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Sterling Silver Chains

How to Buy Sterling Silver Chains


When purchasing an inspirational pendant or charm it is important to also purchase a chain so you can wear the pendant as a necklace. Chains are rarely included with the pendant and must be purchased separately from most stores. When purchasing sterling silver chains there are two main factors you need to take into account: length and style.


Chain Length


Choosing a chain length may seem straightforward, however, it is best to choose carefully to achieve the look you desire. Sterling silver chains come in standard lengths between 16 and 22 inches. For most people the 16 inch chain lays at the base of the neck and is called the choker length. An 18 inch chain is called a princess length and the most popular length of necklace. It lies on the collarbone. A 20 inch chain is for those who want a pendant to fall a little lower on their chest and is called the matinee length. Finally, a 22 inch chain is known as an opera length and dangles a good length away from the neck.


These are descriptions of chain length for average sized women’s necks. If you have a very small neck or thick neck of course your inspirational pendant will lie differently and you should take this into consideration when purchasing. Additionally, if the pendant and chain is for a man, men tend to have much thicker necks than women and a longer chain will be necessary.


Box Chain Style


One of the most popular and most durable styles of sterling silver chains is the box chain. The chain is made by connecting square links that look like boxes to create a smooth chain. Many people like this style of chain because it gives of a lovely reflective shine which sparkles when you move. Box chains are best with larger scale pendants as they have a heavier looking link.


Snake Chain Style


A chain style that is particularly suited for pendants is the snake chain. This chain is made of wavy metal plates that are tightly-linked together to form a slight zigzag. The snake chain has slinky look that is very appealing to wear. Snake chains can be worn with almost any style and scale of inspirational pendant.


When choosing a sterling silver chain for your pendant it is as much down to personal taste as the pendant itself. 

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