Use silver plated bulk chain to economically add silver chain to your handmade jewelry. Choose from a huge selection of silver plate chain, most sold by the spool and foot (or meter). Find over 50 styles to suit your needs, including everything from dainty cable chain and beading chain to chunky purse chain. Note: Unfortunately, the manufacturer of many of our favorite styles of chain has closed. We are working on replacements -- Some styles on are their way now!
Silver plate will eventually tarnish just like sterling silver and fine silver. Polish it to brighten it back to its original shine, but be gentle. Vigorous polishing can remove the silver plating and expose the base metal below.
Leather can contain hydrogen sulfide, which tarnishes silver and can lead to deterioration of silver plating. We recommend not using silver plated jewelry chain with leather cord.
Rubber bands also contain sulfur, which tarnishes silver. Do not place rubber bands on silver plated jewelry (or even on a plastic bag containing silver plated or sterling silver jewelry).
White plated chain does not match the color of sterling silver as well as silver plated chain, but because the surface is "silvertone" (usually rhodium), white plated chain keeps its shine longer.
Tips: All styles of basemetal chain by the spool (except ball chain) begin with the 5 digits #40-099, followed by their 2-digit style number (-52 is 7.2mm Rollo Chain) and ending with a 1-digit color number (silver plate is -3). To find the matching chain style by the foot, search for the 5 digits #40-090, followed by the style number (-52 is 7.2mm Rollo Chain), and the 1-digit color number. Example: #40-099-52-3 by the spool vs. #40-090-52-3, by the foot). To search for all colors of a particular style of chain, skip the color number at the end -- just search for 40-099-52 (by the spool) or 40-090-52 (by the foot).