Who doesn't love the beauty of a gold chain? They are available in a variety of styles and everyone seems to have their favorite. Gold jewelry makes awesome gifts for loved ones, both male and female. It can be loved enough to pass down to your kids, grandkids, and maybe even your great-grandkids. However, before you pass it down you need to consider how it may stand the test of time.  One of the big questions is whether a gold chain may stretch or not.

A Look at the Gold You Love

Gold is a soft metal in its pure form. When looking at jewelry or other gold items, you will see the metal as it is when combined with alloyed metals including platinum, copper, silver, and palladium. This gives the jewelry additional strength so that you can enjoy wearing it. It is also the reason we have karats of gold.

When you walk into a store and see an 18-karat gold necklace, it means that there are 18 parts pure gold. If it is a 24-karat gold necklace, you have 24 parts pure gold in it. The higher your "karat" value is, the softer the jewelry will be.

With that being said, don't let this persuade you to choose a lower karat if you really have your eye on a 24-karat gold necklace. There are many other factors that go into whether it may stretch or not!

Choose the Right Gold Chain

Some gold necklaces are stronger because of how they are created. Some of the strongest include:

  • Box Chains
  • Rope Chains
  • Cable Chains
  • Figaro Chains
  • Anchor Chains
  • ETC

What you want to look for is the thickness and weight of the necklace. Soldered links are also important if you want to avoid the risk of stretching.

How To Take Care Of Your Gold Chain

A herringbone, although beautiful, is flat and relatively thin. It may kink or stretch if you don't care for it properly. Some care tips for gold jewelry include: 

  • Clean It Often: Using a mild detergent, warm water, and a soft bristled brush is the best way to clean your chain. Rinse it and dry it using a lint-free cloth.
  • Remove the Risk: When doing something that may snag your necklace, you may want to take it off. There have been many cases of a baby grabbed the chain and now it's all messed up. The same can happen at the gym, working, etc.
  • Avoid Chemicals: If you are heading out for a day of fun in the sun complete with bug spray or sunblock, your necklace doesn't need it.
  • Store It Carefully: Store herringbone necklaces and other more delicate gold pieces flat. You may also want to store it in airtight containers if you will only wear it occasionally.
  • Let Someone Help: A jewelry sometimes needs a little TLC from a professional. The jeweler knows what to look for to keep your beloved necklace in fantastic shape.

Unfortunately, accidents happen. Time can weaken your gold chain. Both may allow it to stretch, twist, and otherwise mess up. If you find that your favorite piece of jewelry is damaged, contact us, and we will do our part to help!