A Special Piece of Jewelry – Part IV

We are down to our last component – the chain!

Ball chain with lapis lazuli beads

Ball chain with lapis lazuli beads

I have to admit, I decided this part a long time ago.  What better to continue the military theme than ball chain?  This 2.5 mm ball chain is just a tad larger than the chain used by our Armed Forces for dog tags.  However, the military uses a stronger stainless steel chain, whereas my chain is sterling silver – so I needed the bump up in size for added strength.  Although breakage may sometimes happen due to an unseen chain defect, I’d rather my customers not have that experience!  I always design for durability.

The necklace will be 24″, an easy length to slip over the head without having to open the clasp.  Again, a little shorter than the 29″ necklace the military uses, but a lovely length for most women.

Perky and I visited our local Army recruiting center last week.  We met our friend, SSgt. Bush – remember SSgt Bush who helped with our star component for this necklace?  We also met Sgts. Crawford and Rogers.  Perky was a big hit with everyone!

I was told by Sgt. Crawford that each soldier has two personal ID tags – one on the the 29″ military chain, which has exactly 365 ball beads on it; the other on a smaller chain, with 52 ball beads on it.  If the unthinkable happens and one of our soldiers is captured, they have – in their chains – a way of marking the passage of time.  I didn’t know that – did you?  A sobering thought for us civilians.

SSgt. Bush & Perky

SSgt. Bush & Perky

Sgt. Crawford and Perky

Sgt. Crawford and Perky

Sgt. Rogers & Perky

Sgt. Rogers & Perky

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4 Responses to A Special Piece of Jewelry – Part IV

  1. Dee June 18, 2009 at 9:50 pm #

    This is such a wonderful thing that you are doing..and the necklace sounds like it will be lovely!

  2. Maria June 25, 2009 at 12:13 pm #

    Thanks Dee. I’m putting a lot of work into it – I want it to be perfect.

  3. Susan June 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm #

    Loved the description of the ball bead military chains for the soldiers — how interesting. Thanks for sharing that information.

  4. Maria June 30, 2009 at 9:48 pm #

    Susan, it was an interesting fact – and a big reality check for me. There’s so much we take for granted.