It's sturdy especially compared to hollow rope chain and flat chains
like the herringbone. The thicker the chain, the stronger it is. It's
ideal for suspending pendants and charms. However, heavier the
pendant, the thicker the chain should be. Eventhough it can be
repaired to look like new, it's not easy to repair as a solid link
chain. Hand-made rope however is easier to repair than the
Rope Chain: The tiny flat surfaces on the chain reflect light
like the facets of a gemstone and give the chain a brighter look. The
process of cutting these surfaces is called diamond cutting. Since
diamond-cut rope sparkles more than the standard rope, it tends to
sell better. Some jewelers have had customers complain that
diamond-cut rope snags their clothes. Other jewelers say their
customers are pleased with it. The cause of this discrepency is
probably that the chains are made by different companies. Part of the
problem may be the use of old instead of new diamonds to cut their
facets. When buying diamond-cut rope, brush it with your clothing and
run lightly through your fingers to see if it snags or scratches.
Most of the box chains in the market are small and lightweight. As
its name indicates, this chain looks like a line of little boxes
linked together. It's most frequently used to hang pendants and
charms. Naturally, the thicker the box link will be, the stronger the
chain will be.
Due to its
flat surfaces which reflect light, box chain may look brighter than
some other small chains. Box chain might break if it is very thin,
and some of it does not allow pendants to roll as easily as a rope or
The most popular flat chain on the market is the herringbone. Some
jewelers won't stock it as it kinks so easily. It offers a big look
at low price. The flatness of the chain makes it wider than other
types of chain of the same weight and price. It often looks shiner
than rope and link chain. This is due to light reflecting off a
broader surface area. It's available in a wide variety of styles and
finishes. It's not durable. It's not a good chain for pendant. It is
hard to repair it properly.
Solid-link chains get the highest rating from jewelers and chain
dealers alike. Link chain comes in wide variety of styles. One that
is particularly popular in anchor chain. Virtually, it is often
refered to the Gucci chain. Another popular link chain is the figaro.
It usually has an alternating pattern of one large and three small
lnks. Linl chain s also comes in wide variety of sizes- from the
small, basic chain termed cable to striking jumbo necklaces and
bracelets. Normally the thicker the link the stronger itis, provided
it is solid and well soldered. A link chain that has been twisted
about 85 degrees and then flattened is often called a curb link.
Rope Chain: Considering its complexity, handmade rope is
relatively inexpensive. There are various qualities of handmade rope.
A high quality 14k rope will have: A good way to compare the weave is
to twist rope slightly. A loosely assembled rope will untwist to a
larger length than one which is tighter. It' strong and a good chain
for pendants. I's easy to repair and it's flexible and hangs nicely.
right chain or necklace isn't hard. Several factors steer this
decision, including age, body shape and body composition.
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