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A necklace is an article of jewellery which is worn around the neck. Necklaces are frequently formed from a metal jewellery chain. Others are woven or manufactured from cloth using string or twine. Common features of necklaces include colorful stones (particularly gemstones or jewels), wood (usually carved or polished), art glass, feathers, shells, beads or corals - a hugely wide variety of other adornments have also been used. If a necklace includes a primary hanging feature, it is called a pendant; if the pendant is itself a small container, it is called a locket.

Necklaces are worn by both men and women in cultures around the world for purposes of adornment and social status. However, in Western society, the word necklace in English often carries a female connotation.[citation needed] Men in Western countries often call their neck jewelry chains instead.

Contents

    1 History of necklaces
    2 Types of necklaces
        2.1 By length
        2.2 By adornment type
    3 See also
    4 References
    5 External links

History of necklaces
Amarna necklace. Faience, 8 rows of beads. The 11th turquoise bead on the right bears the cartouche of Akhenaten. From Amarna, Egypt. 18th Dynasty. The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, London

Necklaces have been an integral part of jewelry since the time of ancient civilizations and pre-date the invention of writing.

Necklaces are believed to be as old as 40,000 years, during the Stone Age. The oldest necklaces were made of purely natural materials - before weaving and the invention of string, durable vines or pieces of animal sinew left over from hunts were tied together and adorned with shells, bones or teeth or colourful skins of human prey animals, bird feathers, corals, carved pieces of wood, colorful seeds or stones or naturally occurring gems, or other beautiful or artful natural elements found nearby.

During the neolithic period shell necklaces were made with the shells of 3 genera Spondylus, Glycymeris and Charonia.[1]

Cloth working and metalworking greatly expanded the range of jewelry available to humans. Twine and string enabled the development of smaller, more durable, more intricate necklaces. After the Bronze Age began and humans discovered how to melt metal and cast it into shapes, bronze, copper, silver, gold, electrum, platinum and a variety of other metals were used to make eye-catching necklaces for both men and women, and metal chains became possible. Gemcutting and glassblowing allowed faceted and highly polished gemstones and/or beautiful art glass to be added to pieces.

In the modern era, a variety of new metals are available for necklaces that earlier generations could not properly melt until high-temperature crucibles and blowtorches were developed, such as stainless steel and titanium; electroplating has enabled mass ownership of gold (or at least gold-veneer) jewelry. Miniaturisation and laser etching enable the crafting of finely detailed artwork, or insignias or other calligraphy, within individual necklace elements.
Types of necklaces
Girl wearing a necklace. This type of metal fashion necklace is common in Europe and the Americas.
Necklace with pearls
By length

Women's necklaces are often classified by length.
Chain Length Reference Diagram

Choker
    35 centimetres (14 in) to 41 centimetres (16 in) long and sits high on the neck.
Princess necklace
    A princess necklace is 45 centimetres (18 in) to 50 centimetres (20 in) long, longer than a choker, but shorter than a matinee.
Matinee necklace
    A matinee length necklace is 56 centimetres (22 in) to 58 centimetres (23 in) long — typically a single strand that rests at the top of the cleavage.
Opera necklace
    An opera necklace is 75 centimetres (30 in) to 90 centimetres (35 in) long and sits at the breastbone.
Rope necklace
    A rope necklace is any necklace longer than opera length.
Lariat necklace
    A lariat is a very, very long variation on the rope, without a clasp, often worn draped multiple times around the neck; the ends can be crossed over, looped, or knotted in various ways. This type of necklace sometimes incorporates a loop at one or both ends to allow it to be worn in the style of a lasso, or it may be worn doubled over with the ends passed through the loop formed in the middle.

By adornment type
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Cross necklace
    A necklace featuring a Christian cross.
Diamond necklace
    A diamond necklace is a necklace that incorporates diamonds — they are often given as gifts in Western countries as signs of love and fealty between wealthy lovers or families. There are a variety of diamond necklaces available to the average consumer including the diamond eternity necklace, the diamond 'V' necklace, the diamond 'Y' necklace and the diamonds by the yard necklace.
Pearl necklace
    Pearl necklaces are popular among women. There are two specific named kinds of pearl necklaces — a uniform pearl necklace consists of pearls that appear to be all the same size, although normally there is a slight difference towards the ends so they appear to be in proportion. A bib necklace is made of multiple strands of stepped pearls. Many other variations also exist.
Tooth pendant necklace
    Some men's necklaces (and a few women's) attach an animal tooth as the pendant portion. A particularly popular variant is a leather string necklace with a shark tooth attached.[citation needed]
Prayer bead necklace

A long, beaded necklace typically in the form of a wide lasso, usually with a religious symbol (the cross for Christian prayer beads) at the end of the lasso. The beads can be made of simple wood, metal, gems or even plastic, with each bead representing a prayer for the wearer to recite. The different sizes and/or colours of the beads typically represent which prayer is to be recited when that bead is reached.

