Antique Slide Chains: What are They & How to Wear Them
We often get asked about slide chains and how to wear them. These beautiful pieces are often overlooked by shoppers and we’re here to explain why you need one in your jewelry box.
Slide chains, also called muff chains, lorgnette chains, guard chains and locket chains, have not changed much stylistically over time. However, they’ve held many purposes, and their purposes reflect the trends of the era. Chains can be found in fine metals such as solid gold, gold fill, silver but also in Pinchbeck. The use of various metals likely made them widely accessible to women across all classes.
Slide chains were designed to hold pocket watches, which were then tucked in dress pockets or dangled from waist belts. They also could have been layered, or doubled-over, to hold a locket near the heart. Slide chains were also used as muff chains, holding up a fur muff on cold winter nights.
Today you can style them as a choker with a long layer, double them up for the look of two necklaces, or as one MJV customer suggested, use them for your ID card (here’s to you nurses, teachers and students)!
The versatility of silde chains likely made them popular, as they could be worn long or short. We speculate a woman with a more sedentary lifestyle may have worn the chain long, while a middle-class woman who held a job may have doubled the chain to still be fashionable but more practical.
Regardless of your job today, we think slide chains are some of the more underrated jewelry pieces and can be brought into the modern times. Scroll down to see how we have styled the chains.
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Let us know your thoughts or ideas you have on how to wear a slide chain to suit your life!