Necklaces can be considered the epitome of Jewellery, the grandeur nature of necklace sets is something that finishes a fashion statement. Necklaces can also be very simple to look at, but the impact that necklaces have on the overall look is something that cannot be overlooked. No matter what fashion statement one is going for, there is always a necklace in the mix to provide that extra class and elegance.
As we all know necklaces are of many types and necklaces generally mean a band that is worn around a neck. In ancient times, flower garlands, leaves and fish bones were used as necklaces and the person wearing a necklace was considered to be from a royal background or of noble stature. As time passed by different materials were used to make necklaces and with technology evolving every day, jewellery became more affordable and jewellery became a common household item.
Making necklaces is always intriguing and oftentimes making necklaces and jewellery in general, is a mix of both art and science. In this article, we see how necklaces are made and the different components to keep in mind while making a necklace.
Selecting Base Materials
It is very important to choose the base materials that are used in making a necklace set. The base material defines the type of necklace chain and plays a major role in determining the other elements of the necklace set.
Several materials can be used as base materials when it comes to making a necklace chain. A few materials that are used in making necklaces are gold, silver, stainless steel, thread, and base metals like copper and brass.
Gold is the most common material used in making a necklace chain. Gold is a malleable metal and is sturdy when combined with base metals like copper. The malleable gold is then shaped into different types of gold chains which then act like a base structure which shapes the necklace into the band that it is.
Gold chains can be used without any extra elements as well and these chains come in many different forms and have an amazing look to them that radiates both simplicity and luxury at the same time.
Silver too is a malleable metal and is often combined with base metals to make the metal more ductile. Silver chains are also used in solitary without any extra elements but can also be used with pendants and pearls if needed.
These metals are first extracted, and then the impurities are removed. The pure metals are then molten and then made into desired shapes, and in this case, links that are further combined to make a necklace chain.
Type of Necklace
After understanding the base materials that can be used in making the necklace chain, the next step is to determine the length of the necklace chain. The length of the necklace chain helps in deciding other materials needed to give the necklace set a finishing touch.
There are four popular necklace lengths and each length brings forth a different style and different perspective for the look that one is going for.
They are short in length and are generally made with various materials like gold, leather, velvet, etc. Choker necklaces are very close to the throat and are made by bending the metals if any used to the desired shape, extra elements are then added to the chain which we will look at in the next section.
Its length is slightly longer than chokers in terms of length. This type of necklace is usually made out of metals and stainless steel. For this kind of necklace, the metal links are joined together to form a chain. The chain is then studded with various types of gemstones and crystals to obtain the desired look.
They are long in terms of length when compared to the above-mentioned necklaces. This necklace design is too usually made by joining metal links together to form a chain and then other elements like stones, pendants, diamonds, pearls, etc. are added.
Their chains are very long and usually made of strong stainless steel and then complimented with pearls that usually make for the entire necklace.
Now that the materials for the base are determined and the type of necklace is chosen the next step is to choose the different materials that will finish off the entire necklace set.
Gemstones are the most common materials used while making a necklace set, these gemstones are either precious or semi-precious and these stones are what define the necklace set!
The gemstones are generally studded in the pockets, and these pockets are usually made from the same name metal as the chain through a mould. The gemstones are then studded in a pattern and the desired necklace is then formed.
Diamonds are precious stones that are used in many kinds of necklaces but princess necklaces have a high density of diamonds. Diamonds too are studded within the frames of the pockets like how other gemstones are studded.
When a simple necklace is required then a pendant will be the go-to option. Pendant Set are of many different kinds and each type of pendant is unique in its way. Pendants are pleasing to look at and easy to style and are hence very popular. Pendants are usually attached to the necklace chain by a loop. The pendant with a loop is passed through the chain to the centre of the necklace and the pendant necklace is born!
Pearls and Beads
Pearls and beads are other materials that can help in providing the finishing touches to the necklace set. These materials, though simple, add depth to the necklace chain and make the entire necklace set look more fashionable and sophisticated.
Now that we know how necklaces are made from the base materials to the structure and the finishing touches, it is now time for you to get one for yourself and your loved ones! Check out Blingvine's collection of various designs of necklaces, each unique in its own way and add to your collection of jewellery!