Rivière Necklace
    A rivière necklace is a style of necklace featuring a single strand of gemstones of the same general size and cut.

See also

    iconGemology and Jewelry portal

    Wikimedia Commons has media related to Necklaces.

    Affair of the Diamond Necklace
    Belly chain
    Bling-bling
    Bracelet
    Choker
    Collar
    Figaro chain
    Jewellery chain
    Livery collar
    Love beads
    Necklace splitting problem
    Omega chain
    Torc
    Usekh collar

Fine metal chains are used in jewellery to encircle parts of the body, namely the neck, wrists and ankles, and they also serve as points to hang decorative charms and pendants. Unlike industrial or chains for other purposes, jewellery chains or body chains are designed for aesthetic purposes.
Material

Jewellery chains are typically made from precious metals, mainly gold and silver. Platinum, palladium and steel may also be used. These metals are used because they are not very reactive, keep both their intricate shape and their strength, and require only minimal maintenance to keep their shine. Small lever mechanisms called findings serve as fastenings to enable the chain to be undone and redone.
Gold chain from sixteenth century, Sweden.
Styles

    Trace: Often the simplest style of chain. The links in a trace chain are typically uniform in breadth and thickness, and can be very delicate, especially in finer widths.

    Rolo: The links of a rolo chain are usually identical and often round. These links joined in a simple alternating sequence, making this type of chain look pleasantly simple (as opposed to more-complex chains such as the rope chain which may sometimes appear overly complex).

    Singapore: This may also be called twisted curb, but the links are joined in such a way that, even when the chain is untwisted, there is always a natural curve to it. Usually this chain is sold very fine and has a liquid-like look to it.

    Rope: Rope chain creates the effect of two twisting strands spiraled together, created by many small links which are not completely joined. One disadvantage of this otherwise strong chain is that, when one link does break, the rest of the chain might follow in succession.

    Figaro: Figaro is not really a style but a very popular variation. A number of standard links (usually three) precede an elongated link all the way through. This variation can be replicated by many of the styles mentioned.

    Wheat: Wheat chain is formed of very long, thin teardrop-shape links that all point in the same direction. The join of each link is like a tiny hinge, meaning this style is not as flexible or liquid-like as some others

    Byzantine: An intricate chain that can be made by the hobbyist from jump rings.

