Sterling Silver Yellow Toned Twisted Chain Anklet

All jewelry chain begins as wire. The wire is first annealed in a furnace before being pulled through a die to get the appropriate diameter. The drawing process additionally work-hardens and strengthens the wire. The wire is then run through the previous link, cut, and shaped into the next link on the chain in a forming machine. The chain falls from the forming machine into a cup or bucket. It’s kept “oily” to avoid corrosion until it’s time to complete it.

“I enjoy the notion that we start with nothing and end up with something people will wear and treasure for a long time,” David adds. It’s fascinating to start with a coil of wire and manipulate every piece of it on a tool created from a lump of steel as well. I also like seeing when a designer makes something really unique. From beginning to end, everything is fantastic.”


Modern chain designs are based on the same jewelry chains that have been manufactured since the industry’s inception. “Curb and cable chains are staples that are always popular,” David explains. The wheat chain is a trend that comes and goes with the seasons. The Rollo – or Belcher – chain is a rising ‘fashion’ chain.”

When shopping for the appropriate chain for your pendant, creating your own chain tassels, or layering necklaces and bracelets this summer, keep in mind that even the most modern-looking jewelry chain is part of a long-standing tradition. Put on “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac and rock your retro-contemporary look!

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