Chains can be used to dramatically suspend gems, stones, jewelry beads, and all manner of precious materials. Chains are also of strong aesthetic value in their own right and can be crucially instrumental in defining the visual feel of a bracelet or necklace. Link patterns are a critical determining factor in a chain, and the jewelry designer certainly isn’t at a shortage of styles to choose from: square, round, oval, diamond, rolo, satellite, figure-eight, heart-shaped, and snake chain link styles are all waiting to be experimented with in any combination.
Chain material should also be of consideration. Sterling silver is a well-known classic chain and provides a sophisticated look even on a tight budget. Gold filled chains are more affordable than solid gold, but can also last a lifetime with the proper care. Rhodium plated sterling chain has an even more brilliant appeal with the added benefit of Rhodium’s immensely durable physical integrity. Gold vermeil chain achieves a different kind of refinement without the soft consistency and high price of pure gold, and gold-filled chains offer the radiant visual effect of high purity with no risk of tarnish over time.