Base Metal Chain Information

Care Instructions

Like any fashion jewelry, products made with our chain should be treated carefully. Please avoid getting the chain wet, or having it come in to contact with chemicals. Soaps, perfumes, salt water, etc. can all affect the finish of the chain. We do not recommend wearing our chain in the shower, while swimming, or while exercising. The chain is plated, not solid, so it cannot withstand the same sort of wear that a solid gold wedding band can, for example.

Quality and Safety

Our chains are made of high-quality brass or steel-- they will be labelled on the individual product pages accordingly. As the base metal and finishes are free of lead, nickel, cadmium, and other irritating components, the chains and findings are hypoallergenic. We do not carry gold-filled or solid sterling silver chains.

Connected Chain and Continuous Spools


Spools of chain may contain one or more joins. Chains may arrive joined from the factory, and the ends will be connected with wire. The wire is attached while the chain is still raw, so unfortunately wire joins from the factory are the same finish as the rest of the chain and may not be obvious. Please check your chains when you are cutting to avoid having a join in your design.

If this is ever an issue, please let us know and we are happy to replace.

Stock Finishes and Special Finishes

We offer a large variety of colored metal finishes for all of our chains and findings. The colors we carry for a particular chain vary based on popularity and customer demand. If a chain is not listed in a particular finish, you can always special order it and we will have it plated for you.

We have the option of plating any of our chains and findings in a higher quality version. The electroplating uses precious metals and is plated for a longer duration of time, resulting in a thicker coating. It is then electrocoated in clear acrylic sealant, guaranteeing that the color will not tarnish or wear off. These chains are department store quality and used by some of our high-end designers. Please contact us for a quote on a specific chain if you are interested.

Finish Specifications

Antique Brass - brass plating with antiquing and a medium-shine clear coating.
Antique Copper - copper plating with antiquing and a medium-shine clear coating.
Antique Silver - sterling silver plating with antiquing and a medium-shine clear coating (no detectable silver in final product).
Copper - bright copper plating with a shiny clear coating.
Electro Gold Plate- bright gold plating with a shiny clear coating (no detectable gold karat in final product).
Matte Gold - bright gold plating with a matte clear coating (no detectable gold karat in final product).
Gunmetal - dark grey metal plating with antiquing and a medium-shine clear coating.
Matte Gunmetal - dark grey metal plating with antiquing and a matte clear coating.
Night Black - the black coloring is baked on to the chain with no further coating, resulting in a truly matte black finish.
Night Black Shiny - the black coloring is baked on to the chain with a clear shiny coating.
Raw - brass chain with no plating or finish, this will gain a dark patina over time.
Rhodium - bright rhodium plating with a shiny clear coating.
Rose Gold - pink gold plating with a shiny clear coating.
Matte Rose Gold - pink gold plating with a matte clear coating.
Silver Plate - bright sterling silver plating with a shiny clear coating (no detectable silver in final product).


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