The word pendant is derived from the Latin word, pendere, for handing down and describes an ornament that is suspended from a cord or chain. Although it’s a fine distinction, this is different from a necklace in the relative importance of the hanging element to the cord or chain that supports it. In the case of a pendant, decisions about size, color, finish and detail of the cord or chain are determined by what will best complement the pendant. In the case of a necklace, the whole unit is conceived as being of equal importance.
In many cases the best option for a pendant is a machine-made chain, which can be bought finished in several popular lengths or by the inch. Chains come in many different types of metals- sterling silver, yellow gold, rose gold, white gold, platinum and different colored plated metals. Look for plated metal chains that are well made. Some cheap chains can be extremely thin metal and might kink and break easily. Commercial chain can be patinated which is sometimes useful in making the chain related to your handmade pendant. Similarly, a handmade clasp can enhance an otherwise commonplace chain.
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