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Sterling Silver Chain: Our Guide

June 07, 2016

Sterling Silver Chain: Our Guide

A sterling silver chain or bracelet is a classic and timeless accessory: particularly popular for men, these pieces are a great way to add some style and personality.

Available in a wide range of styles and lengths, our sterling silver chains have the Metalsmiths Sterling™ commitment to craftsmanship and design in common.

Sterling Silver Chain Terminology  

We reinforce clasp and terminal ends, where a chain can see the most wear, ensuring an enduring design.

All O-rings are fully soldered and chains are soldered between each link, resulting in overall strength.

Our elegant lobster clasps are scaled to the thickness of each chain for consistency of design and appropriate strength.

Lobster Clasp Selection

Every chain bears the Metalsmiths Sterling™ branded logo tag to indicate it has met the highest standards for quality: the tag includes our hallmark and stamp.

All of our chains feature solid links for a reassuring, yet comfortable weight: we do not carry hollow core chains, they are solid through and through.

Each chain is hand polished (rather than machine polished) for a superior finish: each link is checked during the polishing process, ensuring a high quality chain.

The same attention to detail is applied to every chain or necklace, regardless of length or weight.


Our heavier weight chains are frequently referenced by gauge: a larger gauge means a larger chain.

Metalsmiths Sterling Chain Gauge Example

A curb chain's links fully interlock when laid flat. Our curb link chains feature uniformly sized links.

Sterling Silver Curb Chain

Figaro chains feature three curb links of the same size followed by an elongated curb link, in a repeating pattern.

Sterling Silver Figaro Chain

Inspired by the world of yachting, Marina chain features a link reminiscent of an anchor.

Sterling silver marina chain

Also from the boating world, Anchor chain features offset links, and is designed to mimic the chain used to secure the anchor.

Sterling silver anchor chain

Elongated links, offset on each side form a sleek and smoother surface: a stiffer chain with a definite three-dimensional shape, but supple when worn.

Sterling Silver Cardano Chain

Clean and simple, interlocking offset squares make up this tightly formed chain. Often a very strong option for thin chains that are worn every day.

Sterling Silver Box Chain

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Sizing Information

Ring Sizing Tips

Please note that ring sizing is a matter of comfort, above all: finger sizes fluctuate throughout the day and with temperature.
Additional information on ring sizing is available here: we recommend you check the size of a ring you currently love to wear against our sizing. We recommend you print out the attached pdf if you need help determining ring size: we do not recommend attempting to size using a mobile device.

Please note that most of our rings are classified as:

Sizable up or down by up to two sizes in half size increments: if the size you need is not available and falls within 2 sizes up or down of a ring we do have, we can likely size it for you. Charges will apply: see additional information on our ring sizing service available here

Sizable up by a half size: we can size the ring only up and only by about a half size: generally this is due to the detail on the piece and/or the setting of the stone. Charges will apply: see additional information on our ring sizing service available here

Unsizeable due to material or design constraints, the ring cannot be sized: the listed sizes are all that are available.

Additional Ring Sizing Advice

Temperature is Important

Don't measure when your body temperature is either too cold or too hot. A cold finger shrinks while a hot finger expands causing an inaccurate reading. Only measure when fingers are at room temperature.

When Two Sizes Seem to Fit

If you hesitate between two sizes, always go with the larger one.

A Wider Band Needs a Bigger Size

If you consider purchasing a wide band, move up a size from your measurement, for comfort’s sake.

Don't Use Strings

When measuring your finger, always refrain from using a string, they tend to stretch, which can result in wrong size. ALWAYS use a paper strip about 1/2" in width.

Big Knuckles Can Affect Your Size

If your knuckle is a lot larger than the base of your finger, measure both the base of your finger and your knuckle and select a size in between the two.

For Best Results, Use a Plain Band

Extra wide band styles tend to run slightly small. If you're borrowing a ring for sizing and it has a narrower shaft than the one you wish to purchase, you may wish to order a ring a size larger than the normal size worn. Also, large stone rings may cause the shank to lift up when laid on its side on the display, slightly distorting the size measurements.

Is There a Difference Between Sizes for Men and for Women?

No: ring sizes range in a continuous scale used for both men and women.

Chain Selection

Our pendants are sold with a Metalsmiths Sterling™ chain with a secure lobster clasp and logo tag of quality - the price includes a chain selected to best coordinate with the pendant. For most pieces, the standard length is an 18" chain, but more petite pieces may include a 16" chain and larger pieces may include a 20" chain: you can select your preferred length for any pendant upon purchase.

As a general guideline, 16" chains are considered choker length - pendants on this length of chain tend to sit near the base of the throat: 18" is standard or classic length, and usually lets the pendant rest near the collarbone or clavicle, above the collar of most shirts. 22" - 24" chains tend to sit a little lower, but still above the chest. 28" - 36" chains usually result in the pendant resting below the bust line and make for a more dramatic statement. The actual fit will vary from person: this is only a general guide.