Buying Your First Gold Chain Necklace? What You Need to Know
A Gold Chain Necklace is one of the first gold jewelry anyone must have. Why? Because it's the one jewelry that's so versatile and can give you more value for your money in the long run. If you're short of funds, you can wear it as it is. In the future, you can add more pendants to your jewelry collection and create different looks - and it all starts with that one piece of gold chain.
This is the reason why you must choose your jewelry carefully. Three important factors to consider are 1) Karat, 2) Composition, and 3) Style.
Should You Buy a 14K, 18K, or 24K Gold Chain?
Most people do not know that the purer the gold (the higher the Karat) the softer and more prone to damage it is.
So to answer this ultimate jewelry enthusiast question - should you buy 14K, 18K, or 21K jewelry? The answer: it all depends on how often are you going to wear it.
If you buy this gold chain and plan to wear it every day as part of your office wear accessory, then you're better off with a lower karat gold chain. A 14k or even 10k gold chain can resist the wear and tear of your daily grind because it contains more metal alloy. Others however, would still opt to wear 18K gold chains because it looks closer to pure gold than the 14K and 10K variant because they are allergic to metals like nickel.
Should You Buy Gold Plated, Solid Gold or Hollow?
Among the three, the gold plated jewelry is the least expensive. However, it is not pawnable and sooner or later the gold plating will wear off and expose the metal underneath. Here at Affordagold.com, we do not sell gold plated jewelry.
Solid gold chains are the best in terms of durability of your jewelry. It's not only heavy (usually more than 10 grams in weight) and can put a dent on your budget. This is the must have for serious gold jewelry enthusiast who only want the best for their hard-earned money.
Hollow Gold Chains (usually less than 10 grams in weight) are the cheaper alternative to Solid Gold Chains. Its cons are it's easier to break or dent and almost impossible to repair once it does. You will need to be extra careful with your hollow gold chains but it will last you a long time when you take good care of it.
Which Chain Style Should You Choose?
Again, choosing the type of gold chain link style depends on where you would use it.
For special occasions, you can up the glam with the delicate flat chains that are prone to twisting like the Omega Chains and the Herringbone Chains. Snake chains are also smooth on the eyes but hard to repair when twisted so be sure to use it delicately.
The type of link you choose will also depend on the pendant you'll be wearing. A charm type pendant that is a little heavy will rest comfortably in a thicker chain, while a lightweight pendant will be okay with a lighter chain.
Where to Buy a Gold Chain?
If you're looking to buy a gold chain, we recommend that you check out the great selection of chains available at Affordagold.com.