What is a cable chain?
The traditional link jewellery chain style that we all know and love. This is one of the most common types of chain so you will likely have heard of it before, but many people refer to it as “cable chain”. It’s known for its oval links that are uniform in their construction and interlocked together to form one of the most classic types of chain necklaces. There are many variations of the link chain.
What is a curb chain?
Curb chain features links that have been flattened and twisted, which interlock tightly together to form a chain. A slight twist on the classic cable jewellery chain types, curb chains are popular in very fine formations at around 1mm and much chunkier variations, ideal for creating statement necklaces. Even more popular is the diamond cut curb chain, which features facets across the surface of each link for a fine professional finish.
What is a figaro chain?
This is a cable chain with flattened links that are not uniform in size. It usually features 2-3 shorter links separated by a longer one and comes in varying sizes and thicknesses. The Figaro chain we have available is diamond cut, leaving a visible sparkle that captures the light. Its unique appearance makes it a popular choice which is often used in men’s jewellery.
What is a ball chain?
A ball chain features small sheet metal balls which are all identical in size and shape. Linked together with short lengths of metal wire, each ball is hollow and has two small holes either side to support the wire. For a delicate look that works well with small modern charms, this is one of the best types of chain necklaces to choose. For a twist on this delicate look, larger ball chains can be used with military-style dog tags for another unique look to add to your repertoire.
What is a trace chain?
One of the most delicate types of chain necklaces which features fine and small oval shaped links. The trace chain is an excellent choice for delicate charm necklaces, with dainty, lightweight pendants. When added sparkle is called for, choose diamond cut trace chain for more intricacy.
What is a belcher chain?
Also known as “rolo chain”, belcher chain is a type of trace chain made with D-shaped links that are fairly broad and of uniform size and shape. Belcher chain is excellent value for money and available in varying sizes and alloys, making one of the most versatile and popular jewellery chain types.
What is a rope chain?
A rope chain consists of links that have been carefully woven together forming twisted, rope-like lengths of chain. There are many designs used to create more intricate and complex versions of rope chain, and as they are such a delicate piece of work themselves, they are often worn in slightly larger sizes where the chain itself is the main attraction.
What is a box chain?
A box chain is made of a series of cubed links and is sometimes referred to as a “Venetian chain”. It’s made using round wire that is then flattened and formed into a series of box-like shapes. These small cubes are then linked together to form a sturdy chain that is smooth in appearance and can be finished off with larger pendants. Thinking of adding your own pendants to some finished box chain? Make sure that the bail you make is large enough to fit the box chain.
What is a snake chain?
Referred to as “Brazilian chain” in some circles, snake chains are a popular choice for many jewellery makers as a standalone chain or with a pendant. They are made of lightly curved plates tightly woven with thin links to form a continuous jewellery chain style. The surface is smooth and, although it seems closed, the chain is very flexible making it an option at a variety of lengths, with or without a pendant.