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At Jewel Envy, we see lots of chains. We sell chains, we make chains, and we repair chains. Here are some observations and tips from the goldsmith’s bench:

Most people concentrate on style, length and price when choosing a chain. However, one of the most important considerations is strength! The required strength depends on how often the chain will be worn, what conditions it will endure, and the size/weight of any pendant it is expected to hold. It is vital to the lasting enjoyment of a new or newly repaired necklace or bracelet to discuss a chain’s tolerance with a goldsmith. You will be glad you did!

When the required size or preferred look of a gold chain is out of the budget, there are options that meet a multitude of needs without compromising aesthetic.

Gold plated means that a microscope layer of genuine gold has been added, though an electric process, to a more affordable metal. It will need re-plating as it wears with time and use, but it is a great way to showcase a special piece or a special outfit.

Gold filled means that a layer of gold has been fused to another metal, completely covering it so that it looks like a solid gold piece. It contains more gold and costs more than a plated piece, but the gold endures longer and looks great!

Hollow chains are made through a process that allows for larger looking genuine gold links without the weight and cost of solid gold. The links are completely empty behind their very thin gold walls. They will not hold up to pulling, stretching, or squishing, but with gentle care, they provide beauty and style for moderate budgets.

The most versatile is solid gold. It keeps it’s colour, it can be repaired, and it holds value. As long as the correct chain is chosen for the correct job, it can endure a long time.

If you have any questions, drop by and have a chat with one of our Goldsmiths. This is what we do!

Rope Chain
Cable Link Chain
Paperclip chain
Curb Link Chain
Singapore Chain

Spring jewellery cleaning

It may have just snowed last night, but the longer daylight hours and sense that spring is around the corner has kicked my need to spring clean into gear. I started making lists of things that I can get done before I start my work day, things to do after work, and then things to tackle on a day off. Cleaning jewellery is on my before work task list and my go to for tackling jewellery cleaning is a jewellery cloth. If you are in need of a product to help get some cleaning done yourself, pictured below is a few items that we carry.

In addition to the clothes and liquid cleaners we offer cleaning and polishing services and often let our customers know the best way to care for pieces of jewellery when they’re picking up something that has been repaired, redesigned or custom made by us in the studio. If you have a jewellery cleaning question please drop in to ask us some questions! – Alexis 

My go to cloth for easy at home cleaning with a quick rub. Great for daily touch ups before putting a piece of jewellery on.

For heavier duty cleaning this cloth is embedded with buffing compound (the red section) to clean heavily tarnished pieces. This is an occasional deep clean and buff that adds back some shine to pieces.

Liquid cleaners are really great for items such as chain which can be a bit tedious to clean using a cloth.

After everything is clean these strips are a great addition to a jewellery box or even a plastic baggy to put away jewellery next to. This will help to prevent tarnish so you don’t have to clean pieces as often.

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