History Of Gold Chains

Gold Chains

We started thinking about why people started wearing gold chains for women and men and found some interesting information about it. You know how cavemen used to wear things like animal teeth, stones or shells around their neck in the movies…Well, that’s actually how it all began! They would find these cool items and save them, so when in the caves they had something to do to pass the time. That last part was a guess, but makes sense.  Many years later older generations would start to include stones with color and include stones that had metal in them as well.

Gold Rope Chain

Gold Rope Chain

Eventually the Egyptians became known for using gold beads to accent these pieces to make them even more beautiful. Then even further along ancient Greeks would start to set stones of color into the gold to hold them in place. Eventually the jewelry became a status symbol among the wealthy. Now 14kt gold and silver chains have evolved into so many beautiful styles, because of the diverse selection. Jewelry Megastore is proud to continue the tradition of offering gold chains for men and women in styles such as Box, Rope, Pendant, Figaro, Curb and so many more.

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The Purity Of Metals In Gold Jewelry

The precious metal Gold is used in a variety of jewelry to make items such as Gold chains, bracelets, earrings, pendants and many others and has a long history of uses. The metal is extremely malleable while being durable and resistant. When crafted by jewelers into beautiful 14k white or yellow gold jewelry designs the possibilities for artistic creation are endless.

Gold Chains

Pure 24k gold is often mixed with other metals in order to give it even more strength. Remember, 24 karat gold is 100% pure gold and is more difficult to keep its form when not mixed with other metals. Some of the metals utilized in jewelry manufacturing are copper, silver, nickel and zinc. The color changes slightly depending on the final purity our jewelers create the jewelry with for the final products. That is why you will see that 24 karat gold is much more of a deep 14 karat yellow gold jewelry. Many people like the look of a darker yellow so they prefer 18 karat gold when buying jewelry. The metals purity chart on this page will give you a better understanding of the exact standards for the industry.

Precious Metals Purity
Gold:
24 karat = 100% gold
22 karat = 91.7% gold
18 karat = 75.0% gold
14 karat = 58.3% gold
10 karat = 41.7% gold

Silver:925 = 92.5% Sterling Silver

Platinum: 950 Plat or Plat = 95% Platinum

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How Gold Chains Are Created

Even though most gold chains are created by machines many craftsman still enjoy making them by hand. Whether your making a men’s or women’s gold chain from it’s a very labor intensive process, but the intricate designs developed can be very unique. The way jewelers make chains by hand is a very interesting process. Before wire drawing machines came along it was completely done manually. Craftsman would have to hammer flat strips of gold and pull them manually through die forms until they were in the form of a very thin gold wire. The links each had to be cut, curved and soldered together. Luckily chain manufacturing machines have been around since the 17th century, which has made the process so much easier. These gold chain machines feed the wire into different type of machines named after the type they are manufacturing. For example companies have curb chain, rope chain, snake chain and figaro chain machines that do this automatically. Nothing can ever replace the beauty of creating a chain from scratch. Although these modern technologies exist, the art of making a chain by hand can result in the most beautiful and unique work done by artisans of the jewelry trade.

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