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  • Jewelry Chain Glossary From A to Z

    A detailed description and list of each unique style of jewelry chain.

  • This blog post shows a jewelry chain glossary from A to Z providing the detailed description of each unique style of jewelry chain. The goal of this post is to help you distinguish between the various jewelry chains you’ll find in the market. This is especially helpful so that you can make better and quick decisions when buying or using jewelry making a chain. In addition, we will also include some of the basic mechanical procedures applied to chains in order to create variations in common designs of jewelry chains.

    Types of Jewelry Chains

    It is important to take not that there hasn’t been a naming agreement for the different kinds of jewelry making the chain that are manufactured in the chain making industry nor is there any agreed convention of naming by jewelry chain suppliers. This is why in this blog you will notice some redundancy in the jewelry chain guide since each name variation is succinctly detailed to make it comprehensive.

     

    The majority of modern chains are available in base metals and precious metals including raw Brass Jewelry Chain, Aluminum Jewelry Chain, Platinum Chain, Gold Chain, bright Solid Copper Jewelry Chain, Sterling Silver Chain, and Steel Chain. These chain metals whether made from precious metals or base metals can be added with colored enamels and metal finishes like antique finish Bronze Jewelry Chain and Copper Plated Chain.

    Raw Brass Link Chains

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    Anchor Chain

    Anchor Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    An anchor chain jewelry item is a classic chain design. Perhaps this design is the easiest to describe out of all the jewelry chain designs available. The anchor chain is characterized as having oval links of the same size that are arranged in a vertical and horizontal pattern alternatively usually having a vertical bar situated right in the middle of each link. Due to the very simplistic design of its links it is hailed as one of the toughest types so jewelry chain in the market, which isn’t surprising as it has the same design with the chains, used in ships to anchor them to ports.

     

    Another term used interchangeably with anchor chains is the marine chain. There are different variations to this type of chain, there’s the flat anchor chain or better known as the figarucci wherein the outermost surface of each link is made flat by diamond cutting. Another variation is the round anchor chain wherein the outermost surfaces are somewhat rounded and then there’s the maritime chain wherein the anchor link design can be seen after every other link.

    Anodised Chain

    Anodised Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    Just to clarify, if you’ve seen an anodized chain you’ll know that it doesn’t have a typical chain design but rather a chain that underwent a coating process called electrolysis to give the chain a decorative or protective oxide finish. The process creates a bonded finish that is able to better withstand abrasion, exposure, and corrosion. In aluminum, which is usually, the metal chosen for anodized jewelry chain, electrolysis creates a thick and solid layer of aluminum oxide. The finish can be used to give color to the chain through inorganic pigments or organic dyes. The pigments are soaked up and sealed within the pores of the oxide layer.

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    Ball Chain

    Ball Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    Ball chain is another unique chain design that consists of balls of metal instead of the usual open links. The balls or often referred to as spheres can either be hollow or solid to minimize its weight. You can choose by having the spheres arranged at regular intervals along the entire length of the chain interconnected by what we’d like to call connector bars or you can place the balls directly adjacent with each other. This type of chain jewelry has its own snap clasp. The larger version of this steel chain is commonly used to hold identification cards rather than for ornamental jewelry. The unique type of jewelry making is better known as pelline chain or bead chain.

    Bar Chain

    Bar Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    A bar chain consists of jump rings or tiny links that are parted by metal bar links. The metal bar links can be elongated, hollow, curved, solid, twisted, shaped or a combination of all of these. This unique style of chain jewelry is also referred to as link and bar chain.

    Barleycorn Chain

    Barleycorn Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    This jewelry chain style is composed of long and slender pear-shaped links all pointing towards a single direction. Tiny hinges join together these teardrop-shaped links, which compromises flexibility. Out of all chain designs, this one has limited flexibility.

    Bead Chain

    Bead Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    Compared to other jewelry chains that are made of up links the bead chain is made entirely of metal spheres. These metal balls can either be hollow or solid to minimize weight. Just like ball chains, the metal spheres can be placed at regular intervals along the length of the entire chain affixed with connector bars or the metal spheres can be placed directly adjoined to each other. This type of chain jewelry has its own snap clasp. The larger version of this steel chain is commonly used to hold Identification Cards rather than for ornamental jewelry. The unique type of jewelry making is better known as pelline chain or bead chain.

    Beaded Chain

    Beaded Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    Beaded chain jewelry are made of beads that are either threaded and secured along the entire length of a chain or they can be individually linked together with the use of wire loops that are inserted through the beads and connected to the next wired bead until they make a chain.

