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JEWELRY GUIDE

NECKLACE
CHAIN GUIDE

CHAIN STYLES

ROPE

A delicate addition that keeps the attention on you.

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CURB

Flat, interlocking, identical links. Simple..

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FIGARO

An Italian classic of patterned sequences.

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MARINER

Anchor your style in this maritime-inspired design.

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CABLE

A durable design with centuries of heritage.

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SINGAPORE

Twisted, braided fibers for strength and integrity.

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VALENTINO

Unique designs from a fashion powerhouse.

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ROPE

CURB

FIGARO

MARINER

CABLE

SINGAPORE

VALENTINO

CHAIN STYLES

ROPE

CURB

FIGARO

MARINER

CABLE

SINGAPORE

VALENTINO

CHAIN LENGTH

Length is one of the most important considerations when choosing a chain. Choosing the right necklace length can complement an outfit, showcase your style, and highlight your best features. Chains are the most versatile piece out there: they can be subtle and understated or a show-stopper for special occasions.

CHOKER

14 - 16 INCHES

Sitting around the base of the neck just above the collar line, choker necklaces can be worn with almost anything.

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PRINCE

17 - 19 INCHES

Princess-length necklaces work equally well with high and low necklines. They're often designed with added enhancements, such as pendants.

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MATINEE

20 - 27 INCHES

Suitable for both formal and casual wear, matinee necklaces are great for high collars, such as turtlenecks, and are also great for layering.

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OPERA

28 - 36 INCHES

Opera necklaces sit at or just below the center of the chest. They're a great addition to any eye-catching ensemble—hence the name.

CHAIN GAUGE

In addition to length, chain gauge is the other
main sizing factor for necklaces.

ROPE GAUGE

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GAUGE

  • 040
  • 036
  • 032
  • 028
  • 024
  • 020
  • 016
  • 014
  • 012

CURB GAUGE

REFERENCE

GAUGE

  • 150
  • 120
  • 100
  • 080
  • 060

FIGARO GAUGE

REFERENCE

GAUGE

  • 150
  • 120
  • 100
  • 080
  • 060
  • 050

METAL TYPE AND STRENGTH

Why does the type of metal matter when it comes to necklaces? It's not only about appearance: it's about strength, price, versatility, and suitability for everyday wear. These are the four most common choices for necklaces—and our full jewelry metals guide covers everything.

STERLING SILVER

Less expensive than gold, sterling silver is a popular metal for use in jewelry such as earrings, pendants, bracelets, and, of course, necklaces. Prone to oxidization over time, this white-grey metal is perfect for occasional jewelry that will not be worn on a daily basis or for an extended period.

GOLD

The most popular choice for jewelry, gold comes in a variety of colors (yellow, white, rose) and karats (10K, 14K, 18K), which measures the proportion of pure gold. The higher the karat, the higher the price—but higher-karat necklaces will also stand up to everyday wear better than lower-karat pieces.

BRASS

Brass isn't only affordable, durable, and low maintenance—it also has a subtle, gold-like sheen that suggests elegant sophistication. Pure brass contains only zinc and copper, making it one of the most suitable choices for those with allergies or sensitive skin.

STAINLESS STEEL

Although not traditionally used in fine jewelry, stainless steel is gaining popularity—especially in men's jewelry. Even so, its relative newness usually means selections of stainless steel jewelry are usually fairly limited. It is both hard and durable, making it the ideal choice for everyday pieces.

STRENGTH

CLASP IS KEY

There are many different types of clasps in the world of jewelry. But when it comes to necklaces, there are only two main choices for a secure fastening: spring-ring and lobster claw.

SPRING-RING CLASP

Spring-ring clasps open with a spring-loaded lever that slides along a circular ring. They're often used to secure necklaces, bracelets, and anklets, but can sometimes be tricky to use—especially on very delicate pieces.

LOBSTER CLAW CLASP

Lobster claw clasps also have a spring-loaded mechanism, but instead feature an arm that opens inwards. Some people consider lobster claw clasps to be the easier to open and close than spring-ring clasps.

EXTENDABLE CLASP

Extendable clasps are a great way to make your jewelry more versatile. They come with more than one ring that the clasp can be attached to and can be anywhere from one to three inches, easily transforming your choker into a princess or matinee.

TONGUE AND GROOVE CLASP

Tongue and groove clasps are easily the most decorative of all, seamlessly blending into the design of the jewelry. They have a tongue that slides into the box and locks with an audible click and usually have a safety clasp on the side.

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