This is one of my most favorite chain maille necklaces to make and wear! It is so versatile, whether made with gem stones, crystals or drilled rocks – it makes a statement! This gorgeous chain maille collar can be worn with casual clothes, as part of a costume or to an evening affair! The woven chain is ¾” wide, the banded amethyst sticks increase the length by 2” to 2 ½” more. Compared to the Sardonyx Lace necklace, this one has larger jump rings and is heavier.
All bracelets, necklaces and belts can be sized smaller or larger. Note: Use a flexible tape measure or string to measure your wrist (not tightly) and convo the length you need. Custom made bracelets or necklaces are non-refundable [Adjusting an existing piece is not considered custom made unless they are major adjustments].
Amethyst. A "stone of change, protection & enlightenment". Enhances spiritual awareness,
meditation, visualization, serenity & composure. Attracts good luck & love, calms &
transforms. Shifts energies to the higher frequencies of both the spiritual & ethereal levels.
Materials: I use stainless steel as is it will not oxidize or rust, it’s very easy to care for and clean and it’s very sturdy. Unlike sterling silver, stainless steel needs very little care in fact, it will only get shinier the more you wear it. Stainless also makes chain maille pieces more affordable as the cost of sterling continues to rise. While aluminum jump rings are very light, they are not very durable [although anodized aluminum is somewhat harder than un-anodized]. Over time, even aluminum alloys will oxidize.
European weaves are the most commonly seen flat maille weave. These maille patterns were likely created by the Celts around 400 B.C. It was started by sewing wrought iron rings edge to edge onto leather armor to reinforce it. Over time linking the rings directly to one another in an interlocking fashion created more flexibility and strength could be obtained by weaving with leather. Early on the pattern alternated between rows of soldered rings and rows of riveted rings, but after 14th century all rings were riveted. When the Romans arrived they adopted the practice into their own armor.