Getting a good necklace chain is necessary for creating a killer necklace stack. The proper chain serves as a base to layer pendants from or can be the feature of a look. We have a wide range of necklace chain link styles to choose from. Regarding jewellery styling, traditional classic chains like the Rope Chain and more themed creative types like our Cathedral Spiked Link Necklace Chain are timeless.
When you're looking for a new necklace chain, there are many options to choose from, and over time, you may add different styles to your collection. When you're just starting, here are some things to consider to help make the decision easier.
The first would be the link style. This will depend on your style; if you have a classic fashion and you're looking for something versatile to wear to work and events, you may want to go for something traditional and elegant like a box chain, curb chain, snake chain, Figaro chain or Cuban link chain. Suppose you have a modern style and like experimenting; choose something more aggressive as a statement piece.
Second is the length of the chain. Do you want your necklace to sit high and close to the neckline as more of a choker style? Or do you want a lower-hanging necklace? We recommend checking the sizing guide, measuring your neck and following the example guides to see what length would suit your body type.
Now you know the style and length of the chain you're after, what else should you look for? In addition to the fit, other important factors can help you choose your chain.
Chain jewellery can be made from many different metals; the most common are 316L Stainless steel, 925 sterling silver, 18k gold-plated or yellow gold, stainless steel, white gold, solid gold or rose gold. The colour choice of silver vs gold will depend on your preference, and choosing between the metals will also depend on your budget. 316L stainless steel offers the most benefits in the silver colour due to stainless steel being non-tarnish and waterproof, whereas silver will oxidise over time and exposure to water. Gold plating gives you the look of gold at a fraction of the cost; solid gold is an investment that will hold its value.
Quality & Durability
A perfect chain should feel comfortable on your neck and be enjoyable. Even our most aggressive spiked chain links, like the Barbed Wire Chain or Split Cathedral Link Chain, are the ultimate staple and have been carefully developed to feel comfortable on your neck for a perfect layering necklace. Durability means the chain should be able to stand the test of time and wear. A long-life metal like Stainless Steel scores well for durability.
Consider the price and your budget. We use 316L stainless steel because it will last a lifetime of daily wear and is among the best value for money when it comes to the affordable price point for chains.
Getting a warranty on your purchase will give you extra peace of mind with your new Cuban chain. We provide a lifetime warranty on all purchases.
To look after a silver chain, it's essential to avoid harsh chemicals, such as perfumes and lotions, which can cause tarnishing. Store the chain in a jewellery box or airtight bag to prevent oxidation when not wearing it. Regularly clean the chain with a soft cloth to remove dirt and oils.
To look after a gold chain, avoid wearing it when swimming or bathing, as chlorine and soap can damage it. Clean regularly with a soft cloth or a special jewellery cleaner. Store it separately from other jewellery to avoid scratching and tangling. Regular checks for loose or broken clasps will ensure longevity.
There are few key chain styles that you can find in most jewellery collections and those are cuban links, figaro chain, rope chain and cable link chains.
Stainless steel is low maintenance due to is resistance to oxidisation and rust. Over time there may become buildup on the surface that can make it appear "dull" this can be cleaned with a simple jewellery cleaning cloth and baking soda mixed with water.
The best way to choose a necklace size is to measure your neck with a measuring tape or string. Once you know the size of your neck it's recommended to choose a size at least 1 inch bigger for choker size and 2-3 inches bigger for the chain to sit on your collar bone. For example photos of different lengths check out our necklace sizing guide.
No, stainless steel jewellery doesn't oxidise and is hypoallergenic. No green necks here!
We understand you may not get the perfect first time so we're more than happy to exchange to a different size or product, just ship it back to us within 30 days. View our Exchange Policy for further information