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Everything You Need to Know About Necklaces and Chains for Today’s Modern Man

We’re witnessing a renaissance in men’s jewellery right now, with necklaces and chains really at the forefront of change. More men are – thankfully – embracing these new accessories with grace and excitement, and they’re becoming essential elements of men’s modern style.

Let’s dive into the types of chains and necklaces available, how to make the right choice, and how you can wear them to elevate your overall look.

Types of Necklaces and Chains

Basic Distinction Between Necklaces and Chains

Necklaces and chains are not the same. Often, these names are used interchangeably, but they shouldn’t be! There are distinctive characteristics between necklaces and chains. A chain is usually something simple; unadorned, a strand of metal links. Necklaces can include chains that have elements like beads, pendants, or gems.

Different Types of Chains

Cuban Link: This is a chain known for its interlocking system with uniform links. These create a solid, sleek appearance that exudes confidence for those who wear it. It’s a popular option for statement pieces for men.


Figaro: The Figaro alternates between long links and short links, which creates a unique and stylish pattern. It’s a suitable option for both formal and casual wear, and it’s a versatile choice for any man.


Rope: For something textured and durable, choosing a rope chain is a smart idea. They offer a touch of elegance to any outfit and feature links to resemble a rope in miniature.


Box Chain: This type of necklace consists of a chain of square links that are simple and strong, which can then be worn with a pendant or alone.

Materials Used for Chains

Gold: A timeless choice, gold embodies luxury and can be available in a range of karats. With gold, you get durability and the best part about gold is you can even choose different hues.


Silver: For a sleek, more modern look, silver chains are a great choice. They’re also more affordable than gold without compromising on durability and shine.


Stainless Steel: Known for durability and strength in material, this is great for men looking for a low-maintenance option.

How to Choose the Right Necklace and Chain

Factors to Consider While Choosing a Necklace and Chain

Personal Style: Any necklace or chain that you choose to wear should always be reflective of your style. There will be a chain to suit your aesthetic, whether you’re looking for something subtle or something bold.


Occasion: What are you dressing up for? Work? An event? A casual Saturday outing? No matter what, there’s a chain or a necklace that’ll work for your outfit.


Neck Size and Shape: You want to enhance your appearance, and a well-chosen necklace or chain that complements your neck size and shape adds to your overall look.

Tips for Selecting the Right Length, Width, and Material

Always choose a length that sits comfortably on your neck. Chains come in a range of lengths, from 18 to 24 inches and men usually pick the 20-inch mark. Width is also important with slimmer chains offering more subtlety.

The material choice should also be a consideration, with skin sensitivity and budget both a factor.

Dos and Don’ts of Styling Necklaces and Chains

Do – always layer chains of different lengths and styles for a stylish, contemporary look.

Do – enhance your choice of necklace or chain with complementary accessories such as rings or bracelets.

Don’t – overdo it; be complimentary, not cluttered.

Don’t – neglect the maintenance of your chains to keep them looking their best.

Ways to Wear Necklaces and Chains

Different Ways to Style a Necklace and Chain

Layering: When you layer multiple chains, you create a fashionable look that works for both casual and formal outfits.


Solo Statement Piece: Wearing something around your neck without other jewellery offers a powerful style statement. Choose something that’ll draw attention.


Wearing with a Pendant: Adding a pendant to your necklace or chain is a symbol of personal significance and style.

Styling Tips for Different Outfits and Occasions

When it comes to casual outfits, wear a chain that fits with the look: not too bright and bold! For something more formal, choose something that exudes elegance while adding sophistication. This won’t overwhelm your outfit!

Examples of Stylish Men Rocking Necklaces and Chains in Different Ways

Just look at the red carpet these days and you’ll see everyone from Timothee Chalamet to The Rock rocking stylish chains and necklaces.

Discover Your Style With Experienced Calgary Jewelers

Ready to elevate your jewellery game? Visit Alberta Diamond Exchange and explore our wide selection of necklaces and chains.

Book an appointment today to find your perfect chain and make a statement with your style.




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