    Twisted link chain

    Foxtail chain

    Belcher: This is similar to the trace, a belcher chain link is wider than its thickness. Generally the links are round, but the shape of the link can vary.
    Curb: A curb chain is when the links interlock with each other when laid flat. Some more open-link curb chains can only be distinguished from a trace by this method. This style of chain has the greatest variety of widths available, from a few millimetres to over four centimetres.
    Prince Of Wales: This chain consists of a twisting chain made of small circular links, where each single link has no less than four others joining into it.
    Spiga: Spiga is formed of small figure-eight links which form a 3D chain that feels almost square, and looks as though the wire has been plaited.
    Anchor: The anchor chain copies the style of the chain that holds large anchors on ships, an oval link with a dividing bar through the middle. The interlinking sections may be of a curb or trace style. Also a version called Maritime where only every other link is an anchor link.
    Snake: Snake chain is a very tight-linked chain that has a round or square cross-section and has links that create a slight zigzag look.
    Herringbone: This chain that has the greatest liquid effect, formed from v-shaped links to lie entirely flat. One side can be engraved for greater aesthetics, and thin strands of herringbone can be twisted or even plaited together.
    Briolette: Also known as Box, briolette is similar to a belcher chain except the links are tighter together and are square in shape, hence the name.
    Bead: Bead chain is formed of small balls of metal joined by small lengths of wire, not longer than each bead in between. Also has its own 'snap over the first link' fastening. Larger steel versions are more often used to hold ID cards than in jewellery, but finer ones may be found for the purpose.
    Fancy: A "fancy" chain can be anything; any form of fine metal that can be replicated and joined onto each other to make a chain. Many fancy chains are variations of the standard styles, for example a trace chain formed of heart-shaped links or a curb chain with every other link set with a gemstone.
Anchor chain is a classic jewellery chain design and the chain most people can describe with ease. It is characterised by uniformly sized repeating oval links which are arranged alternatively in a horizontal and then vertical orientation, traditionally with a vertical bar in the middle of each link. Because of the simplicity of its links it is one of the strongest types of jewellery chain and it is no surprise that it has the same design as the chains used to anchor large ships in port. This chain is also known as marine chain. Variations of this jewellery chain design include figarucci chain or flat anchor chain where the outer surfaces of the individual links are flattened off by diamond cutting, round anchor chain where the outer surfaces are slightly rounded and maritime chain where only every other link is an anchor link.
Ball Chain is composed of spheres of metal rather than open links. These spheres or balls can be solid or hollow to reduce weight. They can be fixed at regular intervals along the length of the chain with connector bars, or placed immediately adjacent to each other. This jewellery chain typically has it own snap fastening, with the larger steel versions of this chain more often used to hold ID cards than for jewellery. This type of jewellery making chain is also known as bead chain and pelline chain. Buy Ball Chain.
Bar chain is composed of small links or jump rings separated by metal bar links which can be curved, decorative, elongated, hollow, shaped, solid, twisted or a combination of these. This varied style of jewellery chain is also know as link and bar chain. Buy Bar Chain.
BARLEYCORN CHAIN Bead chain is composed of spheres of metal rather than open links. These spheres or balls can be solid or hollow to reduce weight. They can be fixed at regular intervals along the length of the chain with connector bars, or placed immediately adjacent to each other. This jewellery chain typically has it own snap fastening, with the larger steel versions of this chain more often used to hold ID cards than for jewellery. This type of jewellery making chain is also known as ball chain and pelline chain. Buy Bead Chain
BEADED CHAIN Beaded chain is composed of beads either strung onto and secured along the length of a standard chain, or individually joined together using wire loops which pass through the bead and connect to the next wire looped bead along until they create a length of chain. Buy Beaded Chain.
Beading chain can either be a fine tubular link chain which is thin enough to fit through standard bead holes or a fine crimpable chain similar in style to snake chain which can be used with crimps to secure the beads along its length. This second type of chain is also known as crimpable chain. Buy Crimpable Chain.
Beading Chain A picture showing a length of Beading Chain or Crimpable Chain.
BELCHER CHAIN BIRDCAGE CHAIN BIKE LINK CHAIN
Bike link chain closely resembles the link arrangement in a bicycle chain (minus the oil) with square shaped metal links secured together with a bar. Because of its linear link pin construction it is not a very flexible jewellery chain but it is very striking in its design.
Book chain is much loved for its geometric simplicity. It is made from round wire which is rolled flat and then folded into square links that form open boxes or cubes. This provides a sturdy, yet classically smooth, sleek and uniform appearance. This jewellery making chain is also known as box chain, briolette chain, square link chain and Venetian chain.
