Gold jewelry is timeless. And no jewelry collection is complete without a gold chain…
Are you looking to buy a gold chain for a special occasion? Or perhaps you want one that you can wear permanently?
Whether you’re looking to expand your existing jewelry collection with a statement gold chain or a timeless classic, here are 5 factors you need to consider before buying gold chains for your jewelry collection.
1. Choosing the Length and Thickness
The first thing to consider is your personal sense of style. You want your jewelry to make sense with your existing aesthetic. Different chain styles will suit you more than others!
If you have a solid, masculine style, a dainty chain might look out of place. Chunky, heavy chains won’t work with a cottagecore or princess aesthetic.
Gold chains come in every length from perfect-fit chokers to chains that dangle near your belly button. The most popular length is 18 inches – longer than a choker (which is around 16 inches), visible with most shirt styles, and short enough to not get caught on your clothing.
2. Selecting the Perfect Karat Type
The karat of your gold chain tells you the quality or purity of the material. Higher karat gold is purer, with pure gold sitting at 24k.
Because pure gold is an extremely soft metal, most gold jewelry is made from a gold alloy. This ensures your chain is durable enough for everyday use. Look for chains with 14k or 18k gold.
All gold in the US must have a KT stamp on it. This will say 10kt (or 417), 14kt (or 585), and 18kt (or 750). Without the stamp, it’s not the real deal! You can easily spot fake gold when you know what to look for.
3. Are You Adding Anything to the Chain?
If you’re planning to add a charm or pendant to your gold chain, you need to ensure you get a gold chain that can support the extra weight.
You want your chain to find a balance between being able to carry the charm without overpowering it.
4. What Type of Clasp Does It Have?
All clasp types have their own set of pros and cons.
A spring ring clasp is a thin, round ring of metal. They pry open at the slightest tug of your chain so it’s extremely likely you’ll lose your chain within a week or two. Avoid this clasp at all costs!
Lobster clasps are durable, heavy-duty clasps that are soldered directly onto your chain. They are the safest type of clasp available.
Magnetic clasps are easy to put on and take off, but the convenience stops there. Similar to spring ring clasps, magnetic clasps open with the slightest tug. Steer clear of these if you don’t want your chain to go missing.
5. Will This Chain Last?
The final factor to consider before buying a gold chain is whether it will stand the test of time. High-quality gold chains are durable enough to wear all day, every day.
You want to purchase a chain that you can wear while you sleep, shower, and exercise without worrying about damaging it or staining your skin.
Make sure to find a chain that can withstand squishing, rolling, flattening, water, sweat, and whatever else daily use will throw at it.
The best gold chains will be guaranteed by their manufacturer. This ensures your chain has no manufacturer defects. Reading online reviews is a great way to tell if a chain is worth purchasing or not.
Buying Gold Chains Has Never Been This Easy
Whether you’re a jewelry fanatic or are simply dipping your toe into the world of classic jewelry, a gold chain is an essential part of anyone’s jewelry collection.
Hopefully, this guide on choosing a gold chain helped you in your purchasing process.
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