have been twisted and often diamond cut so that they lie flat along a surface.
- Marine Chain. The marine chain is named for its similarity to nautical chains. It is comprised of oval links, each of which has a horizontal bar across the center. Marine links are similar to cable chains in that they can interlock, and curb links in that they rest flat.
- Figaro Chain. The figaro chain is a modified version of the curb chain. The interlocking flat links vary in size and a pattern is usually formed with trios of smaller links alternating with an elongated oval link. These chains are usually worn by men and are often adorned with pendants such as crosses and medallions. The name “figaro” is Italian -- chain makers were inspired by famous operas and plays, one of which featured a barber named Figaro.
- Rope Chain. The rope chain is the most popular textural chain style. The chain links of a rope chain are twisted and looped together in a pattern resembling a rope.
- Wheat Chain. The wheat chain is named for its appearance similar to that of the tips of wheat stalks. Oval and twisted oval links are twisted together in the same direction to form the wheat chain.
- Bead Chain. The bead chain is consisted of ball-shaped links that are connected with small breaks between them. Bead chains are generally used for dog tags, keychains and ornamental jewelry.
- Omega Chain. An omega chain is a notably shiny chain formed by flat plates crimped together over a mesh interior. The omega chain has a semi-rigid structure, which gives it a unique look. An omega chain is perfect to wear as is or to wear with a slide pendant. It is usually a short chain that can be worn as a choker.
- Snake Chain. A snake chain is not made up of traditional links. It has round, wavy metal plate looking links that are joined together forming a flexible chain. The end result is a smooth, round look with a zigzag pattern, resembling that of a snake.
- Box Chain. A box chain is composed of square links arranged side-by-side to create a smooth, 4-sided shape.
- Herringbone Chain. The herringbone chain is formed from pressing v-shaped links, which are arranged in alternating directions. The end result is a flat and fluid design. The “herringbone” pattern was named after the unique skeletal structure of a herring fish.
Types of Clasps
The spring ring clasp is one of the most common types of clasps you will see on all kinds of jewelry pieces. As the name suggests, the metal ring has a spring mechanism. To open the spring ring clasp, pull back on the small lever and the spring will compress. This will leave an opening for you to slide the jump ring inside. Releasing the lever causes the clasp to lock automatically. The spring ring clasp is very versatile and secure. However, it can be difficult to fasten this type of clasp with one hand and particularly if the clasp is super small.
The lobster clasp is named for its resemblance to a lobster claw. It is a spring-loaded and self-closing style of clasp. To open the lobster clasp, simply push down on the lever with your thumb and the bottom of the “claw” will swing inward. To close, release the lever. Lobster clasps are available in a variety of sizes, including a swivel style in which the clasp can rotate 360 degrees independently of the jewelry. The swivel style lobster clasp is ideal for jewelry that tends to move around a lot, like bracelets and anklets.
The toggle clasp is a very unique style of clasp. It is made of 2 distinctly different pieces: an open circle is at one end, while the other end has a long bar, or “T.” To close the toggle clasp, the bar is slipped through the open circle. Toggle clasps come in many different sizes and embellishments, and can be used on any type of jewelry. Usually, toggle clasps are designed to add an aesthetic design and a decorative accent. Toggle clasps are best used on heavier pieces of jewelry to ensure that there is enough pressure so that the bar doesn’t slip out during wear.
Barrel clasps are made of two metal pieces that screw together. Each piece is attached to one end of the piece of jewelry and, when screwed together, resemble a barrel. These clasps are very versatile, come in many different finishes and sizes, and can even be decorative. Often, they are simple, either solid gold or silver, and designed to blend in with the rest of the jewelry. The main drawback to this kind of clasp is that it requires two hands to fasten, so it’s not ideal unless you have another person to help you put it on.
The fishhook clasp is a less popular type of clasp. One end is a metal hook, and the other is a oval box. The hook is fastened inside the oval box, and can sometimes even lock due to a spring mechanism. Fishhook clasps can be really ornate and decorated with diamonds. This type of clasp can be tricky one-handed, and is more popular for a necklace than a bracelet.
A magnetic clasp is composed of two magnetic pieces that attract one another and snap together. Magnetic clasps come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles -- magnetic clasps can be square, rectangular round, small, large, delicate, or texturized with rhinestones. These clasps are easy to fasten, work well with all types of jewelry, and are particularly good for older women with limited dexterity.
So, you know now which types of chains you like best and which chain clasps are best for you, but, what length?
The Different Lengths of Necklaces
- Collar - 12 - 14 inches
- Choker - 14 - 16 inches
- Princess - 16 - 18 inches
- Matinee - 20 - 22 inches
- Opera - 30 - 36 inches
- Rope - 36 inches and above
Popular Necklace Styles
Diamond Tennis Necklace
Diamond Station Necklace
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Diamond Necklaces in Boca Raton
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