Sterling silver and 14k gold necklace chains are available in an assortment of styles. When selecting a chain for your pendant necklace, you'll want to consider not only the link design, but also the overall length, mm thickness, clasp type, and method of fabrication. We've put together this handy guide of the most popular chain styles for pendant necklaces to help you find your perfect match.
Chain Lengths - Necklace length, as well as the style, is largely a matter of personal taste. Take into consideration your body frame, height, and the neckline of your outfit when selecting a chain length. Consider combining multiple chains of varying lengths to create a layered look. The average adult woman’s neck circumference measures between 14 and 15 inches. The measurements below show how standard chain lengths typically lie around the neck. If your neck circumference measurement is significantly different than 14-15 inches, you will want to add or subtract length to get the necklace chain to fall as you desire.
The average man has a 16 inch neck circumference. Necklaces for men are usually found in lengths ranging from 18–24 inches with 20 inches being the most common length. In general, an 18 inch length necklace sits at the base of a man's neck. A 20 inch length sits at the collarbone and a 22 inch length sits slightly below the collarbone. A 24 inch length necklace sits just above the sternum. Again, remember that if your neck circumference measurement is significantly different than 16 inches, you will want to add or subtract length to get the necklace to fall as you desire.
Chain Thickness - Chain thickness is measured in mm. You likely want to be able to maintain a certain aesthetic that draws attention to the beauty of the pendant without having the chain appearing too bulky. At the same time, remember that the higher the mm thickness, the sturdier the chain. The comparison below may help you to visualize common chain thickness.
Chain Clasps - Spring and lobster clasps are the two most common types of self-closing clasps used for chain necklaces. As the name implies a spring clasp is a round ring that opens and closes with a spring. These clasps can be a bit more difficult to open, so may people prefer a lobster clasp. A lobster clasp has an elongated oval shape base with a carabineer-type closure which makes it sturdier and less prone to damage.
Methods of Fabrication - Be sure to purchase a chain that has been crafted from individually soldered links. Soldering closes the individual links so that gaps cannot form. Soldered link chains provide additional strength that helps prevent breakage.
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