How to choose a gold chain
Gold chain is an ornament that always catches the eye. Among the entire set of accessories, it attracts the most attention. You can buy a gold chain at any jewelry store. But when choosing it, it is important to take into account several main points:
the length of the decoration;
type of weaving;
the color of the precious metal;
the ability to combine the chain with other jewelry accessories.
How to choose the optimal length of the gold chain
The first and main parameter determining the optimal length of the chain is the neck girth. If the chain is too short, it will cause discomfort to its owner and distort the proportions of the body, visually increasing the neck and chin. The same with an excessively long chain – it will look quite ridiculous.
Universal size for a female gold chain is 40–50 cm, for a male one –50–60 cm. But these figures are quite subjective. The best thing is to build on individual parameters.
Determining the optimal length
Method 1. Measure the girth of the neck so that the measuring tape (string) does not fit too tightly against the neck, and multiply the figure by 2.
Method 2. Attach the lace exactly as you want the gold chain to lie. Measure the resulting segment.
Method 3. Add to the neck circumference 5-10 cm.
Method 4. Measure the length of the existing chain, which, in your opinion, sits perfectly.
Consider the features of the figure
If the neck is long and graceful, the chain may fit against the neck. With such a chain, you can wear necklines “boat” or fully open shoulders.
For ladies up to 165 cm in height, it is better to give preference to chains no longer than 40–50 cm in length. Chains over 50 cm look harmonious on tall women between 165–170 cm.
The round shape of the face visually approaches the ideal oval due to the elongated model of the chain.
In adulthood, it is better for a woman to shift the accents from the neck area to the decollete area. This can also be done by choosing an elongated model of decoration. Thus, with the help of an accessory, attention is distracted from the imperfections of the skin.
The women’s chain of 70–80 cm. Is not a universal gold jewelry. This accessory is chosen specifically for the dress. Depending on the dress, a long chain can be worn in one or two rows.
The children’s gold chain must be strong, so that the crumb does not tear it, and free, so that it does not squeeze the child’s neck. As a rule, the length of a children’s chain is in the range of 30–35 cm.
What is the difference between gold chains from each other?
The main fundamental difference between gold chains lies in the type of weaving. The overall style of the accessory and its cost depend on it. It is the weaving that determines:
how durable the decoration;
to whom it is more suitable (man, woman or child).
The name of the anchor weaving received from the prototype – the chain with which the sailors fix the anchor. In such a weaving, the links are interconnected perpendicularly. There are several subspecies of anchor weaving. They differ:
the presence of jumpers (sea chain);
the form of links (round links – weaving “rollo”, square or rectangular links – Venetian weaving);
the number of rings in one link (double anchor weaving, cord weaving).
Anchor weaving is quite durable. This piece of jewelry will suit both men and women and children.
For durability and reliability this weaving has no equal. Bismarck is notable for its increased strength due to the fact that there are multidirectional fragments in the links. This weaving happens:
Bismarck is considered one of the most time consuming weaving.
Another universal type of weaving. The links, located in the same plane, form the so-called “chain mail” (shell). Subtypical weave types are different:
the shape and size of the links (nonna, figaro, love);
arrangement of links (snake, snail, twisted weaving).
Types of locks on gold chains
Types of locks:
The most common lock for gold chains is the carbine. This is a simple and durable fastener. The design of the carabiner has a loop with a clip. The loop, getting to a connecting ring, provides reliable fastening.
drop shaped (“crabs”).
The sturdy construction of the carabiner allows it to be used on massive gold chains. This is its main advantage compared with the trussed locks.
Gold chain color
The color of the metal – the individual choice of each. Here it is better to rely not on fashion trends, but on what suits you best.
Yellow, red or white gold – the chain in any shade to look stylish and beautiful, if you are able to competently combine it with other jewelry in the set.
Chain and other decorations
If the gold chain is quite massive, you should not combine it with large earrings.