    Beading Chain

    Beading Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    A beading chain can have two types, one is it can be made of fine tubular link chain that is slim enough to get past an average sized bead hole or a fine crimpable chain that is somehow similar in term of style to a snake chain, which can be used with crimps to fasten the beads along its entire length.

    Belcher Chain

    Belcher Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The Belcher Chain was first created in Britain during the eighteenth century. The name of the chain came from the bare-knuckle boxer Jem Belcher who was hailed as the Champion of All England from the year 1800 to 1805. 

     

    Belchers are chains which are created from uniform round or egg-shaped links created from Low dome or flat stock wir. The Belcher chain somehow shares similar features with the trace chain but instead of having the same-sized links the links of a Belcher Chain are wider than they are thicker. The finest in size is called baby belcher chain. Another name that can be used interchangeably with Belcher chain is rolo chain.

    Birdcage Chain

    Birdcage Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The birdcage chain is a complex and tightly linked serial chain design that has its ancient origins dating back to the fifth century. The chain is either made of rounded links or oval links. The links are very soft and pliable with a sophisticated drape. Birdcage chain links are normally used in pairs with a horizontal pair joined by two vertical pairs. The final pair of the sequence is bent back past the middle section. The middle section is opened downwards and upwards so it can lock the folded pair securely. Besides securing it in place, it also opens up an anchor point for the next vertical-horizontal-vertical sequence pair links. If you look at the birdcage chain you will see an intricately detailed chain that has a rope-like texture and design. The Birdcage chain comes with different styles, the rounded style, and the flat style. There’s another style that’s graduated with the width of the chain becoming bigger as it closes in on the center. An example of that would be a birdcage chain necklace. Other names for birdcage chain are king’s braid chain, idiot’s delight chain, and Byzantine chain.

    Bike Link Chain

    Bike Link Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    A bike link chain looks a lot like the links arranged in a typical bicycle chain sans the oil. The bike link chain has square links made of metal secured tightly with a bar. Owing to its straight link pin structure, the bike link chain is a jewelry that lacks flexibility yet despite this it has a very striking design.

    Bismarck Chain

    Bismarck Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The Bismarck chain looks similar to a chain link fence only that it is arranged in a tauter mesh. The design starts off as a run of 2 curb chains or cable chains with the sides deftly fused together to form parallel links.

    Book Chain

    Book Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    A lot of people love the book chain design because of its simplistic geometric pattern. The book chain is actually made of round wire that is rolled flat and then bended and molded into square-shaped links that form cubes or open boxes. The uniformed boxes give the book chain design a strong yet sophisticatedly sleek appearance. Other names for this chain design are the following: Venetian chain, box chain, briolette chain, and square link chain.

    Boston Link Chain

    Boston Link Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The Boston link chain is another unique chain design named after the famous Boston city in the US. If you look at a Boston link chain you will find that it has a fused cable chain that is mechanically processed through the use of a hammer die. The process is called swedging. Swedging lengthens each link of the Boston chain and is square off to create a classy box on all for sides of the chain. This gives it a rather elegant and smart look.

    Box Chain

    Box Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    Box chain is a popular favorite because of its simplistic pattern. The box chain is made of round wire rolled flat and then folded into square-shaped links that form cubes or open boxes. The uniformed boxes give the book chain design a strong yet sophisticatedly sleek appearance. Other names this chain design are the following: Venetian chain, book chain, Briolette chain, and square link chain.

    Brazilian Chain

    Brazilian Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    Another chain design is called the Brazilian chain. This chain jewelry consists of smooth, round metal bands or plates that have a slight curve at the center. The metal band is closely linked together to form an unbroken tube that is highly flexible. It looks similar to a snakeskin because of its zigzag effect. The chain has a closed surface making it very flexible and elegant. This chain is perfect for pendants. In contrast to omega chains, this one has no underlying mesh or wire to support the plates. Other terms used synonymously with the Brazilian chain are round maille chain; hexagon chain, snake chain and the star weave chain.

    Briolette Chain

    Briolette Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The Briolette chain is well loved because of its simplistic geometric design.

     

    The Briolette chain is made of round wire rolled flat and then folded into square-shaped links that form cubes or open boxes. The uniformed boxes give the book chain design a strong yet sophisticatedly sleek appearance. Other names this chain design are the following: Venetian chain, book chain, box chain, and square link chain.

