In the past jewellers would make cast loops and join them together to make chain necklace. This is very time consuming to make join and solder loop back in one piece. Today Precision made equipment makes these silver snake chains. If one ever travels to Asia you will see lot silver necklaces ,especially the most popular the silver Snake chain
The silver snake chain is made up of round smooth metal plates so its actually a tube more than a chain and this give its flexible qualities. This system manufacture is expensive and time consuming so snake chain is always more expensive than traditional loop silver chains and its that shivering movement like a snake that has given this chain its name.
But when you go to these silver snake chain factory’s in Asia you don’t see expensive chain making equipment instead you will see lot rolls with miles chain on them imported from countries like Italy. It is time consuming to cut the chain, solder the clasp and joining loops than to place in packaging
They have made machinery that will do this 4 part process but its capital intensive compared to low Asian wages to finish the chain.
First process is to roll the bars silver. These bars are already melted to 925 silver bars.
Silver that is 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper is perfect combination for making the silver stronger and still display the brilliant silver sparkles
Chain making factory has many stages and some well kept secrets of equipment used to make these chains but heavy pressure machines that can compress silver to roll and diamond cutting equipment is used also.
Snake chain can be 0.70 to 1-2 mm thick and lengths vary with 22 inch the most popular for adults and 16inch for children..
Plated snake chain is not silver. It is basic pewter metal that is rhodium plated to give shinny appearance .But plated chain does not last like silver chain so always best to buy silver chain instead plated
To clean your snake chain use simple sliver clothe and wipe in one direction and to store ,keep in dry jewelry box
If not used for long period it may need cleaning in ultra sonic cleaner.
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