The following are the types of sterling silver (and gold-filled) chains that Mary uses with her jewellery (from top to bottom):
- Rhodium-coated Sterling Silver ‘Flat Trace’ Chain (1.5mm wide) – This is one of the standard option chains offered with most of Mary’s sterling silver and copper pendants in 16″ and 18″ versions (at £4 and £5, respectively). The rhodium coating protects the sterling silver from tarnishing and with its no-nonsense simple design, it is a practical choice.
- Sterling Silver ‘Box’ Chain (1mm x 1mm) – This is Mary’s favourite chain and is another chain that she offers as a standard option with her sterling silver pendants with a choice of 16″ or 18″ length (at £7 and £8 – If you require a custom length, please contact her). Box chains are made of solid square “boxes” of sterling silver. They are very strong while also very elegant. Many of Mary’s pendants are photographed with this chain and there are also some more photos of box chains below.
- Sterling Silver ‘Rope’ Chain (2.3mm diameter) – This is a most complex chain. It is thick, heavy and beautiful. As each chain is linked multiple times, it is very strong, but as it uses much silver it is an expensive chain. Mary uses it from time to time when it matches her pendants, but it is not currently offered as an option.
- Sterling Silver ‘Marquise’ Chain (3mm x 4mm) – Another chain that Mary uses from time to time to go with larger pendants. The large open chains of the marquise allows for a clasp that can be fixed to any chain allowing for a flexible length. It is also a very attractive chain in its own right, looking good with just a little charm as an accent or even on its own. This is another chain that is more expensive.
- Sterling Silver ‘Rolo’ Chain (1.8mm) – This chain has circular links as the name suggests. At this 1.8mm thickness with little circles of links, it is a cute looking chain.
- Sterling Silver ‘Flat Oval Cable’ Chain (2.2mm x 1.7mm) – Another chain that is very strong and suited to heavy pendants. This chain also allows for a flexible clasp.
- Sterling Silver ‘Snake’ Chain (1.6mm diameter) – Mary makes extra long sterling silver necklaces using the smooth texture of thick Italian snake chains as a feature, which are very popular. It has a slick, sophisticated feel. She also makes variations of it with natural kasumi and large edison pearls. These long necklaces often sell out at her events.
- 14 karat Gold-filled Chain (various thickness) – Mary occasionally uses gold -filled chains for her necklaces and other items. Gold-filled jewellery is composed of a solid layer of gold (typically constituting at least 5% of the item’s total weight) mechanically bonded to a base of base metal. (The layer of gold on gold-filled items is 5 to 10 times thicker than that produced by regular gold plating and 15 to 25 times thicker than that produced by gold electroplate). It has the same appearance as 14k gold and even with daily wear and can last 10 to 30 years.
The below is another example of Sterling Silver ‘Box’ Chain (1mm x 1mm) with Mary’s sterling silver hand-crafted clasp.
Sterling Silver ‘Rope’ chain (2.3mm diameter) with a hand-crafted sterling silver clasp with flower stamps.
Another example of Sterling Silver ‘Rope’ chain (2.3mm diameter) looking magnificent with a mandala pendant with garnet.
A Sterling Silver ‘Marquise’ Chain (3mm x 4mm) in action. It is an elegant looking chain.
The below fine .999 silver pendant has a pretty looking Sterling Silver ‘Rolo’ Chain (1.8mm)permanently attached to it.
Here is an example of Sterling Silver ‘Flat Oval Cable’ chain (2.2mm x 1.7mm) with another one of Mary’s sterling silver hand-crafted clasp.
Mary adds to a smooth 1.6mm diameter Sterling Silver ‘Snake’ chain movable sterling silver beads with silicone inside for her popular snake chain necklace.
Mary’s hand-crafted clasp with Sterling Silver ‘Snake’ chain (1.6mm diameter).