    Byzantine Chain

    Byzantine Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The Byzantine chain is a complex and tightly linked serial chain design that has its ancient origins dating back to the fifth century. The chain is made of rounded links or oval links. The links are very soft and pliable with a sophisticated drape. Byzantine chain links are normally used in pairs with a horizontal pair joined by two vertical pairs. The final pair of the sequence is bent back past the middle section. The middle section is opened downwards and upwards so it can lock the folded pair securely. Besides securing it in place, it also opens up an anchor point for the next vertical-horizontal-vertical sequence pair links. If you look at the Byzantine chain you will see an intricately detailed chain that has a rope-like texture and design. The Byzantine chain comes with different styles, the rounded style, and the flat style. There’s another style that’s graduated with the width of the chain becoming bigger as it closes in on the center. Other names for Byzantine chain are king’s braid chain, idiot’s delight chain, and birdcage chain.

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    C Link Chain

    C Link Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The C-Link chain otherwise called the C chain is composed of compact c-shaped pieces that fit perfectly with each other in a sequential pattern. All the units lie flat and because of its distinctive design the C-Link chain is highly flexible compared to other flat chains like the herringbone chain. The C-Link chain jewelry can be improved with inclined edges and by engraving on each link like the classic vertical lines that come in a variety of thickness and depth.

    Cable Chain

    Cable Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    Out of all jewelry chain designs in the market, the cable chain is the most common of all. It looks like a miniature version of the massive chains you’ll find in board ships. The cable chain consists of the single round or oval links interconnected following the same pattern all throughout. Each link piece is lying at approximately 90 degrees to the next link. The cable chain is identical all throughout thereby giving it a simple yet sophisticated look. There are, however, different variations to its design including parallel link chain or the double link chain where the pairs of links are utilized with other designs through square links or rectangular link. Another name for cable chain links chain.

    Charm Chain

    Charm Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    As you may have guessed it, charm chains are often used to create charm bracelets. But in practice, a jeweler can use any chain he wants to make bracelets. But this chain consists of the round. Slender wire links connected with each other in a similar fashion as do anchor and cable chains. The difference is that each link encompasses 3 layers of wire fastened to the next 3 links but not to each other. This gives a place for charms to be securely attached while giving a strong structure so the charm ornaments can hang easily.

    Closed Link Chain

    Closed Link Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The closed linked chain is a chain that can take advantage of a different process that makes sure every unit has a solder applied so the links don’t open that quite easily. The process, of course, makes the chain much more expensive. This is the reason why this type of chain design is purposefully used for precious metal chains. Fine jewelry making chains are suitable for heavier ornaments such as stones, glass, and pendants.

    Cobra Chain

    Cobra Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    A cobra chain is simply a basic cable chain that has been swaged or hammered to for a chain having flat trilateral link units.

    Crimpable Chain

    Crimpable Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    There are two options for crimpable chains, there’s the fine tubular link chain that is slender enough to fit through typical bead holes and there’s the fine crimpable chain that follows the same style and pattern as that of a snake chain. This type of crimpable chain makes use of crimps to fasten the beads. This type of design is still referred to as the crimpable chain.

    Crinkle Chain

    Crinkle Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    Also know as the peanut chain, the crinkle chain is an epitome of a fancy chain that has a beautiful wave link design.

    Cuban Link Chain

    Cuban Link Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The Cuban link chain is actually a different variation of the common cable chain. It has oval links and ornamental detail that forms a winding rope-like design that is cut into each link.

    Cup Chain

    Cup Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    A cup chain comprises a sequence of metal cubes or opens topped boxes where shaped glass crystals are dropped in a repeated fashion to make each cube sparkle. The metal cubes are attached to each other through a flat bar which allows movement horizontally but not vertically. The stones can come in a plethora of colors and finishes like crystal with aurora borealis finish, solid colors, black diamond, and crystals. This type of jewelry chain is highly flexible and it can be used as a chain that stands alone or it can be worked into other designs like wire, cord, leather or fabric.

    Curb Chain

    Curb Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    Another variation of the cable chain is the curb chain. This type of chain design has the oval or round links of uniform size that are twisted and usually diamond cut so that each link lies flat on the surface. This chain design has by far the greatest variation of widths that range from millimeters to centimeters. Another name for the curb chain is the gourmet chain.

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    Dapped

    Dapped - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The term “dapping” is used to describe a cold metal process. Dapping is used to either leave a hammer strike on the surface of the links or add some curve to a chain link. The dapping process adds texture or shape to the existing design of the chain.

    Diamond Cutting

    Diamond Cutting - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    Diamond cutting is a type of production process that is applied to chains in order to improve its beauty. Diamond tipped precision cutting tools is needed in order to create patterns on each link. This is done so that every element of the chain captures the light to a greater extent compared to an ordinary flat surface. The process is called diamond milling. 

