Brief History of Gold Chains

Gold chains have been valuable pieces of jewelry for thousands of years, and many wars have been fought over physical gold in both ancient and modern times. 

 

According to Wikipedia, Ancient Egyptians threaded gold links as far back as 2,500 BC.  Egyptian and subsequent ancient cultures incorporated gold jewelry, including gold chains, into their everyday life. 

 

Gold was not only used as money but also had spiritual meaning as well.  Gold was associated with happiness, good luck, and love in differing societies.

Gold chains were worn for prestige and royalty in the middle ages.  Incorporating gemstone jewelry in the attire of royalty also became more commonplace, sometimes adorned on a gold chain.

In modern times gold chains are typically not 100% gold (24K), as gold is soft and malleable.  24K gold jewelry can easily scratch and lose gold particle.  Gold is mixed, or alloyed, with other metals to create stronger jewelry that doesn't scratch.  Therefore gold chains in modern times are often made with 14K to 22K gold.

Gold chains have a long history of being practical as a store of value, or money.  The history has evolved with innovations in gold jewelry.  Larger, thicker chains popularized by "Mr. T" has led to a boom in the gold chain market.  These, larger thicker gold chains are typically yellow gold chains.

As the popularity of gold chains has increased, so have the different styles of gold chains.

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