One of the most popular jewelry among both girls and men are all kinds of chains and bracelets made of precious metals - silver and gold. Such jewelry is easy to combine with each other, wear pendants and pendants on them, they always look relevant and do not go out of fashion over time. The most popular weaving for chains and bracelets, especially in the expanses of the post-Soviet space, is Bismarck weaving.
History of occurrence
"Bismarck" is a dense, strong and reliable chain of complex weaving. Looking at it, we can assume that it was intended mainly for representatives of the monarchy, since it looks quite vintage. However, the history of weaving goes back less than a century. The name comes from the name of the German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, who was distinguished by a strong character andincredible self-confidence, just like Bismarck weave is reliable and durable. In the middle of the 20th century, chains and bracelets of this design appeared in Italy under the name Garibaldi, but very soon became popular around the world and acquired more and more new names: "Kaiser", "Cardinal", and others.
Weaving gained particular popularity in the 90s in the ex-USSR as an ornament for crime bosses, whose chains weighed 300-400 grams.
Gradually, such products began to be made thinner and wider sections of the population could afford such a "trinket".
The technology for creating chains and bracelets "Bismarck" of gold or silver is manual, although in modern times there is a variation of this type of lay called "double track", made by machines. By the way, there can be several rows in the Bismarck weave - three, four or more.
To make a chain of such a lay of precious metals, a wire is pulled out, which is twisted into a spiral (spring). Such spirals are woven into each other and soldered. The result is a beautiful, dense, strong and tightly woven chain.
Gold for Bismarck weaving is one of the most common materials, but jewelry in this design is often made from silver.
Give chains and bracelets made according to thistechnology, even more charm and originality are helped by diamond edges on the links and the blackening technique, which enhance the brilliance and play of light on the products.
Depending on the placement of links in relation to each other, their number and density of weaving, different types of products are distinguished.
Types of weaving "Bismarck"
Variations on the theme of "Bismarck" are very diverse, and outwardly look like completely different chains. The most popular types are:
- Glamorous - Women's version of chains and bracelets, the side links of which are decorated with teardrop-shaped or twisted elements.
- "Arab" is a flat version, reminiscent of a chain of armor.
- Triple "Bismarck" and double - variations with several links in a row.
- The semi-bulky variant has irregular oval-shaped links, in which the thickness is equal to or slightly greater than the width. May also be double or triple.
- Springel - a weave similar to a semi-voluminous Bismarck, but the links are round.
- Royal (Byzantine) - original and complex weaving from many rings.
- Cardinal (fox tail, herringbone) - the links in this type of weaving are located in different directions, like spruce branches.
The "Bismarck" has a number of noticeable advantages over other types of chain weaving.
Its main advantages are:
- Long service life.
- Stylishproduct appearance.
- High resistance to deformation, damage and abrasion.
- High density of the product, allowing you to complement it with large, heavy pendants.
Gold chains "Bismarck" are products purchased for many years and losing their relevance. A wide range and many variations of bracelets and chains of this type allow you to choose jewelry for every taste and budget.
Bismarck bracelets are popular with both women and men. Men's counterparts, most often, are thick and rather rough, with massive locks, while women's ones are more delicate and delicate.
In addition, girls often choose "Bismarck" weaving for a leg bracelet, as its high density and durability allows you not to lose jewelry even while relaxing on the beach and active swimming.
The Bismarck chain as a female and male jewelry
The Bismarck gold chain is extremely popular among men who value durability and reliability in everything that surrounds them. The representatives of the stronger sex, first of all, are attracted by the strength of the product, in addition, both the chain and the bracelet of such weaving look complex and original, do not lose relevance, serve their owner for a long time, and, most importantly, perform their main function 100% – decorate.
Original variationson the theme of "Bismarck", especially the weaving of a streamlet and the Arabic counterpart, products with a diamond edge, are popular among girls. Weaving options with a lower density feel airy and do not overload delicate female hands and necks, while the reliability of products remains the same high.
What to combine the chain with
Despite the complexity and originality of the Bismarck weave, it is quite easy to combine it with other jewelry. The easiest way is to choose a bracelet of similar weaving to the chain, while it is important that the color of the metal used in the manufacture of both products matches. In addition, the chain and bracelet do not have to have the same thickness - the latter can be several times more massive than the first, but the type of weaving in the jewelry should be the same.
Bismarck is also common in combination with pectoral crosses and amulets, and its high strength allows it to withstand fairly weighty pendants. At the same time, there is a rule according to which the weight of the pendant should not exceed half the weight of the chain, otherwise the chain may break. The rule applies to both silver and gold Bismarck chains.
All kinds of pendants and pendants can be combined with both a chain and a bracelet from this weaving, while choosing a pendant, it is important to check that its eye passes freely through the chain.
Caring for chains and bracelets
Braided chains and bracelets are jewelry that is customary to wear all the time without taking it off.This fact is largely due to the fact that it is quite easy to forget about the presence of a chain around the neck, because you do not see it all the time. After several months of active wear, gold chains lose their original luster and become cloudy.
Silver chains are even worse, as they not only lose color uniformity, but also blacken. Such changes are caused by regular exposure of precious metals to sweat and cosmetics used in daily care, as they oxidize them.
Water, both sea water and tap water, which leaves plaque on products, is no less harmful to jewelry. Gradually, the remains of sebum are also deposited on the chains. Daily operation in difficult conditions not only harms the chain, but also the lock, inside which the spring is located. Oxidation of the spring is fraught with breakage of the clasp and the risk of losing the chain and pendants that are worn on it.
To avoid such unfortunate consequences, braided chains and bracelets need regular care and cleaning:
- Bismarck chains made of gold and silver can be washed both with soapy water and with a special tool that is sold in jewelry stores. It is recommended to carry out the procedure as the chain becomes dirty.
- After bathing, the jewelry is wiped dry and polished with a soft, lint-free cloth such as suede.
- If chains and bracelets are removed every day, it is important to store them properly to avoid tangling.
- A closed box is best suited for jewelry chains, and each piece should be placed in a separatesoft material pouch.
Bismarck weaving is one of the best options for both women's and men's jewelry. Products of such weaving can last for years and even be inherited by the next generations.