    Diamond Milling

    Diamond Milling - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    See Diamond Cutting for the explanation.

    Double Link Chain

    Double Link Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    A typical double link chain is based on a curb chain or a cable chain. The only difference is that it doesn’t follow a repeating pattern of single links but instead has a repeating patter of a paired link that lies parallel to each other. The pair of links is also directly attached to another set of links in the same fashion. A variety of the double link chain is called parallel chain.

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    Elongated Cable Chain

    Elongated Cable Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The Elongated cable chain follows the typical structure of an average cable chain but instead of using rounded links it uses stretched links. This type of chain design has a very open look that makes it attractive.

    Elongated or Drawn

    Elongated or Drawn - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    Elongating is a term used to describe a cold metal process where oval or round links are drawn or stretched to lengthen the links making it much more narrow while giving it a different style.

    Espiga Chain

    Espiga Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The Spanish term espiga chain literally translates to wheat. This complicated symmetrical chain consists of the tiny figure of 8 links that gives it a braided appearance. It is named as such because it closely resembles corn or an ear of wheat. This also explains why jewelers call it espiga. Other terms for espiga are the wheat chain or spiga chain.

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    Fancy Chain

    Fancy Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    A fancy chain is a common description for any standard chain type that has a decorative variation. Case in point, a trace chain that is created through heart shaped links would be sold and described as the fancy chain. Aside from hearts other ornamental features include dangles, decorative finishes of chain links or stars.

    Figaro Chain

    Figaro Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    A Figaro chain resembles a curb chain because it is flattened and it has twisted links, but the only difference is that its links are not uniform in shape or size. A typical Figaro chain is made up of 1 to 5 shorter links that alternate between a single slender link. The repetition creates a pattern along the length of the chain. The Figaro chain was first discovered in Italy and is named after the world-renowned Italian opera The Marriage of Figaro.

    Figarucci Chain

    Figarucci Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    This type of chain jewelry design is actually a variant of the marine chain or the anchor chain. The only significant difference with the Figarucci chain is that it has a twisted diamond cut oval links as well as a vertical bar that divides in the center of each link. Just like your typical curb chain, the Figarucci chain lies flat on the surface.

    Figure of 8 Chain

    Figure of 8 Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The figure 8 chain is typically composed of oval links that lie flat and are connected to each other with a small and twisted link that is shaped to an 8. Another used interchangeably with figure 8 chain is infinity chain.

    Filigree Chain

    Filigree Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The Filigree chain is styled similar to a curb chain or a cable chain, however, what makes it different is that it has long links that have additional decoration in a Florentine pattern thus giving the Filigree chain a lace-like finish.

    Flat Link Cable Chain

    Flat Link Cable Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The flat link cable chain has a similar style to that of the cable chain, but it has flat-sided vertical links instead of the usually rounded metal links you’ll find in a typical cable chain.

    Flattened

    Flattened - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    Another cold metal process is coined as flattening. This process is used in the jewelry industry to flatten arched surfaces of chain links. This is usually done to have a bigger reflective area in order to improve the appeal and the shine of the jewelry chain.

    Fob Chain

    Fob Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    A fob chain is actually a finished chain but is cut short in length. The fob chain was used to fasten a pocket watch to a man’s waistcoat. At the opposite end of the chain to the swivel hook and pocket watch is a decoration or an ornamental bar, which is placed through a waistcoat buttonhole to make sure that the watch is securely in place. The fob chain design is highly in demand among jewelers since they can use it for charm bracelets and necklaces.

    Foxtail Chain

    Foxtail Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The foxtail chain makes use of a loop chain link that is composed of a pair of rows made up of inclined oval links that are attached by a string of flat rings that run down the center of the chain. The links of each row face the other at forty-five degrees angle. This arranged pattern gives the foxtail chain a woven effect. It also has a directional grain as well as a fullness that gives it a foxtail look, hence its name. The foxtail chain can be swaged or hammered into a cube profile or it can also be diamond cut.

    French Rope Chain

    French Rope Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The French rope chain consists of wires that are flattened by a machine. Each wire link is braided to the next link without being soldered.

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    Gourmette Chain

    Gourmette Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The Gourmette chain is another name for curb chain. This unique chain style is a variant of the usual cable chain. It has oval or round links of the same size that are twisted and are mostly diamond cut so basically the links lie flat on the surface. This jewelry chain has the most profound variety in terms of widths extending from a couple of millimeters up to several centimeters.

