The Chain Gang is a set of 3 separate yet different bracelets with a Single Extender/3-Way Harmony Earring Accessory. Each is purchased individually.
These chains are an integral part of the TeaGardenJewelry collection. Same-size end links seamlessly blend in with one another using matching spring clasps to form necklaces of varying lengths. They also combine with the Silk & Silver Charms and the Charming Beady Guys Rings.
They are one-of-a-kind, custom made, chain links, hand fabricated and fused, by me in my studio, using 14 guage, .999 Pure Silver. The clasps and the endless hoop earrings are machine-made, Sterling Silver.
Playing with .999 Pure Silver is different than with alloy metals such as Argentium and Sterling Silver. This pure, precious metal is softer than either Argentium or Sterling.
Pure Silver doesn't tarnish, it's recyclable and more sustainable than other silvers. It is fused rather than soldered meaning no other metals are introduced during the joining process.
I love the contradictory nature of pure silver because you both don't need to take care of it, because it doesn't tarnish like other metals; and you do need to take care of it, because it is soft like gold.
These pieces have been work hardened to withstand daily wear. You will, though, want to take them off at the end of the day and to put them to sleep in their little tin case(s) and the sterling pieces should be put in their zip bags with the tarnish strip provided ... it keeps them from tarnishing. I tend to bed mine in a dedicated space because it helps me remember where they are - so they're within quick reach when the urge to pair them with a cup of tea strikes my fancy.
FUN FACT: Do you know you change the purity and taste of water, used for tea (or coffee) by charging it with pure silver ... tea cups lined in pure silver are sold for this very purpose and many swear by them - I know, I do.
I have a lovely one that I use when drinking pu'erh Mei Leaf and The Tea Practitioner teas from. It noticeably enhances the citrus flavours in these teas.
Geek Out: Pure Silver is 99.9% Silver, Argentium is between 96% and 93.5% Silver depending on the percentage of metals added (the latter is 5.5% Copper and 1% Germanium) where Sterling Silver is 92.5% Silver (7.5% usually copper or zinc).
Bracelets and extender/earring sets are designed to be combined in various ways:
- Two 7-1/2 " bracelets can be linked to form a 15" collar necklace. With the addition of 1 extender, it becomes a choker at 17" and with 2 extenders, it becomes a 19" princess style necklace.
- Each extender can also be worn as an earring, one worn in 3 ways, depending on how the links are looped through each sterling endless hoop earring.
- Three bracelets join to form a 23"matinee style necklace, add a couple of extenders and create a 27" opera length necklace.
Mix&Match: the Harmony, Variety and Harmony with Variety Bracelets to create necklaces of various lengths. Extenders further vary bracelet/necklace lengths.
See Sizing Guide for Necklace Types and Measurements.
Single 3-Link Extender/3-Way Earring Accessory: 3 links of 14 guage, Pure .999 Silver, 13mm (1-7/8 inch wide) includes a Sterling spring clasp + a Sterling endless hoop earring, 12mm. $60 ... (psssst - the rings can also be worn as a rolling trinity ring on a finger of your first knuckle (e-mail your ring size after you make the purchase to have a specific size made).
Harmony Bracelet: 15 links of 14 guage, Pure .999 Silver, 13mm (7-1/2 inches long x 5/8 inch wide), includes Sterling spring clasp) $140.00
Harmony w Variety Bracelet: 11 links of 14 guage, Pure .999 Silver, 16mm (8-1/4 inchles long x 3/4 inch wide), includes Sterling spring clasp) $140.00
Variety Bracelet: 11 links of 14 guage, Pure .999 Silver, 13/16/20mm (7-3/4 inches long x 7/8 inch wide), includes Sterling spring clasp) $140.00