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India has survived and thrived as a continuous culture for nearly 5,000 years and the ancient Indians recognized necklace chains as a part of the 16 pieces of jewellery which epitomize a woman’s beauty. Chains have been a part and parcel of our culture. In fact, Lothal, a major port during the Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro period was famous for making unique chains using beads and other precious stones. Over the years, some chain designs have become immortal and essential as representations of marriage; these chains are commonly known as Mangalsutra . However, ancient India was not the only country which reserved a fascination for chains. Archaeological proof has been unearthed from burial sites across the globe which point to a collective focus on sending the dead away with jewellery pieces, especially with exquisitely designed chains.
The unique quality of chains is that they are unisex, which means that both men and women can wear chains. The popularity of chains has remained constant for nearly all of history, however, the designs have changed according to the aesthetics of the times. Today, we see men sporting bulky chains made of precious materials. This trend of sporting such bulky chains was brought into practice by King Henry VIII. Since then, designers have focused on developing designs which represent desired gender characteristics, so men have chains with thick interlinked links, while women sported delicate chains with expensive pendants.
Chains, traditionally, have also been a symbol of wealth and prosperity, which is why even babies are adorned with chains made of precious metals. Here are a few types of chains you may find both online and offline.
In India, gold is a revered and preferred metal. It is a sign of wealth, purity and prosperity. Yellow gold has been a popular option for chains, most yesteryear popular Bollywood movies had at least one important character sporting a gold chain. In fact, a very popular singer in India is famous for wearing heavy and bulky chains. However, yellow gold is not the only kind of gold available to you. You can also opt for a white gold or a rose gold chain. Most popular designs today, boast the accommodation of two or more types of gold to create uniquely colourful jewellery pieces.
Silver is often called “a poor man’s gold.” However, unlike gold, silver has certain unique properties which give silver chains an air of culture and heritage. Today, several online sites are teeming with oxidized silver chains. Such chains are extremely popular with the millennial generation, especially women, as these add a little rustic mood to their outfits.
Platinum jewellery pieces are forever. Platinum as a metal does not react or corrode easily, which makes it an ideal choice for designing some exclusive and exquisite pieces of jewellery, especially chains.
Chains for Men
As we have discussed before, chains for men are designed to reflect desired masculine traits like strength, success, and power. Common chain designs for men are bulky to look at, however, over the years, design choices have changed to accommodate other designs which are not as heavy. Those chains, in turn, symbolize other desirable traits like maturity, humility and wisdom. Then there are rosary designs, especially, a “Rudraksha mala” design which showcases the spiritual side of man.
Chains for Women
Chains designed for women are designed to look delicate and pretty. Such chain designs are used to highlight the pendant the woman is wearing. The pendant, in turn, is large and heavy. However, there are other chain designs like temple design chains, which are essentially tiny coin with the engravings of the goddess Lakshmi, interlinked with each other to form a long chain. Such chains symbolise a married woman’s position as being the forbearer of the family’s fortune. Then there are Mangalsutra designs which are region and culture-specific, along with, simple chain designs that a woman can wear every day.
Chains Online Shopping
If you plan on shopping for chains online, you can look at online sites like Flipkart, which hosts a range of designs, as well as, brands like Divastri, Fashion Frills, Nakabh and so on.