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    Hammered

    Hammered - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    Hammering is the term used to describe a cold metal forging process. This is done to create texture on the surface of each link and to add surfaces that better captures light.

    Herringbone Chain

    Herringbone Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The Herringbone chain is composed of several rows of links that are v-shaped. All the links lie flat to the surface giving the Herringbone chain a smooth quality once worn. The name herringbone is derived from the direction of the links that alternate with each row giving it the appearance of a herringbone. The rows of the herringbone chain can consist of multicolored links to create a tricolor effect. IF you have a herringbone chain that is made up of slim strands you can choose to plait it or twist it together to give it more appeal.

    Hexagon Chain

    Hexagon Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The hexagon chain is composed of smooth rounded metal bands or metal plates with a delicate arch at the midpoint of each metal band or plate. The metal band is tightly connected together to create an uninterrupted bendable tube that resembles snakeskin because of its zigzag appearance. If you study the hexagon chain visually you will notice that it has a closed surface shape, it is for this reason that a hexagon chain looks very classy and sophisticated making it a suitable chain for pendants. In contrast to the omega chain, the hexagon chain does not have an underlying mesh or wire that supports the plates. Other names for hexagon chain are snake chain, star weave chain, round maille chain, and Brazilian chain.

    Hook Chain

    Hook Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The hook chain has a very basic design. If you study how a hook chain looks you will see that it has a round link with 2 folded back ends that form a hook. The hook created through the folding of the back ends connects with the next link. Hook chains come in a variety of finishes and colors. Another name for hook chains is ladder chains.

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    Idiot’s Delight Chain

    Idiot’s Delight Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The Idiot’s Delight Chain is a complex and tightly linked serial chain design that has its ancient origins dating back to the fifth century. The chain is made of rounded links or oval links. The links are very soft and pliable with a sophisticated drape. Idiot’s Delight chain links are normally used in pairs with a horizontal pair joined by two vertical pairs. The final pair of the sequence is bent back past the middle section. The middle section is opened downwards and upwards so it can lock the folded pair securely. Besides securing it in place, it also opens up an anchor point for the next vertical-horizontal-vertical sequence pair links. If you look at the Idiot’s Delight Chain you will see an intricately detailed chain that has a rope-like texture and design. The Idiot’s Delight Chain comes with different styles, the rounded style, and the flat style. There’s another style that’s graduated with the width of the chain becoming bigger as it closes in on the center. Other names for Idiot’s Delight Chain are king’s braid chain, Byzantine chain, and birdcage chain.

    Infinity Link Chain

    Infinity Link Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The infinity link chain is typically composed of oval links that lie flat and are connected to each other with a small and twisted link that is shaped to an 8. Another used interchangeably with infinity link chain is the figure of eight chains.

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    King’s Braid Chain

    King’s Braid Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The King’s Braid Chain is a complex and tightly linked serial chain design that has its ancient origins dating back to the fifth century. The chain is made of rounded links or oval links. The links are very soft and pliable with a sophisticated drape. King’s Braid Chain links are normally used in pairs with a horizontal pair joined by two vertical pairs. The final pair of the sequence is bent back past the middle section. The middle section is opened downwards and upwards so it can lock the folded pair securely. Besides securing it in place, it also opens up an anchor point for the next vertical-horizontal-vertical sequence pair links. If you look at the King’s Braid Chain you will see an intricately detailed chain that has a rope-like texture and design. The King’s Braid Chain comes with different styles, the rounded style, and the flat style. There’s another style that’s graduated with the width of the chain becoming bigger as it closes in on the center. Other names for King’s Braid Chain are birdcage chain, idiot’s delight chain, and Byzantine chain.

    Knurled

    Knurled - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    Knurling is the term used to describe a cold metal texturing process. The process results in a marking across all the links present in a chain thus lowering its overall reflectivity but adds interest and texture at the end of the process. The hatching process can come in many forms such as intricate designs, repeating lines and cross-hatching.

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    Ladder Chain

    Ladder Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The ladder has a very basic design. If you study how a ladder chain looks you will see that it has a round link with 2 folded back ends that form a hook. The hook created through the folding of the back ends connects with the next link. Ladder chains come in a variety of finishes and colors. Another name for ladder chains is hook chains.

    Link Chain

    Link Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The link chain is the most common out of all chain jewelry designs available. A typical link chain consists of the single round or oval links that are interconnected following the same pattern all throughout. Each link piece is lying at approximately 90 degrees to the next link. The link chain is identical all throughout thereby giving it a simple yet sophisticated look. Another name for link chain is cable chain.

