Thursday, January 25, 2018

Chain...Links of the Ages

Chain...the embodiment of our own fashion intelligence. Let's peek into the world of chain, shall we? When we think of chain jewelry, a stream of images can come to mind. From delicate little circles of gold or silver nuzzling each other, to a thick collar of chunky metal beads lined up side by side, there is a chain that will suit anyone's taste.

Chain jewelry has generated symbolism in many different roles throughout the ages. It can represent eternal love, linking two people together with no beginning and no end, or a strong and unbreakable bond between friends. In direct opposition, chain can bring to light an image of bondage and imprisonment.

Mythological and medieval religious art has depicted chain as unshakable faith or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, when associated with devils and demons, symbolized defeat through materialistic desires. Homer wrote about a chain created by Zeus that connected heaven and earth. Plato spoke about a chain that held the universe together. Eastern religions, even in more modern times, relate common actions to the links of the chain of Karma.

Chain is apparently ageless. The British Museum has a chain and bead headband in their Middle Eastern collection that was excavated from the Mesopotamia area and dated to 2500 BC. The materials, styles, sizes and uses of chain from ancient times have developed and blossomed into the wide variety available today.

In today's chic to casual fashion world, from extravagant to demure, expensive to costume, classic to nouvelle, chain drapes over or hangs from every body part of the human frame. It can connect a nose ring to an earring and a ring on your finger to a bracelet. A fine mesh belt slides through a belly ring as today's couture beach wear. Adding a toggle and a pocket watch to a length of gold chain makes a perfect masculine accessory for the office. The best way to embellish your own body parts is to start designing and making your own jewelry. Buy it by the foot, adorn it with beads, gems, a pendant or charms, add a jump ring or two and a lobster clasp and voila! You now have a personal ornament that is as unique as you.

Antelope Beads consistently adds new chain to our available products along with creative ideas to use it. Check out our latest additions on the website HERE