Boston link chain is named after the American city. It is a soldered cable chain that has then been mechanically processed using a hammer die, a process also known as swedging. This elongates each link and squares them off creating an elegant box like profile on all four sides of the chain. Buy Boston Link Chain.
Box chain is much loved for its geometric simplicity. It is made from round wire which is rolled flat and then folded into square links that form open boxes or cubes. This provides a sturdy, yet classically smooth, sleek and uniform appearance. This jewellery making chain is also known as book chain, briolette chain, square link chain and Venetian chain.
Brazilian chain is made up of smooth round metal plates or bands with a slight curve at their mid point. They are tightly joined together to form a continuous flexible tube reminiscent of a snake skin due to a slight zigzag effect. It has a virtually closed surface profile which makes for a very elegant and flexible jewellery chain perfect for displaying a pendant from. Unlike omega chain there is no underlying wire or mesh to support these plates. This jewellery making chain is also known as hexagon chain, round maille chain, star weave chain but most commonly snake chain. Buy Brazilian Chain.
Briolette chain is much loved for its geometric simplicity. It is made from round wire which is rolled flat and then folded into square links that form open boxes or cubes. This provides a sturdy, yet classically smooth, sleek and uniform appearance. This jewellery making chain is also known as book chain, box chain, square link chain and Venetian chain.
Byzantine chain is an intricate, closely linked sequential chain design which has ancient origins dating back to the 5th Century. Made of either oval or round links the resulting chain is very soft and flexible with an elegant drape. The links are used in pairs, with a vertical pair joined by a horizontal pair to a vertical pair. The final pair in this sequence is then folded back past the middle section, with the middle section then opened upwards and downwards to both lock the folded back pair in place, as well as opening up an anchor point for the next sequence of three paired links. The result is a jewellery making chain with a very detailed rope like appearance and texture. It is available in both flat and round styles, as well as a graduated form with the chain width becoming larger toward the centre of a necklace for example. Because of it’s early origins it is know by many other names including birdcage chain, idiot’s delight chain and king’s braid chain.
C link chain, also know as C chain is made up of solid ‘c’ shaped sections that fit into one another in a repeating pattern. It is designed to lie flat and is noted for its flexibility when compared against other flat profile chains such as herringbone chain. This jewellery chain can be further enhanced with bevelled edges as well as engraving on the individual links, including classical vertical lines of varying depths and thicknesses. Buy C Link Chain.
CABLE CHAIN This is the most common type of jewellery chain and is a much reduced version of the large chains used on board ships. It is formed of individual oval or round links interlocked in a uniform pattern, with each link lying at ninety degrees to the next. Each section of a cable chain is identical throughout, giving it a simple but classic look. Variations on this design include double link chain or parallel link chain where pairs of links are used, with other variants using rectangular links, square links and links that alternate in size. This chain is also known as link chain. Buy Cable Chain.
Not too surprisingly charm chain is used to make charm bracelets. In practice any chain can be used for this purpose. However, this chain makes use of round, thin wire links joined together in the same way that cable and anchor chains are. But in this case each link is made of three layers of wire, joined to the next three links but not to each other. This provides lots of anchor points for charms to be attached to whilst having a strong but open structure to allow these decorative objects to hang freely. Buy Charm Chain.
Closed link chains are chains which benefit from an additional production process which ensures every individual join has solder applied to ensure the link cannot open easily. This process adds to the cost of the chain, and for this reason it is often reserved for precious metal chains, but it does mean a chain length is less likely to break or stretch over time. It also means finer jewellery making chains can be used with heavier embellishments such as glass, pendants and stones. Buy Closed Link Chain.
COBRA CHAIN Is a basic cable chain that has been hammered or swaged into a chain with flat triangular links.
Crimpable chain can either be a fine tubular link chain which is thin enough to fit through standard bead holes, or a fine crimpable chain similar in style to snake chain, which can be used with crimps to secure the beads along its length. This second type of chain is also known as crimpable chain. Buy Crimpable Chain.
Crinkle chain or peanut chain is an example of a fancy chain with an attractive wavy link design.
Cuban link chain is a variation of cable chain with oval shaped links and added decorative detail in the form of a twisting rope like pattern cut into each link.