    Link and Bar Chain

    Link and Bar Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    A link and bar chain is made of tiny links or what others would like to call jump rings that are parted by metal bar links that can be elongated, shaped, decorative, curved, hollow, solid or twisted or a combination of all of these. This jewelry chain design is also known as bar chain.

    Long and Short Chain

    Long and Short Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    Long and short chain, as the name implies, is a chain design that is made up of a single long link that is alternated with several short links. The shape of all links is consistent all throughout, but the chain can be formed square, oval, round or rectangular. This chain style falls under the same category as fancy chain and Figaro chain.

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    Marine Chain

    Marine Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The Marine chain is another jewelry chain classic. It’s a chain that people don’t have difficulty describing because of its simplistic design. The marine chain is composed of repeating oval links of the same size. The marine chain has both horizontal and vertical links patterned alternately with a vertical bar at the center of each link. Because of its very simple design it is considered as one of the strongest jewelry chains in the industry, which explains why the same design is emulated, by anchor chains in ports. The Marine chain has different variations in design including the flat anchor chain or the figarucci chain wherein the outermost surface of each link is flattened by diamond cutting; the round anchor chain wherein the outermost layer are faintly rounded and the maritime chain where every other link is designed as an anchor link.

    Marquis Chain

    Marquis Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    Marquis chain got its name from a fancy cut of a gemstone usually a diamond shaped into a stretched oval shape that has pointed ends. This chain design is named after the mistress of Louis XIV named Marquis de Pompadour. The pattern and design of the Marquis chain follow the same stretched oval shape as with the gemstone cut with a short join between each link to maintain the clean lines of the chain.

    Mesh Chain

    Mesh Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    A mesh chain is distinct in its style because of its fabric-like quality. It consists of the very fine wire that weaved together to make the chain. There are different production methods used to create a mesh chain such as stocking mesh chain and Milanese mesh chain. Braiding the wire into either flat profiles or tubular profiles create the Milanese mesh chain. Using a special kind of knitting process, on the other hand, produces the stocking mesh. The needles produce a continuous tube of mesh chain the same way as the stockings are made. Mesh chain is basically wider than the average chain designs around for to five or even more links wide.

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    Nugget Chain

    Nugget Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    A nugget chain starts off as a typical serpentine chain and then after that it gets soldered and then hammered into an interlinking S design before it gets twisted to produce a nugget. Other names for the nugget chain are twisted serpentine chain and tinsel chain.

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    Omega Chain

    Omega Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The Omega chain is a distinctively wide chain. What sets it apart from all other chain designs is its plates or links. Single small metal links are aligned next to each other and are crimped to a mesh substructure underneath it. Omega chains are highly popular because of reflective qualities and strength. The texture of the chains also makes it very shiny. The omega chains are normally flat, but there are variations to it and some people prefer to have it rounded. The nice thing about omega chain is that it is reversible.

    Open Link Chain

    Open Link Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    Open link chains are the kind of chains that cannot benefit from a solder to the link joint. The links of open link chains can be easily opened just like that of a jump ring. When you have unsoldered chains you have to make sure that the chain you choose is strong enough to cope with everyday wear as well as the weight of your chain jewelry’s design without breaking or stretching it.

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    Panther Chain

    Panther Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The Panther chain is a type of flat chain that has a unique design on its surface. More or less it closely resembles 3 rectangular shaped paving bricks that lie atop each other with the center brick counterbalances one-half of each brick to the side. The brick that counterbalances is connected to the space that is left by the counterbalancing brick on the succeeding link in the chain by use of a pin.

    Parallel Chain

    Parallel Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    A parallel chain is based on a curb chain or a cable chain. The only difference is that it doesn’t follow a repeating pattern of single links but instead has a repeating patter of a paired link that lies parallel to each other. The pair of links is also directly attached to another set of links in the same fashion. Another chain variation for the parallel chain is called a double link chain.

    Peanut Chain

    Peanut Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    Also know as the crinkle chain, the peanut chain is an epitome of a fancy chain that has a beautiful wave link design.

    Pelline Chain

    Pelline Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    Compared to another jewelry chain that is made of up links the pelline chain is made entirely of metal spheres. These metal balls can either be hollow or solid to minimize weight. Just like ball chains, the metal spheres can be placed at regular intervals along the length of the entire chain affixed with connector bars or the metal spheres can be placed directly adjoined to each other. This type of chain jewelry has its own snap clasp. The larger version of this steel chain is commonly used to hold Identification Cards rather than for ornamental jewelry. This unique style of jewelry making is better known as bead chain or ball chain.

