Serenity Necklace

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Style Guide: Necklaces and Chains

Kristen Baird Guide to Chains

Unlike rings, which must be precisely sized in order to fit correctly, most necklace lengths will fit everyone. The right chain has more to do with style and preference than fit. That said, there are a lot of styles to choose from! Many people might not even realize they have a preference when it comes to chains until they see the options. Here’s everything you need to know about necklaces and chains!

Length

The first thing you need to consider when choosing a chain is length. I offer chains in standard sizes of 16, 18, 20, and 24 inch chains. Some necklaces are intended to be worn on shorter chains, like chokers, and some are meant to be longer. For the most part, though, it is a matter of preference. For custom jewelry, I also offer in-between sizes.

For an idea of what different chain lengths look like when work, check out this chart:

Kristen Baird Chain Length Chart

Adjustment

If requested, I’m often able to make adjustable-length chains. These chains will have one longer closure and one shorter closure - typically two inches, but that can be altered depending on your needs. This is helpful for styling necklaces with different pieces of clothing and for layering. (You know how much I love layering!) Selecting a 16” piece and an 18” piece (or an 18” with a 20”) is another simple way to “hack” layering without having to use adjustments.

Kristen Baird necklace layering styles

You can always contact me if you need a specific size. I’m happy to create custom sizes and add adjustments when needed.

Connections

Are you ready to get nerdy about jewelry? Here we go!

There are two basic ways of connecting pendants to chains: fixed and unfixed. Unfixed pendants can be removed from the chain. They often use a jump ring, which is a simple loop that is soldered closed, or a bail which is a fancy decorative connector that also allows the pendant to be removed from the chain. Bails can come in all kinds of fun shapes.

Many of my necklace designs use fixed connections, meaning that the chain is connected to the pendant and cannot be removed. There are a bunch of ways to do fixed connections, but (and this should come as no surprise) I actually have a signature style, which I call the Crescent Connection.

Kristen Baird Chain Connection types

This little innovation actually came about by way of a happy accident. I was about to solder a jump ring closed when - rookie move - I melted the jump ring! Well, metal is unique in that it likes to “pull up” into a little ball when it melts. Crazy enough, this jump ring pulled into a half circle with a little ball at the end. “Hmmm,” I thought, “That’s surely interesting!” The chain was now fixed to the piece with a little ball holding it in place. “I wonder what would happen if I purposely melted the other side of the jump ring too…” Well that, my friends, started a whole new thing for me! And that’s the story of how an “oopsie” moment turned into a signature element.

Another cool feature of the Crescent Connection is that it can be done in all silver or another metal like yellow gold to give a piece a two-toned look (like I did with this Current Necklace). Kinda neat right? 

Chain Styles

Remember those herringbone chains from the 70s? If you got a kink in them, well, good luck because you’re going to be living with that weird-looking bump forever! Fortunately, this doesn’t happen with my favorite chain styles.

We offer a choice of three chains for our unfixed pendants: Flow, River, and Dewdrop. Each one is available in all our metals and all standard sizes. 

Kristen Baird Chain Styles: River, Dewdrop, Flow

The Flow Chain is our basic Rolo chain. Rolos have circular links that are rounded on the outside and flattened on the inside and perform really well for daily wear. They are sturdy, strong and very flexible for general movement. No worries about twisting! Not to say this style won’t ever break (we are harder on our jewelry than we realize sometimes) but overall it functions super well and holds up nicely. It’s a winner for me! 

The River Chain is a close cousin of the Flow Chain but is composed of uniform oval links. Like the Flow Chain, it is both fashionable and durable.

If you want to step things up a notch, the sweet and sparkling Dewdrop Chain is the way to go. This dainty and elegant beaded chain is ideal for pairing with The Graceful Glimmer collection pendants and our ever-popular mini-pearl pendant.  It’s also great for everyday wear, but it is a bit more delicate, so take it off before you head to the gym!

Clasps

Few things are more irritating than struggling with a tiny-tiny clasp on your necklace while you’re trying to get out the door. I want my jewelry to be fun to wear, not frustrating, so for silver jewelry I always swap out “standard” tiny spring ring clasps for more usable lobster clasps, which have a larger hook that opens and closes. The standard size of these clasps is 8-10mm long, but if you struggle with clasps I can size up to make it even easier! Because of the cost of gold, swapping out the clasp may require an extra charge, but I can absolutely still do it if necessary. Let me know, and we can always upgrade the clasp to something that works for you!

Mixing and Matching

Kristen Baird Necklace Mixing and Matching

I’m a huge fan of two-tone styles and mixing metals. I’m also a huge fan of customizing and personalizing everything, so much so that I’ve made this a focal point of the Graceful Glimmer Collection. As I said above, the Crescent Connection can give a two-tone style to any silver necklace and pendants can be worn on a variety of chains. So go ahead and be creative!

Whoo! Who knew there was so much to learn about chains? But what can I say, I love getting carried away talking about jewelry. If you have any lingering questions, feel free to just reach out and ask - or leave them here in the comments!

Serenity /səˈrenədē/ noun - the state of being calm, peaceful and untroubled.

Like the perfect summer day or a tranquil evening under the stars, our Serenity Necklace represents all that is calm and good. With its balanced, symmetrical frame and harmonious combination of colors and textures, this piece oozes with simplistic beauty and classic design. Within this ocean-inspired necklace sits a gemstone, nestled gently in the base of the oval exterior. Bringing balance to this two-tones piece, 18K gold granules are thoughtfully scattered within the perimeter, adding just the right amount of texture and movement. Minimal and classic, the Serenity Necklace is perfect for day-to-night wear. Wear it to the office or out on the town, this versatile piece is ready to go!

For an added sparkle, pair this beauty with any of our signature Ripple Rings!

The signature Ripple Collection by Kristen Baird® is organic, fluid-like and natural. Look upon soft snowdrops covering boulders among cloudy mountain peaks. Imagine the gentle rush of water in a riverbed, as it winds its way home. Inspired by the natural and pure movements of water, each piece in the collection perfectly combines organic, swirling motion of a tranquil landscape with modern drizzles of inspirations. Wear them any day, at any moment, for any event - these pieces will quickly become your forever go-to’s.

This handcrafted piece measures approximately 25mm wide by 36mm at the longest point; and features a pop of color with a 10mm gemstone of your choice. Depending on your style preference, the 1.5 mm sterling silver rolo chain is available in your choice of a fixed chain that is adjustable between 15"-17”, 17"-19” or 19-21”. The chain fastens with a lobster clasp in the back, for ease of wear. Additional chain lengths and gemstone options may be available upon request.  

At Kristen Baird® Jewelry, we use partially to fully recycled sterling silver. The pearls used are carefully selected in line with our commitment to social responsibility. Each piece is precisely handcrafted in our Savannah, GA studio. As proof of authenticity, each piece is tagged with the Kristen Baird® logo, along with the .925 quality mark, prior to delivery.

Due to the natural characteristics of gemstones along with the handcrafted nature of our one-of-a-kind designs, each piece may contain slight variances from the photos shown. These variances allow uniqueness in every creation, but never take away from the quality of work or the complexity of design.

Current production time is 1-3 weeks for items that require creation, sizing, or customization, but fear not, we do have items that are ready to ship! For specific details, please contact us at kristen@kristenbaird.com

Have questions? Curious about customization options? Need a rush shipment? Email us for more information at kristen@kristenbaird.com or call us at 804-647-6096. We look forward to being of assistance! 

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