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A Guide to Necklace Parts

One of the most popular types of jewelry, necklaces come in a wide range of styles and designs. However, each of these styles have some common elements, which are the typical parts of a necklace, what role each part has and how to evaluate them when deciding on a necklace.

 

What are the parts of a necklace?

It will of course depend on the style of the necklace, but in general a necklace has 3 parts.

Guide to Necklace parts by rebelroad.co.za

Chain or Cord

Necklaces feature either metal chains, Leather and other cord or beads strands. 

 Metal Chains:

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Metal chains come in a range of styles and materials and normaly have a clasp to fasten it around the neck. When you are looking to buy a necklace chain, the points to consider include the type of metal, the width and length of the chain and the style of the chain.

  • Type of Metal:

The most common materials used for chains includes gold,silver, Stainless steel and alloy metals. Precious metals like gold and silver are softer, but they are more valuable and even prestigious. They’re also generally hypoallergenic, and ideal for those who want a bio-compatible option and some like Titanium, are hypoallergenic also, which is good if you have metal sensitivities.

  • Length of Chain:

The length of the chain depends on your purpose of wearing the necklace. The most common lengths for a necklace chain are between 45cm to 60cm and each of these lengths suit different styles of fashion and occasions. 

  • Width of Chain:

In terms of widths, necklace, types of chains can range from a few millimeters to 15mm and more. Thicker chains are often worn without a pendant as they make a statement on their own while thinner chains work best with a charm or pendant.

  • Type of Chain:

Finally, when considering , think about the strength of the chain. Chains with individually soldered links, like cable chains, box chains or curb chains, much more durable than chains with more intricate woven patterns like herringbone chains or snake chains.

There are many types of chains to choose from, and again, the style you choose depends on your fashion choices and how you plan to wear the necklace.

Cord :

 

 

Cord Leather necklace by rebelroad.co.za online in South Africa

These Necklaces are typically made by stringing material like these and are usually more trendy and fashionable. 

  • Leather Cord 
  • Wax Cord
  • Hemp or natural fibre
  • Plastic- Stretch Cord

Bead Strands :

These necklaces are made by stringing beads like gemstones, glass or wood beads onto a cord usually made from a synthetic material.

 

Clasps

Almost all necklaces have some form of clasp or fastener to make it easy to put on, but some very long ones don't as one can wear them over the head or they are made with a elastic cord.

Most people don’t think about the fastener when purchasing, but this is an important part of the necklace. The fastener should be strong and durable enough to carry the weight of the chain.

The most popular and the strongest types include:

  • Lobster Clasp – True to its name, this type of clasp features a lobster-claw like section with a lever which you pull down to open the ‘claw’. They hold onto a small ring, attached to the other end of the necklace.
  • Spring Ring Clasp – This type of clasp features a ring that can be opened and closed with a small lever, which operates with a spring mechanism. Once closed, the spring ring doesn’t easily open, unless you push down hard on it.
  • Hook and Eye Clasp – This simple clasp features a hook that can be opened to hold onto the ring of the other end. This is a sturdy type of clasp and one of the oldest used in jewelry.
  • Toggle Clasp – An easy clasp, the toggle works by pushing a long, thin bar vertically through a ring and then allowing it to fix horizontally against the ring. Once in place, the toggle clasp doesn’t come apart and is secure.

Charm/Link/Pendants :

And finally, what makes a necklace unique and stand out from others is the embellishments that an be added either by being integrated or typically attached to the chain or cord.

Pendants:

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Pendants are often mistaken to be the same as necklaces, but these are two different things. A pendant is the ornament that’s attached to and hangs from the necklace chain or cord. It’s not the necklace itself.

Pendants vary in design, size and style. Pendants feature gemstones, symbols, filigree metalwork and more. They’re typically made of metal, but there are pendants made of feathers and paper too. It all depends on the designer’s style.  Pendants are an excellent way to showcase your personality and style, because there are endless types of pendants.

Smaller types of pendants are called charms and are typically worn on bracelets. If you’re into minimalist designs, a charm pendant might work better for you on a small, chain necklace, rather than a large pendant.

When buying your pendant, consider the size of the bail and whether it fits the chain you’ve chosen.

Lockets:

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Lockets are a type of pendant, but the main difference is that they feature a hinged door that can be opened and closed. Inside is a little compartment that can hold photos, sentimental tokens, or you can custom engrave these at rebelroad.co.za to create a unique personalised necklace.

Metalwork:

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Some necklaces, like the Shell necklace featured above, are embellished with intricate metalwork, beads and shell. 

Links:

These necklace chains has a link charm that is attached to the chain on the side as opposed to a pendant that hangs from a bail. These links can be a name. a infinity sign or a ID engravable plate made to feature a custom word or message.

While necklaces vary in design, the above discussion demonstrates that almost all necklaces have these three parts – chain/cord, clasp or fastners and pendant charms. We hope this will help you choose a quality necklace from rebelroad.co.za that suits your lifestyle.

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