    Popcorn Chain

    Popcorn Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The popcorn chain may have a funny name, but its name describes how the chain looks visually. The popcorn chain consists of machine stamped segment of flat metal that all look the same. It looks similar to a snake chain. The metal segments of a popcorn chain can be concave, flat, rounded or hollow.

    Prince of Wales Chain

    Prince of Wales Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The Prince of Wales chain is a chain design that consists of small rounded links wherein each of its link has no less than 4 other links attached to it forming a somewhat twisted metal chain. The result of this patterned orientation makes the Prince of Wales Chain look like a rope that is very strong owing to its connectivity between the links.

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    Ring and Connector Chain

    Ring and Connector Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    A ring and connector chain is a variant of the cable chain. This type of chain consists of stretched slender links that are connected by jump rings or rounded links.

    Rolo Chain

    Rolo Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    A rolo chain consists of alternating round or oval links. The links are shorter in length but are thicker in terms of girth compared to the typical cable chain links. The rolo chain is flat on the inside thus giving the rolo chain a heavy and robust appearance. The rolo chain is popularly used as charm bracelets. Other names for the rolo chain are baby belcher chain and belcher chain.

     

    Can't always keep your wedding ring on? The rolo chain is a great string to loop your wedding band on, during a golf session, while you are working out at the gymnasium or when baking.

    Rope Chain

    Rope Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    A rope chain is made of two or more strings of chain that are twisted and swirled together. A rope chain is created by lacing rows of metal links together to make it look like a dense rope. The disadvantage to this type of design is that because each link is not completely joined together if one link weakens and falls off you can expect a domino effect. There are several rope chains that blend two different types of colors or metals.

     

    Rope chains are chains where little links are controlled to prevent calling attention for their appearance; instead, they've been linked in a design that is twisted to resemble a string that is genuine. Rope chains come in heavier versions where the chain itself is the main attraction, and both delicate variants where they've been a popular selection for ring necklaces.

    Round Link Chain

    Round Link Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The round link chain is very simple since it combines either closed soldered links or round open links that are set at ninety degrees to each other.

    Round Maille Chain

    Round Maille Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The round maille chain is composed of smooth rounded metal bands or metal plates with a delicate arch at the midpoint of each metal band or plate. The metal bands are tightly connected together to create an uninterrupted bendable tube that resembles snakeskin because of its zigzag appearance. If you study the round maille chain visually you will notice that it has a closed surface shape, it is for this reason that a hexagon chain looks very classy and sophisticated making it a suitable chain for pendants. In contrast to the omega chain, the round maille chain does not have an underlying mesh or wire that supports the plates. Other names for round maille chain are snake chain, star weave chain, hexagon and Brazilian chain.

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    San Marco Chain

    San Marco Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    A San Marco Chain link is composed of rounded and slender links that look a lot like a puffed grain of rice that has a flat bottom. Each link is arranged and joined next to each other at a 45-degree angle and is connected to each other at the bottom by tough flat pins that are set at an opposite angle.

    Saturn Chain

    Saturn Chain - Jewelry Chain Glosssary

    Saturn chains are made up of small rounded links interspersed with filled beads that resemble orbiting planets. The pattern of this chain design gives it appeal, texture, and interest.

    Scroll Chain

    Scroll Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    A scroll chain is manufactured by using a machine that utilizes two different wire lengths.  The wires are fed from opposite ends to make the first scroll.  The first scroll is then soldered. The chain can either be diamond cut to give it effect or it can be hammered.

    Serpentine Chain

    Serpentine Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The Serpentine chain consists of hammered links that are S-shaped. Each link is arranged next to each other with an identical length of links arranged in parallel right below the first one and are connected with each other.

    Singapore Chain

    Singapore Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    A Singapore chain is created by using a sequence of flat diamond cut chain links. Some of the links are interweaved to create a diamond shape. These links are then twisted and flattened to make a chain. The outcome is a chain link that reflects light from various angles. This gives the chain a shimmering appearance besides its attractive curve.

    Snake Chain

    Snake Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The snake chain is composed of smooth rounded metal bands or metal plates with a delicate arch at the midpoint of each metal band or plate. The metal band is tightly connected together to create an uninterrupted bendable tube that resembles snakeskin because of its zigzag appearance. If you study the snake chain visually you will notice that it has a closed surface shape, it is for this reason that a hexagon chain looks very classy and sophisticated making it a suitable chain for pendants. In contrast to the omega chain, the snake chain does not have an underlying mesh or wire that supports the plates. Other names for snake chain are hexagon chain, star weave chain, round maille chain, and Brazilian chain.