Cup chain consists of a series of metal open topped boxes or cubes into which are dropped shaped glass crystals providing a repeating pattern of sparkle. The boxes are typically linked with a flat bar which allows the chain to articulate horizontally, with a little movement vertically. The stones come in a wealth of colours and finishes including crystal, crystal with aurora borealis finish, black diamond, as well as solid colours. This jewellery chain is very versatile and can be used as a standalone chain or worked into jewellery designs using cord, fabric, leather or wire. Buy Cup Chain.
Curb chain Is a variation on cable chain with uniformly sized round or oval links that have been twisted and often diamond cut so that they lie flat along a surface. This form of chain has the greatest variety of widths, ranging from a few millimetres up to several centimetres. This jewellery making chain is sometimes referred to as gourmette chain. Buy Curb Chain.
DAPPED Dapping is a cold metal process used to either add additional curve to a chain link or by leaving a single hammer strike on the links surface, thereby adding shape or texture to a chain design.
Diamond cutting is a production process applied to lengths of chain to enhance their appeal. Diamond tipped precision cutting tools are used to create a pattern of fine sharp flat cuts across each chain link so that each element of the chain catches the light to a far greater extent than a standard flat surface. This process is also known as diamond milling. Buy Diamond Cut Chain.
DIAMOND MILLING Double link chain is based on a cable chain or a curb chain but instead of a repeating pattern of single links it consists of a repeating pattern with two links lying parallel to each other linking directly to a second set of links lying in parallel. A variation of this chain style is known as parallel chain. Buy Double Link Chain.
Elongated cable chain has the same basic structure as a standard cable chain but uses stretched links rather than round links. It makes for a very attractive light jewellery chain with an open appearance. Buy Elongated Cable Chain.
ELONGATED or DRAWN Elongating is a cold metal process whereby round or oval chain links can be stretched or drawn to elongate the individual links, thereby making the chain narrower whilst adding interest through new link styles.
Espiga chain translates from Spanish the word espiga meaning wheat. This intricate symmetrical chain is made from small figure of eight links which give it a plaited appearance, closely resembling an ear of wheat or corn. This jewellery chain is also known as spiga chain or wheat chain.
Fancy chain is a catch all description for any decorative variation of a standard chain type. By way of an example, a trace chain formed of heart shaped links would be described and sold as fancy chain. Other decorative features might include unusual link designs such as hearts or stars, decorative finishes to the chain links, or the additional of dangles. Buy Fancy Chain.
Figaro chain is similar to curb chain, in that it has flattened twisted links but it does not have one uniform link size or shape. Typically it will have between one and five shorter links alternating between a longer link, creating an attractive repeating pattern for the length of the chain. This type of jewellery chain originated in Italy and is named after the popular Italian opera The Marriage of Figaro. Buy Figaro Chain.
Figarucci chain is a variation of anchor chain or marine chain but with twisted diamond cut oval links and a dividing bar in the middle of each link. Like curb chain it will lie flat on a surface.
FIGURE OF 8 CHAIN Figure of eight chain is made up of flat lying oval links that are connected by a smaller, twisted link shaped like an ‘8’. This fancy chain is also known as infinity chain.
Filigree chain is typically styled like a cable chain or curb chain but with long links that have added decoration in the form of a Florentine pattern giving this jewellery chain a lace like or filigree finish.
Flat link cable chain is a style of cable chain that has flat sided vertical links rather then rounded metal links. Buy Flat Link Cable Chain
fLATTENED Flattening is a cold metal process used to flatten the curved surfaces of chain links to add interest and to create a larger reflective area to enhance a chains shine and appeal.
A fob chain is a short length of finished chain which was traditionally used to secure a pocket watch to a gentleman’s waistcoat. At the other end of the chain to the swivel hook and pocket watch was a bar or decorative ornament which would be placed through a waistcoat button hole to secure the watch in place. These are now much sought after by jewellery designers for use as necklaces and charm bracelets.
Foxtail chain uses a loop chain link made up of two rows of slanted oval links connected by a series of flat rings running down the chain’s centre. Each row of links faces the other at a 45 degree angle. This creates a braided or woven effect with a directional grain and a fullness which gives the appearance of the hairs on a fox’s tail. This jewellery making chain can be hammered or swaged into a square profile or alternatively it can be diamond cut.
French rope chain is made from machine flattened wire with each wire link woven into the next link without the benefit of solder. Buy Rope Chain.
Gourmette chain is an alternative name for curb chain. This chain style is a variation on cable chain with uniformly sized round or oval links that have been twisted and often diamond cut so that they lie flat along a surface. This form of jewellery making chain has the greatest variety of widths, ranging from a few millimetres up to several centimetres. Buy Gourmette Chain.
HAMMERED Hammering in relation to chain is a cold metal forging process used to create texture on the surface of individual links to add texture and additional light catching surfaces.
