Types of Chains

If you are planning on purchasing a necklace, you will discover that there is a huge selection of chains to choose from.  Here is a guide that shows different styles of chains that should help you find just the right one for you. It makes a difference in choosing the right style of chain, depending whether or not you have a pendant hanging from it, or you want to just wear the chain by itself. Some chains are bold and can be worn as a statement by themselves, and some are more delicate and would look lovely paired with a pendant dangling from it. Listed below are just a few of the chain styles there is to choose from. This should give you an idea of the most popular chains available, as well as a little bit of information about them.

Anchor Chain – This chain originates from the chain used to attach an anchor to a boat.  This is a popular chain and the flat anchor chain style is a sleek variation of this chain.

Bead or Ball Chain – This chain has round beads fixed along the chain, with some distance between each bead or the beads could be strung next to each other, with a tiny space linked in-between.

Box Chain – A box chain is made up of square links square, resembling a box, which are connected. It is a sturdy chain and would look great with a charm or pendant hanging from it.

Byzantine Chain – The Byzantine chain is a intricate group of links intermingling with each other. It is made up of round and oval shaped links, and looks lovely worn by itself, because of it’s detail.

Cable Chain – A cable chain, also known as link chain, is made up of round or oval links of the same size. It is a very popular and is the style that most people pick for a simple necklace with a pendant, or a charm.

Figaro Chain – The Figaro chain, has flattened links and does not have one uniform size links. It usually has 2 or 3 shorter links alternating with a longer link.

Panther Chain - A chain which is flat and has domed alternating links gradually spaced apart.

Popcorn Chain – This chain is rounded and a variation of the Panther Chain. This chain drapes on the neck, quite lovely.. and it’s silky smooth and lightweight too, which makes it a casual everyday wear choice.

Rolo Chain – No, it’s not named after Rolo chocolate candy… but this chain has round links which are connected together that are durable and come in different sizes, as well as designs.

Rope Chain - A rope chain consists of oval links that are linked so that they produce a woven rope like look, in a spiral effect. This chain is one of the most versatile and loved of all the many types of jewelry chains. It is sturdy and has an interwoven look.  This chain is a popular choice for men, because of it’s strength, making it a perfect choice for everyday wear.


Snake Chain – Another name for this chain is the 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 looks like a smooth snake skin, hence it’s name.

Venetian Link Chain – This chain is much like the box chain, which is also made up of square links flattened together.

Wheat Chain – Wheat Chains are normally created with four stands of oval and twisted oval links. The links are braided and woven together to make a lovely looking chain that is quite eye-catching!


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