Each bracelet is made of hundreds of individual rings, woven by hand to create each bracelet. ¬†The rings are sterling silver and/or gold filled and of different sizes and weights. ¬†They are measured by their gauge, the thickness of the wire used to create each ring and their diameter. ¬†For my bracelets, I use primarily 16-gauge (heaviest) and 18-gauge (lightest) rings of varying diameters. ¬†One bracelet may look very similar to another while their prices may be quite different, because I’ve used a heavier gauge ring in the more expensive piece. ¬†The bracelets also vary by their metal. ¬†I use only precious metal for my chain maille bracelets; so each is either all sterling silver including the clasp, or a combination of sterling silver and gold filled. ¬†In addition to various gauges and types of metal, there is also the weave to consider when comparing chain maille pieces. ¬†Various weaves require varying amounts of time and intricacy; thus a more intricate weave of similar weight would generally be more costly.
Some of my chain maille bracelets may feature one of my lampwork glass beads. ¬†Each glass bead is one of a kind, thus each picture is a representation of the bracelet you will receive. ¬†If you order a Springfield bracelet, you will not receive the bracelet pictured, but a bracelet made of the same style bead, Springfield. ¬†Though the size and color of each Marseilles bead will remain mostly uniform, there will be some variation from the actual Springfield bracelet pictured.