Have you ever thought about how necklaces are made? Or if they can be repaired? Are you a beginner in the jewellery realm and don’t know where to start? Are you just a curious person who wants to know whatever niche facts you can? Well, to the yeses and the nos - you’ve arrived at the right location. We, here at Blingvine, have conducted thorough research and prepared a comprehensive guide on the most common questions asked about necklaces.
Usually, when people go to buy a necklace, they tend to just see the prettiest of the pieces and make their decision. It is not often that people think about the behind the scenes of what led to the moment that the necklace came to their hand. Afterall, who really has the time to search for the answer to every question that pops into their head? This is exactly why we’ve created this guide - to answer all such queries in one place, creating a go-to guide for all things necklaces.
Well then, let’s begin, shall we?
What Are The Types Of Necklaces?
Next time you pass a jewellery store, or come across a bunch of necklaces, take a good look at them. Observe their differences and similarities. You’ll find that there are numerous types and styles of necklaces. Unfortunately, there’s not really a definitive answer to that. Some say 12, some 10 and some in between. After going through various compilations and lists, we’ve decided to only focus on the most common and popular types of necklaces. These include - choker, princess, collar, chain, bib, locket and many more. Among these, chain necklaces tend to top the popularity list. You’re most probably familiar with, but just in case you’re not, chain necklaces are exactly what they sound like - a necklace consisting of a simple chain. This type makes for a minimalistic everyday wear accessory.
How Are Necklace Chains Made?Now that you’ve been introduced to what chain necklaces are, let’s acknowledge another popular query of how these chains are made. Chains for necklaces are made of various alloys consisting mostly of metals such as gold, silver and rose gold. These alloys are shaped to form wires, which are then stitched in different styles according to the type of chain that is required for the jewellery. Yes, there are different styles of knots and attachments that are used to stitch the chain. Next, the long chain is cut into the desired lengths. The process comes to an end when a necklace clasp is fastened to the chain. It may sound like a simple process, but it has been improved and perfected over centuries.
How Are Necklaces Made?Often asked, this question almost never receives a satisfying answer. While explaining how a chain is created is a simple step-by-step process, the answer to how necklaces as a whole are made, is totally dependent on the type of necklace. The materials and process changes as the type of necklace changes. A simple chain necklace is made as described before while a princess necklace has a totally different process of creation.
What Are The Different Types Of Clasps?
A clasp is the piece that holds the necklace together. Often taken for granted, the clasp is an essential part of the necklace that can cause major issues if not chosen according to your requirements. There are many types of clasps such as the lobster claw, spring ring closure, magnetic, toggle and the box. While they serve the same purpose of closing the necklace, they differ in the niches they serve - such as usability for ones with dexterity issues, smaller hands and aesthetics.
Can Necklace Chains Be Repaired?
Technically, yes. Jewellers can fix the chains depending on the type. The common varieties of cobble and curb chains are easily fixed since they are made up of simple interlocking links. However, varieties that have complex designs, such as ball or rope chains, can only be repaired by experienced jewellers. The processes of fixing simple chains includes soldering and twisting the wires that make up the chain. While it sounds simple to a layman, the process is an extremely delicate one, during which a single mistake can cause the chain to be replaced completely.
Now that you’re more familiar with necklaces and their attributes, you’re more likely to buy a piece that’s best suited for you. It can seem unimportant, but the next time you’re in a hurry and need to shop for a necklace set, you’ll be glad to have known the ins and outs of its workings.