Herringbone chain is made up multiple rows of ‘v’ shaped links that lie entirely flat giving it a fluid quality when worn. The direction of these links alternates with each new row creating the herringbone pattern. The rows themselves can also be laid out in different coloured links, for example to create a tricolour effect. Thin strands of herringbone chain can even be twisted or plaited together to provide an even greater visual effect.
Hexagon chain is made up of smooth round metal plates or bands with a slight curve at their mid point. They are tightly joined together to form a continuous flexible tube reminiscent of a snake skin due to a slight zigzag effect. It has a virtually closed surface profile which makes for a very elegant and flexible chain perfect for displaying a pendant from. Unlike omega chain there is no underlying wire or mesh to support these plates. This jewellery making chain is also known as Brazilian chain, round maille chain, star weave chain and most commonly snake chain. Buy Hexagon Chain.
In Britain this chain may put you in mind of a Victorian style toilet with a high wall mounted cistern with a long brass chain with ceramic pull handle! This hook chain is very simple in design having a round link with two folded back ends forming the hook that links into the next link. It is available in a variety of finishes as well as colours. This jewellery chain is also know as ladder chain.
Idiot’s delight chain is an intricate, closely linked sequential chain design which has ancient origins dating back to the 5th Century. Made of either oval or round links the resulting chain is very soft and flexible with an elegant drape. The links are used in pairs, with a vertical pair joined by a horizontal pair to a vertical pair. The final pair in this sequence is then folded back past the middle section, with the middle section then opened upwards and downwards to both lock the folded back pair in place, as well as opening up an anchor point for the next sequence of three paired links. The result is a chain with a very detailed rope like appearance and texture. It is available in both flat and round styles, as well as a graduated form with the chain width becoming larger toward the centre of a necklace for example. Because of it’s early origins it is know by many other names including birdcage chain, Byzantine chain and king’s braid chain.
Infinity link chain is made up of flat lying oval links that are connected by a smaller, twisted link shaped like an ‘8’. This chain is also known as figure of eight chain.
King’s braid chain is an intricate, closely linked sequential chain design which has ancient origins dating back to the 5th Century. Made of either oval or round links the resulting chain is very soft and flexible with an elegant drape. The links are used in pairs, with a vertical pair joined by a horizontal pair to a vertical pair. The final pair in this sequence is then folded back past the middle section, with the middle section then opened upwards and downwards to both lock the folded back pair in place, as well as opening up an anchor point for the next sequence of three paired links. The result is a jewellery chain with a very detailed rope like appearance and texture. It is available in both flat and round styles, as well as a graduated form with the chain width becoming larger toward the centre of a necklace for example. Because of it’s early origins it is know by many other names including birdcage chain, Byzantine chain, and idiot’s delight chain.
Knurling is a cold metal texturing process which results in hatching across the links of a chain reducing the overall reflectivity of the chain but adding texture and interest. The hatching can be in the form of cross hatching, repeating lines, or more complicated designs.
LADDER CHAIN In Britain this chain may put you in mind of a Victorian style toilet with a high wall mounted cistern with a long brass chain with ceramic pull handle! This ladder chain is very simple in design having a round link with two folded back ends forming the hook that links into the next link. It is available in a variety of finishes as well as colours. This chain is also know as hook chain.
Link chain is the most common type of jewellery chain. It is formed of individual oval or round links interlocked in a uniform pattern, with each link lying at ninety degrees to the next. Each section of chain is exactly the same shape and size throughout giving it a simple but classic look. This chain is also known as cable chain. Buy Link Chain
Link and bar chain is composed of small links or jump rings separated by metal bar links which can be curved, decorative, elongated, shaped, twisted, hollow, solid or a combination of these. This type of jewellery chain is also know as bar chain. Buy Link and Bar Chain
Long and short chain is made up of one long link alternating with a series of shorter links. The shape of the links is consistent throughout the chain but the chain itself can formed from round, oval, square, rectangular or other shaped links. This style of chain also falls within the realms of figaro chain as well as fancy chain. Buy Long and Short Chain.
Marine chain is a classic jewellery chain design and the chain most people can describe with ease. It is characterised by uniformly sized repeating oval links which are arranged alternatively in a horizontal and then vertical orientation, traditionally with a vertical bar in the middle of each link. Because of the simplicity of its links it is one of the strongest types of jewellery chain and it is no surprise that it has the same design as the chains used to anchor large ships in port. This chain is also known as anchor chain. Variations of this chain design include figarucci chain or flat anchor chain where the outer surfaces of the individual links are flattened off by diamond cutting, round anchor chain where the outer surfaces are slightly rounded and maritime chain where only every other link is an anchor link.
