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1. Is a chain and a necklace the same thing?

Necklaces refer to jewellery that is worn around the neck. While they typically feature a pendant on a thin chain, chains are considered a subset of necklace, featuring a relatively thicker chain that is worn by itself.

2. What are the types of chains?

When it comes to chains, there are many types. Here are some types of chains we have available:

Ball/Bead Chain: It’s comprised of a series of tiny beads linked together to form a chain. They are connected very close together or have miniscule spaces between them to allow some movement. Intricate and alluring, they can be worn alone or paired with a pendant for an eye-popping look.

Box Chain: This chain is made of square links that create a continuous smooth chain. They are popular amongst both men and women and are extremely versatile – which is why we often pair them with our modern elegant white gold and rose gold designs.

Cable/Round Link Chain: This design consists of identical oval links connected to form a functional chain. It is a staple in jewellery for good reason – sturdy yet glittering, these chains are ideal paired with an elegant pendant, making them our top choice to pair with our exquisite gold designs.

Curb Link Chain: This chain has a basic, timeless design. Even while interconnected, it’s designed to lay flat. This chain shines best when worn solo, as its design is stylish enough to carry itself.

Heavier and chunkier chains give a masculine touch and is favoured by men, while thinner curb chains would suit someone more feminine and delicate.

Wheat Chain: The wheat chain is made of one-directional oval links, plaited together to imitate wheat stalk tips. It’s semi-rigid and can be paired with a pendant or worn by itself. It’s known for its durability and has a classic, timeless look.

3. How do I find out the recommended minimum chain length for me?

When it comes to jewellery chains, the recommended length varies from person to person. The most straightforward trick is to measure your neck size. Do so by wrapping a soft measuring tape around your neck, keeping it parallel to the floor. When you get the exact measurement, add 5 to 10 cm to the result to get your minimum recommended chain length.

The most common length of necklaces is between 40cm to 45cm, which will allow the chain to gently sit above the neckline in a pleasing V shape.

4. What are the strongest chain types?

The strength of the chain depends on three things: type of link, thickness of chain, and whether the links are independently soldered or not.

Amongst the ones we have, here is the order from strongest to weakest:

Curb Link Chain: This chain comes in soldered links and because it’s usually thick and heavy, it’s rare for them to break.

Wheat Chain: Because of their four-strand twisted oval links, wheat chain is durable at almost any thickness.

Cable/Round Link Chain: This chain doesn’t have a bending point and can hold up through daily wear. It’s also malleable enough since you can twist, fold them, or knot this chain. However, it’s better to avoid the chains that are too thin, especially for higher gold karats.

Box Chain: Box chains with thicker links are durable and holds a pendant excellently. If a link does break, it can be replaced without much difficulty.

Ball/Bead Chain: While this chain is visually interesting and makes for a great accessory, its intricate construction makes it more delicate. When it comes to durability, it does not compare as well to the other chain types. However, it doesn’t tangle easily, curbing breakage from entanglement.

5. What types of chain clasps are there?

Different chains require different clasps based on their material and weight.

Our 999 gold chains come with S hooks, as the material is too soft to make into a spring clasp. As our 999 gold chains tend to be of heavier designs, S hooks suit them well as they have the weight to hold the end hoops of a necklace in position on the hook.

Our 10K, 14K, 18K, 916 gold chains come with S hooks, lobster claws and spring rings depending on their design. The heavier the chain, the larger the clasp required. S hooks are used for chains that are heavier and thicker, lobster claws for mid-weight chains and spring ring clasps for lighter chains.

6. Can I go to sleep wearing my chain?

It is generally not recommended to go to sleep wearing a chain.

Chains made of 999 and 916 gold are relatively soft and may get damaged if worn during sleep, as one tosses and turns. This is especially so for chains with more intricate designs and delicate linkages.

While the possibility of damage applies to 18K/14K/10K chains as well, it is lower as the material is harder and more durable. However, fine chains may still break if they get caught in your sleep and could get tangled if they are too long.

7. Can I wear my chain in the shower?

In general, the higher the purity of gold, the less likely it is to tarnish – however, it is still not recommended to shower with your chain on. Exposure to water, soaps, oils etc. will affect the lustre, appearance, and integrity of the jewellery.

8. My chain is damaged. Can I get it repaired?

The possibility of repairs would depend on the location and extent of the damage on the chain.

If the clasp alone is damaged or broken, we can potentially get it replaced or repaired. If the chain itself is broken, repairs may not be possible due to the linkages involved.

In the case of 999 or 916 gold chains, trade-in is an option if repairs are not possible.

We would suggest bringing the chain to any of our retail stores for further assessment and advice.