     

    The snake chain is not made up of traditional links. It has round wavy smooth metal plate looking links that are joined together forming a flexible chain. It resembles a smooth snakeskin, hence it's named.

    Spiga Chain

    Spiga Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The Spiga chain consists of tiny figure 8 links when the links come together it gives the chain a square profile. The Spiga chain is an intricate and strong chain; these are the qualities of a chain that makes it expensive.  This jewelry chain design also comes in the names of wheat chain and espiga chain. The tern espiga is a Spanish word that means wheat.

    Square Link Chain

    Square Link Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    A lot of people love the square link chain design because of its simplistic geometric pattern. The square link chain is actually made of round wire that is rolled flat and then bended and molded into square-shaped links that form cubes or open boxes. The uniformed boxes give the square link chain design a strong yet sophisticatedly sleek appearance. Other names for this chain design are the following: Venetian chain, box chain, briolette chain, and book chain.

    Star Weave Chain

    Star Weave Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The star weave chain is composed of smooth rounded metal bands or metal plates with a delicate arch at the midpoint of each metal band or plate. The metal bands are tightly connected together to create an uninterrupted bendable tube that resembles snakeskin because of its zigzag appearance. If you study the star weave chain visually you will notice that it has a closed surface shape, it is for this reason that a hexagon chain looks very classy and sophisticated making it a suitable chain for pendants. In contrast to the omega chain, the star weave chain does not have an underlying mesh or wire that supports the plates. Other names for star weave chain are hexagon chain, snake chain, round maille chain, and Brazilian chain.

    Swaged or Swedged

    Swaged or Swedged - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    Swaging or swedging is a kind of forging process that is applied to alter the cross section or the shape of each link of a chain through the use of a die or tool. This process is utilized in order to modify, flatten or condense the whole appearance of cold metal chain. This is usually done to produce different variations of the more common chain designs. The outcome can be substantial like the curb chain or the cable chain can become a serpentine chain or a herringbone chain.

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    Tinsel Chain

    Tinsel Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    A tinsel chain starts off as a typical serpentine chain and then after that it gets soldered and then hammered into an interlinking S design before it gets twisted to produce a chain that loos similar to a nugget. Other names for the tinsel chain are twisted serpentine chain and nugget chain.

    Trace Chain

    Trace Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    A typical trace chain is a delicate and fine chain that has uniform thickness and breadth. The chain is formed from wire with oval links. Any jewelry design that has links, not more than 2.55mm are considered trace chain.

    Twisted Curb Chain

    Twisted Curb Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The twisted curb chain is created through the use of flat curb chain links arranged sequentially. The links are twisted to give it a unique appeal. The result of this design is a beautiful sparkling chain with links that reflect light from various angles. The design gives the twister curb chain more texture.

    Twisted Helix Chain

    Twisted Helix Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The twisted helix chain is considered as one of the most basic chains in terms of appearance because of its uniform links and its simplistic pattern. The twisted helix chain can be created through the use of very fine widths and the resulting chain becomes a trace chain.

    Twisted Rope Chain

    Twisted Rope Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    The twisted rope chain is produced from strands of rope chain that are twisted together to create a single chain, a chain that shimmers from all angles.

    Twisted Serpentine Chain

    Twisted Serpentine Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    A twisted serpentine chain starts off as a typical serpentine chain and then after that it gets soldered and then hammered into an interlinking S design before it gets twisted to produce a chain that loos similar to a nugget. Other names for the twisted serpentine chain are tinsel chain and nugget chain.

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    Venetian Link Chain

    Venetian Link Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    A lot of people love the Venetian link chain design because of its simplistic geometric pattern. The Venetian link chain is actually made of round wire that is rolled flat and then bended and molded into square-shaped links that form cubes or open boxes. The uniformed boxes give the Venetian link chain design a strong yet sophisticatedly sleek appearance. Other names for this chain design are the following: square link chain, box chain, briolette chain, and book chain.

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    Wheat Chain

    Wheat Chain - Jewelry Chain Glossary

    Do not confuse wheat chain with barleycorn chain because these two are not the same. A typical wheat chain has a complex symmetrical form of rope chain that is made of figure-8 links. The links and its orientation give the chain a square profile. A wheat chain is mainly made of four strands of oval as well as twisted oval links. Other terms used interchangeably with wheat chain are spiga chain or espiga chain. The Spanish word espiga means wheat.