Chain necklaces made of precious metals have been discovered in tombs in Ur (modern day Iraq) dating back to 3000 BC. So this form of jewellery is not new! In fact goldsmithing predates the Bronze and Iron Ages, as native gold and silver were worked before then.
Chain is made of links of metal bound together. The first form of chain was loop-in-loop (see photo). The goldsmiths had to make each loop and fold and link them together to form the chain. A painstaking and precise task. Nowadays, there are many types of chain available and personal preference will dictate what you are attracted to. If strength is an essential characteristic then remember that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Modern Belcher (or Rolo) chain is the strongest link available – each loop being soldered so all links are of equal strength! We recommend use of Belcher chain with Fonya, to ensure the highest safety for your precious cargo (https://fonya.com.au/collections/chain)
Throughout history, chain necklaces have been worn primarily by royalty and the rich. By 300 BC, the elite upper classes within society were wearing chains with links embellished with gemstones. During the Middle Ages, chains were frequently used as emblems of power and authority. Both kings and the clergy wore thick chains made of gold, complete with insignias or badges of office. In the late Gothic era and early Renaissance, chains became a more integral part of dressing. It was then that they became a mark widely used for social status and often had pendants attached. The practice continues to this day. In most societies (civil, religious and social) positions of power are associated with the wearing of a chain of office – think of Mayors, Presidents and other Office Bearers. Thankfully one does not need to be an official of high office to wear a chain in modern life. Check out the beautiful range of pendants designed and manufactured by Wade at https://tcityjewelers.com/collections/pendants