WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE STYLES OF CHAINS?
Each style of chain has different characteristics that give each a different look.
CURB CHAIN: Curb chains are made up of slightly curved oval links that interlock even when they're laid flat. This style looks great as a very fine chain, or a large chunky one.
BOX CHAIN: Box chains are made up of small square links that create a 4-sided smooth chain.
SNAKE CHAIN: Snake chains are made up of very tightly linked plates, that give this chain a circular and smooth look.
BALL CHAIN: Like its name, the Ball chain is made up from small metal balls with a thin link between each one.
WHAT ARE THE MATERIALS THEY'RE OFFERED IN?
STERLING SILVER: Sterling silver is 92.5% pure silver, and 7.5% other metals, usually brass. The reason for this is pure silver is too soft to be made into certain items (like most chains), and couldn't stand up to daily wear and tare!
14K GOLD VERMEIL: Vermeil is a form of plated gold jewelry, however, it is of a better quality then general gold plated. Instead of having a nickel or brass base, all of our vermeil products have a sterling silver base. The layer of 14K gold they are plated with is also thicker than the standard gold plating, making it more wear resistant than normal plating.
14K GOLD FILLED: Gold filled is an actual layer of gold-pressure bonded to another metal. Gold filled is not to be confused with gold plating as filled literally has 100% more gold than gold plating. It is more valuable, and more tarnish resistant than gold plated, but more affordable then solid gold.
14K SOLID GOLD: The gold standard! Solid gold means the piece is neither plated nor filled. Like sterling silver, pure gold is too soft to wear in every day pieces like chains, so solid gold is almost always alloyed with a mixture of other metals. The karats determine the percentage of gold mixed with alloys. 14K is a perfect level for chain necklaces since it's higher than 10K, very tarnish resistant, but durable enough to be worn every day!