Marquis chain derives its name from a fancy cut of gemstone, typically a diamond fashioned into an elongated oval shape with pointed ends. This design is believed to have been named after the Marquise de Pompadour who was the mistress of Louis XIV. The chain design follows the same elongated oval shape as the gemstone cut, with a simple join between links to maintain this chains clean lines.
Mesh chain has a fabric like quality with very fine wire used to weave the chain. There are a number of production methods including Milanese mesh chain and stocking mesh chain. The first is produced by weaving wire into tubular or flat profiles whilst the second is produced using a knitting process with needles generating a continuous and seamless tube of mesh chain in the same way stockings used to be made. These chains tend to be wider than normal jewellery chains, often being four or more links wide. Buy Mesh Chain.
Nugget chain starts life as a standard serpentine chain which is then soldered and hammered into an interlocking ‘s’ design, before being twisted to create the appearance of a nugget. This chain is also known as tinsel chain and twisted serpentine chain.
Omega chain is a wide chain distinguished from other chains by the structure of its links or plates. Small individual metal plates are aligned next to one another and crimped to an underlying mesh substructure. This type of chain is popular for its overall strength and its reflective qualities as the chains texture makes it extremely shiny. This chain design is traditionally flat in profile although rounded variations of the chain can be found. They can also be reversible.
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Panther chain is a flat chain with a surface design that resembles three rectangular paving bricks lying above each other with the centre brick offset one half brick to the side. The offset brick is then connected to the space left by the offset brick on the next link in the chain using a pin. These bricks can also be rhombus shaped like the diamond in a deck of playing cards.
Parallel chain is based on a cable chain or a curb chain but instead of a repeating pattern of single links it consists of a repeating pattern with two links lying parallel to each other linking directly to a second set of links lying in parallel. A variation of this chain style is known as double link chain. Buy Parallel Chain.
Peanut chain is a good example of a fancy chain with an attractive wavy link design. This particular design of chain is also known as crinkle chain.
Pelline Chain is composed of spheres of metal rather than open links. These spheres or balls can be solid or hollow to reduce weight. They can be fixed at regular intervals along the length of the chain with connector bars, or placed immediately adjacent to each other. This chain typically has it own snap fastening, with the larger steel versions of this chain more often used to hold ID cards than for jewellery. This type of jewellery making chain is also known as ball chain and bead chain. Buy Pelline Chain.
Popcorn chain is made of identical machine stamped segments of flat metal in much the same manner as snake chain. The metal segments are hollow and can be flat, rounded or concave.
Prince of Wales chain is made of small circular links, where each link has no less than four other links connected to it, forming a twisted metal chain. The resulting chain resembles a rope and is extremely strong due to the additional connectivity between chain links.
Ring and connector chain is a variation on cable chain made up of elongated links connected by round links or jump rings. Buy Ring And Connector Chain.
Rolo chain is made up of alternating oval or round links. These links are typically smaller in length and thicker in girth than cable chain links, and are flat on the inside, giving the chain a heavy, sturdy appearance. This type of chain is popular for use as charm bracelets. This jewellery chain is also known as belcher chain and in its finest form baby belcher chain. Buy Rolo Chain.
Rope chain has the appearance of two, or more, twisted strands of chain spiralled together. It is created by weaving rows of metal links to resemble a thick two stranded rope. A downside of this chain is that because the individual links are not fully joined together if one link fails there can be a domino effect! Some rope chains combine two different types and colours of metal. Buy Rope Chain.
Round link chain is a simple uniform chain combining round open links or closed soldered links set at right angles to each other.
Round maille chain is made up of smooth round metal plates or bands with a slight curve at their mid point. They are tightly joined together to form a continuous flexible tube reminiscent of a snake skin due to a slight zigzag effect. It has a virtually closed surface profile which makes for a very elegant and flexible chain perfect for displaying a pendant from. Unlike omega chain there is no underlying wire or mesh to support these plates. This jewellery making chain is also known as Brazilian chain, hexagon chain, star weave chain but most commonly snake chain. Buy Round Maille Chain.
San Marco chain is made up of long and rounded links which somewhat resemble a puffed grain of rice with a flat bottom. These individual links are arranged next to each other at a forty five degree angle and attached to each other at the bottom by sturdy flat pins set at an opposing angle.
