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Gold by the Inch

Updated on August 23, 2017

Sold on Ships: Inch of Gold

If you've been on a cruise ship, you've probably seen neck chains and chain bracelets sold by the inch/ It's hard to miss the Inch of Gold table, with seeming miles of many styles of chains displayed on spools, from which you can have your chosen length cut, and a clasp attached, along with a promise of a lifetime guarantee. Two things:

First, Inch of Gold, Inc. is the company that wholesales the chains, complete with the display spools, and it is they who offer a lifetiime replacement guarantee.

Second, it IS what they call it: fashion jewelry. It is NOT solid gold.

Having been on my fair share of cruises, I had seen these tables MANY times, always surrounded by a crowd, but never considered buying. Until year before last. Then, I took the chance. Why, after over 30 cruises, did I finally buy from Inch of Gold, and what do I think of it now? That's what I'm about to tell you.

Photo - my own

What Kind of "Gold" is it?

Electroplate, Washed, or Layered

Remember the term "electroplate?" It's essentially that. Other terms I''ve heard recently are "gold washed" and "gold layered."

The company's lifetime guarantee certificate, which you receive with your purcase, says it's "layered" with 18k gold, or, in the case of silver chains, with sterling silver, "electronically applied to jelweler's metal by the use of the latest technology," and then sealed with their (trademarked) protectant, called Acryseal. The little leaflet, which is in five languages, by the way, says the Jeweler's metal is brass mixed with a "small amount" of nickel.

So, there you have it.

KEEP YOUR RECEIPT in case you should EVER need to return it at any time. Guaranteed repairs or replacement. That's what it says -no time limit. (No refunds, either)

What Did I Buy?

And Why?


A matching bracelet and necklace, and 2 additional bracelets. (The necklace - which matches the plain gold bracelet - didn't make it in the photo, because I have it on!)

I also got two rings. They aren't actually from the same company, but I bought them at the same time. They were being sold right beside the Inch of Gold chains, and by the same sales associate. But, they're not included in the guarantee. The point is to know what you are buying, and from whom, and what guarantees cover which items.


It was a friend's recommendation, simple as that. She had bought some several years before, had been very satisfied, and was back for more. Together, we went on a little shopping spree! It was fun. Just us girls, shopping at sea.

Have You Ever?

Have you ever bought the Inch of Gold chain jewelry on a cruise ship?

Have you ever bought the Inch of Gold chain jewelry on a cruise ship?

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How Much DoesThis Jewelry Cost?

And where is it available?


The answer is, it varies.

The day I bought mine, the 'per inch price' ranged from about $1.50 to just under $5.00, depending on which chain you chose.

Sometimes, there will be a sale, or you will find a discount coupon in your cabin. Watch for these.

I seem to recall there was an aditional charge for the lobster claw clasp... a couple of bucks or so.


I think I may have seen it in other places besides aboard cruise ships. Maybe.

However, I'm not big on shopping, so I could be mistaken there. I think I MAY have seen it once or twice in a mall kiosk, but I wouldn't swear that it was the "real" Inch of Gold or some other company's product.

I know you can't miss it on a cruise ship, though!

Am I satisfied with my Gold by the Inch?

Would Anyone be Satisfied?


It's been well over a year, and so far, I've enjoyed wearing my jewelry purchases. It's a comfortable feeling knowing I am wearing something that looks good and is wearing well, but won't break my heart if I should lose it. It IS what it IS. It's fashion jewelry, and I love having it for everyday wear, and saving my 'good' jewelry for 'dress up' and special occasions.

I am pleased enough that, on my next cruise, I might get a companion necklace for the bracelet pictured at right. For starters.


Probably not everyone. Especially not someone who thinks they are getting a 'too good to be true' deal on solid gold. (Remember - Solid it's not!) But I think most people who are looking for decent quality everyday fashion jewelry would be happy with it.

I can tell you that I've spoken with a few cruise passengers who were unhappy with it. They were definitely in the minority, but there were a few.

What do YOU think?

I've known peoplewho bought and were very pleased, including myself. BUT I've also spoken with or read about those who don't like it at all. One said her bracelet turned her arm green! So, it may not be for everyone. What about YOU?

Have you - or would you - buy Inch of Gold chain jewelrly if you had the opportunity, either on a cruise ship or otherwise?

Would you buy Inch of Gold? If you HAVE, would you buy more? Why?

Gold Chains for Comparison - Gold and Gold "Layered" Chains

If you'd like to compare pricing between gold and 'gold layered,' here are a couple of each, from Amazon. (Not sold by the inch... but math is fun!)

Now, this really isn't an apples to apples comparison. For that, you'd need to compare chains of the same style, thickness, weight, etc. But this should give you a general idea and a place to start.

And, if you want a nice neck chain or bracelet, you can get one right now, without having to book a cruise.

Inch of Gold

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      5 years ago

      I own the Canadian flagship store, and worldwide retail online web site for inch of gold, . We are very happy with the product, and service all warranties from cruise ship lines! We sell the full line and have free shipping worldwide! If you have any questions about the product feel free to email at

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      6 years ago

      Just stopping by again and thought I would let you know I did. :)

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      6 years ago

      I look forward to buying my gold-by-the-inch on the cruise ship. I have bought ankle bracelets and bracelets, shower with them and have not taken the ankle bracelet off in 2 years. I am lazy so I love that I do not have to take the jewelry on and off. Also, I have a big ankle so it is hard to get an ankle bracelet to fit. The price is definitely worth it. Hope you buy and enjoy as much as I do.

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      6 years ago from Australia

      I like your philosophical approach to your jewelry.

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      6 years ago

      The concept is great ... i.e., "gold by the inch." It allows the buyer to customize, perhaps by budget, or perhaps by size of their neck and wrist. It makes you think that buying a size 4 ring vs a size 12 ring ... that those should be adjust too ... with a price scale.

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      6 years ago

      Very honest review.

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      6 years ago

      Gold is Gold dear, now it is just thinkable to buy.

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      7 years ago

      I like the balance here of a word to the wise and being a satisfied customer.

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      7 years ago

      Good information. Lensrolled with Feng Shui Happiness.

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      7 years ago

      Sounds interesting and if I ever get around to taking another cruise I will have to check out this gold by the inch, I love jewelry. Nice lens, very informative.

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      7 years ago

      Very interesting, a range I never knew existed. Thanks for the information

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      7 years ago from East Central Florida

      @Redneck Lady Luck: Nope - it's 18k gold or sterling silver layered onto jeweler's metal

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for the enlighting me on this jewelry. So it is silver or gold plate rather than the weighted gold. Ahhh and I do so like my true gold jewelry.


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