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Old Yesterday, 11:28 AM   #1
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I Need HELP Selecting a Necklace/Chain

So here it is:
The holidays are upon us.
I want to purchase a necklace/chain for this woman I am seeing.
She carries her grandmother's wedding ring with her all the time, but it is too large on her fingers, and she doesn't want to get the ring resized.

So, what kind of chain, (metal type: Gold/silver/platinum/titanium)
Anything else I should know?

Assume a price point of $250 or less
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Old Yesterday, 11:35 AM   #2
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White gold is always nice. What color is the ring?
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Old Yesterday, 11:46 AM   #3
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The ring is yellow gold with a small diamond set into it.

My primary concern is that the chain be functionally strong enough to carry the ring without too much risk of breaking.

My secondary concern is that the chain look nice.

The ring in question is similar to this, except it is more feminine, and does not have the beveled edges.
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So here it is:
The holidays are upon us.
I want to purchase a necklace/chain for this woman I am seeing.
She carries her grandmother's wedding ring with her all the time, but it is too large on her fingers, and she doesn't want to get the ring resized.

So, what kind of chain, (metal type: Gold/silver/platinum/titanium)
Anything else I should know?

Assume a price point of $250 or less
Why not?
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Old Yesterday, 12:06 PM   #5
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I think if you go to a mall, they have several jewelers that will have many options for yellow gold chain necklaces within that price range. I think best you will find will be 14k gold necklaces which should be strong enough to hold the ring.
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I think if you go to a mall, they have several jewelers that will have many options for yellow gold chain necklaces within that price range. I think best you will find will be 14k gold necklaces which should be strong enough to hold the ring.
She is more likely to lose the ring on a necklace as opposed to having it properly sized for her finger.....reason I was asking about her not getting it sized?
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there is a problem.....if you just put the ring on the chain, over time, it wears on the ring/chain....depending on which is harder (either the ring or the chain). so to truly preserve the ring, I would talk to a jeweler to find out the best way to attach it without wearing it out.
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She is more likely to lose the ring on a necklace as opposed to having it properly sized for her finger.....reason I was asking about her not getting it sized?
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there is a problem.....if you just put the ring on the chain, over time, it wears on the ring/chain....depending on which is harder (either the ring or the chain). so to truly preserve the ring, I would talk to a jeweler to find out the best way to attach it without wearing it out.
Yep. This is how my ex wife lost my high school class ring.
It was harder on me losing that ring than losing her......
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there is a problem.....if you just put the ring on the chain, over time, it wears on the ring/chain....depending on which is harder (either the ring or the chain). so to truly preserve the ring, I would talk to a jeweler to find out the best way to attach it without wearing it out.
The best way to attach it is on a finger.
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The best way to attach it is on a finger.

you are correct.
She does not want to resize it because she wants to preserve it the way her grandmother wore it.
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there is a problem.....if you just put the ring on the chain, over time, it wears on the ring/chain....depending on which is harder (either the ring or the chain). so to truly preserve the ring, I would talk to a jeweler to find out the best way to attach it without wearing it out.

I will look into this, it seems to be very solid advice, thank you.

And thank you to all the other C5'rs who chimed in, I truly appreciate it.
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you are correct.
She does not want to resize it because she wants to preserve it the way her grandmother wore it.
If it means that much to her, and she does not want to resize it, you need to tell her to put it away.

It's a nice thought you have but that is asking for trouble.
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I will look into this, it seems to be very solid advice, thank you.

And thank you to all the other C5'rs who chimed in, I truly appreciate it.
His advice while seems logical really doesn't matter. 9 times out of 10 when a chain "breaks" it is the clasp that breaks or the O ring that connects the clasp to the chain.
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His advice while seems logical really doesn't matter. 9 times out of 10 when a chain "breaks" it is the clasp that breaks or the O ring that connects the clasp to the chain.

This is good to know.
I am completely ignorant about jewelry in general.
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Could she have it put into a pendant that has a compartment inside and then put on a chain?
Maybe even one with a glass cover that the ring could still be visible.
Something similar to this.
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This is good to know.
I am completely ignorant about jewelry in general.
Any questions feel free to pm me.

In the business for 20 years.
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Old Yesterday, 01:29 PM   #17
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Could she have it put into a pendant that has a compartment inside and then put on a chain?
Maybe even one with a glass cover that the ring could still be visible.

WOW! that sounds like a sweet idea.
Thanks!
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WOW! that sounds like a sweet idea.
Thanks!
I added a example picture.
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I wear a necklace with a pendant that my great grandfather (whom I was named after) wore. I, too, was worried about the O-ring stretching and breaking, thusly losing the pendant.
My local jeweler found me the best option. The chain isn't suitable for a lady, but the best bit of advice is having the O-ring welded shut, eliminating the possibility of it stretching and opening.
The O-ring comes actually shaped like "C" and they crimp it to an O and then weld the ends together.
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His advice while seems logical really doesn't matter. 9 times out of 10 when a chain "breaks" it is the clasp that breaks or the O ring that connects the clasp to the chain.
This is true....which is why I have had every single LOOP soldered into a solid loop......AND the absolute best clasp to put on the chain is a LOBSTER Clasp....I have never seen break or come apart.
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This is good to know.
I am completely ignorant about jewelry in general.
I have a James Avery necklace I've worn for 14 years... with a cross on it and my wedding ring half the time... Offshore...My mastiff hooked his claws in it numerous times... it just hangs in there like a champ... If there is a James Avery in the area, check them out, or look online...
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