Necklace Buying Guide
When buying a necklace there are a lot of factors to consider, from chain style to length to clasp type. Take a look at our guide to learn about necklace types and styles before you buy!

Chain Types
 
Chain Styles

Anchor Chain: Links have bars across the center, resembling the chains used for boat anchors and creating the appearance of double links.
Box Chain: Square interlocking links with every other link turned 180 degrees, creating a four-sided, boxy chain.
Byzantine Chain: Layered round links interlocking in a complex pattern to create a rope-like look.
Cable Chain: A pattern of flat and upright oval links of the same size, creating a simple, clean-looking chain.

Cuban/Curb: Identical interlocking flattened links, a style that can be made chunky for men or delicate for women.
Figaro: Flattened links of varying sizes, usually with two or three small links between larger oval links, originating in Italy.
Omega: Not a true chain, but rather but flat metal plates that are pieced together on a wire to create a flat, sleek necklace.
Rolo/Belcher: Round links interlocked with every other link turned 180 degrees, similar to a cable chain except for the link shape.

Rope: Multiple strands of links twisted together to create a rope effect.
Singapore: Links lie flat but are faceted to create a more complex curved design, usually accomplished by twisting or braiding the chain.
Snake: S or Z shaped links are fitted together to form a flattened tube.
Wheat: Strands of twisted oval links are braided together to form a wheat-like pattern.

Chain Treatments & Effects
Flattened: Links are flattened to provide more surface area for reflecting light. Some chain styles (like Cuban) are known for being flattened.
Drawn/Elongated: Round or oval links are stretched, making the chain longer and narrower.
Swedged/Swaged: Chain is drawn through a die to condense the links. Herringbone and serpentine chains are created by swaging curb or cable chains.
Dapped: A single hammer strike is applied to each link to reflect light.
Hammered: Multiple hammer strikes on each link creates a faceted surface to reflect light.
Knurled/Textured: Hatch marks make the links less reflective and good for oxidizing or distressing.
Oxidized: Metal is darkened through oxidation, which can heighten the contrast of a textured surface.
Diamond Cut: Links are cut with precision tools to create angled facets that make the chain sparkle and shine better than most other methods.
Twisted/Curbed: Chain is twisted to create a braid or rope effect.

Necklace Length

What's the Best Length for Your Face Shape?
Heart-Shaped Face: A 10-16” collar or choker will soften the sharp angle of the chin.
Round Face: A 26-36” opera-length necklace will elongate the jawline and neck.
Rectangular/Oblong Face: A 10-14” collar will shorten and smooth out the jawline.
Oval Face: Any necklace length will complement this common face shape.

Clasp Types
Lobster & Springring: Springloaded clasps with a lever that is pushed to create an opening so the end link can be inserted. Lobster clasps are claw-like, while springrings are circular. These clasps close completely, making them very secure.
Barrel: Cylindrical closure where two ends are screwed together to fasten.
Box: Tab is inserted into a decorative frame or box. Usually used for tennis styles and hinged bracelets, and is best for lightweight pieces.
Fishhook: Hook is inserted into oval encasing. Good for lightweight pieces.
S Hook: S-shaped hook is inserted into a loop at the end of the chain, and the curved hook prevents the loop from falling off.
Push Button: Clasp is pushed into the enclosure until it clicks into place, and is released by pushing a button.
Ladder: Fastener has a foldover piece with teeth that can be used to adjust the size. Used mainly on bracelets and watches where only small adjustments are needed.
Slide lock: Each end of the necklace has a bar or tube that slide together into a locked position. 
Magnetic: Magnets on each end hold the necklace together. Good option for those who have a hard time navigating small or delicate clasps.
Toggle: A bar is threaded through a circular hoop that is smaller in circumference than the bar, so that when pulled tight the bar lays flat across the opening.