Expand your chain collection! Mary Ann Archer is always searching for new and unusual chains to add to her collection of precious metal chains. Many are available in 14K, 18K and Sterling Silver and in various lengths from 16” to 30”. In the Chain category, you will find many of your favorites styles and some new ones. In addition to being beautiful or unique, Mary Ann offers chains that are durable, have individual soldered links, and are lasting. Be sure to click on the additional photos for close up views. If you are interested in a chain of a different length other than shown, please call 231-838-0087.
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Who doesn’t own a chain of some sort? Probably most people on the planet have at least one. It is the most common type of jewelry worn by both men and women.
Chains were first made by the Egyptians, dating back to 2500 BC. Gold was very plentiful then. They hammered gold into very thin sheets of metal and then rolled it into wire.
By 300 BC, chains were a symbol of wealth and many had gemstones included in the chains. In medieval times, the brooch was the most fashionable piece of jewelry worn and it was worn on a long chain.
Early chains were all made by hand. Technology automated their crafting and as technology improved so did chain making.
Today, most precious metal gold and silver chains have individual links that are soldered together. This results in a more durable product. More time and labor is required to make them and so they cost more.
Chains are used for necklaces, large charm bracelets, anklets and bracelets. They can be purchased in 14K, 18K, and sterling silver and other non precious metals.
There are many styles to explore as well and some are famous and well known; figero, rolo, snake, cable and box are just a few. I am always searching for more unusual chains for my customers as well as ones that are strong, durable and stylish.
Explore my chain category to find assorted styles and lengths in precious metals of gold and sterling silver. And if you need in a different length than shown, please contact me and I will do my best to help you with a custom length chain.