Saturn chain is composed of small round link chain punctuated with filled beads that look like orbiting planets or moons, adding both interest and texture to the overall chain design.
Scroll chain is produced by a dedicated machine which uses two separate lengths of wire fed from opposite directions to create the initial scroll which is then soldered. The chain can then be hammered or diamond cut for added effect. Buy Scroll Chain.
Serpentine chain is composed of hammered ‘s’ shaped links that are laid next to each other with another identical set of links laid in parallel below the first and connected together. Buy Serpentine Chain.
Singapore chain is constructed using a series of flat diamond cut chain links. Several of these links are interwoven to form a diamond shape, and then in turn these diamond shaped links are twisted and flattened to form a chain. This process results in a chain with links that reflect light from different angles, giving the chain a sparkling appearance as well as a pleasing natural
Snake chain is made up of smooth round metal plates or bands with a slight curve at their mid point. They are tightly joined together to form a continuous flexible tube reminiscent of a snake skin due to a slight zigzag effect. It has a virtually closed surface profile which makes for a very elegant and flexible chain perfect for displaying a pendant from. Unlike omega chain there is no underlying wire or mesh to support these plates. This jewellery making chain is also known as Brazilian chain, hexagon chain, round maille chain, and star weave chain. Buy Snake Chain.
Spiga chain is made from small figure of eight links which give it an almost square, plaited profile. It is a strong, complex chain which are both qualities that are usually reflected in its price. This jewellery making chain is also known as espiga chain and wheat chain. The name derives from the Spanish word espiga meaning wheat.
Square link chain is much loved for its geometric simplicity. It is made from round wire which is rolled flat and then folded into square links that form open boxes or cubes. This provides a sturdy, yet classically smooth, sleek and uniform appearance. This jewellery making chain is also known as book chain, box chain, briolette chain and Venetian chain.
Star weave chain is made up of smooth round metal plates or bands with a slight curve at their mid point. They are tightly joined together to form a continuous flexible tube reminiscent of a snake skin due to a slight zigzag effect. It has a virtually closed surface profile which makes for a very elegant and flexible chain perfect for displaying a pendant from. Unlike omega chain there is no underlying wire or mesh to support these plates. This jewellery making chain is also known as Brazilian chain, hexagon chain, round maille chain, and most commonly snake chain. Buy Snake Chain.
Swaging or swedging in relation to chain is a forging process used to change the shape or cross section of the individual links using a shaped tool or die. This shaping process is used to condense, flatten or generally modify the overall appearance of cold metal chain usually to create variations of more common chain styles. The change achieved can be signiifcant, for example herringbone chain and serpentine chain both start out as cable chain or curb chain.
Tinsel chain starts life as a standard serpentine chain which is then soldered and hammered into an interlocking ‘s’ design, before being twisted to create the appearance of a nugget. This chain is also known as nugget chain and twisted serpentine chain.
Trace chain is generally a fine and delicate chain which usually has a uniform breadth and thickness. It is typically formed from wire with slightly oval links. For the purposes of our bead shop any style of jewellery chain with links smaller than 2.5mm is described as trace chain. Buy Trace Chain.
Twisted curb chain is constructed using a series of flat curb chain links which have been twisted to add extra interest. This design results in a chain with links that reflect light from different angles, giving the chain a sparkling appearance and a more textural appeal.
twisted helix chain is one of the simplest chains in appearance with uniform links and a pleasing repeating pattern. This chain can be produced in very fine widths creating a very delicate trace chain. Buy Twisted Helix Chain
Twisted rope chain is created from lengths of rope chain which are twisted together to form a single chain length which gleams from every angle. Buy Rope Chain.
twisted serpentine chain starts life as a standard serpentine chain which is then soldered and hammered into an interlocking ‘s’ design, before being twisted to create the appearance of a nugget. This chain is also known as nugget chain and tinsel chain.
VENETIAN LINK CHAIN is much loved for its geometric simplicity. It is made from round wire rolled flat before being formed into square links that form open boxes or cubes, giving it a sturdy yet classically smooth, sleek and uniform appearance. This jewellery making chain is also known as book chain, box chain, briolette chain and square link chain.
Venetian Link Chain  Wheat chain, not to be confused with barleycorn chain, is an intricate symmetrical form of rope chain made from small figure of eight links which give it an almost square, plaited profile which puts you in mind of Harvest Festivals! It is typically made from four strands of oval and twisted oval links. This jewellery making chain is also known as espiga chain and spiga chain. The name derives from the Spanish word espiga meaning wheat.
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