How often have you visited a jewellery designer’s booth and loved a pendant or bracelet they had, but somehow it just didn’t look quite right? Many designers fall into the trap of buying a ‘one size fits all’ Sterling Silver Chain they put all of their pendants on, often forgetting that a chain can make or break the look of a necklace.
A solitary Sterling Silver Pendant often looks elegant hanging from a simple Sterling Silver Chain. The clean lines and uniform color allow it to be paired with an assortment of ensembles and to be worn in a variety of situations.
However, the creation of a beautiful and balanced piece is not as simple as pairing a Sterling Silver Pendant with any Sterling Silver Chain. The thickness and structure of the chain are as important to the overall feel of the necklace as the pendant itself is. A heavy, complex chain would overwhelm a small, delicate silver pendant, while a chain that is too fine might look out of place with a more robust pendant.
When finding a chain to match a Sterling Silver Pendant, there are three characteristics that should be considered: size of the pendant, the delicacy of the pattern, and complexity of the design.
Generally, small Sterling Silver Pendants work best with a thin chain. However, a large pendant does not necessarily work best with a thick chain. The chain should be strong enough to hold the pendant, but its thickness should match the delicacy of the pendant. A large but finely wrought pendant would be overbalanced by a heavy chain. But, a heavy chain would pair nicely with a chunkier pendant.
Along with size and delicacy, the complexity of the pendant can determine the best chain to match it with. A very simple pendant, a shape perhaps, does well with a complex chain which can add dimension to the piece. However, a more complex pendant demands a more basic chain, so the focus can remain on the pendant.
So, when choosing a chain to match a pendant, don’t just pick the first one that you see. Consider your options, and make a tasteful choice. You’ll be much happier with the end result!
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