Chain Jewelry Types – Gold Chains Choose Your Style
A Gold chain is a strand of interlocking links, rings, discs, or beads; usually composed of metal. During their early times, chains were likely seen as a life-changing new technology; used as strong and practical alternatives to the rope. Smaller chains were used for simple tasks, like pulling a bucket of water up from a well; were larger ones used to cast anchors.
It wasn’t long before chains found their way into jewelry. Chain links made by hand, but most modern designs manufactured by machinery. The chain necklaces are the most popular. But you can find chain used in bracelets and earrings as well. Over time, people have created all different link styles and combinations to fashion different looks. Here are the most well-known chain jewelry styles:
Chain Jewelry Types
The “Cable” is an Old Norman French word stemming from the Latin words capitulum (lasso, rope) and Capere (to take). One of the most popular and classic of chain styles; cables created from interlocking oval links unvarying in size. They are fairly easy to make and work splendidly with delicate pendants.
The word “curb” comes from Middle English; originally meaning “a curved piece of wood.” Curb chains comprised of special curved links which interlock even while laid flat. The links can all be the same size or be graduated towards the center. Chunky curb chains used to make trendy urban designs.
A rolo chain comprised of interlocking circle-links. This style of chain is similar to the cable chain. But slightly more complex as the links can alternate in size.
A Figaro chain is a modified version of the curb chain; where the interlocking flat links vary in size. It usually forms a pattern with trios of smaller links alternating with a longer link. The name “Figaro” comes from its Italian origin. Italian chain makers inspired by famous operas and plays; which featured a barber named Figaro as the main character.
Named because of its likeness to nautical chains; a marine chain comprised of oval links, each with a horizontal bar across the center. Marine links can interlock, like cable chains, or rest flat, like curb links.
Textural Gold Chains
A popcorn style is a lightweight, tubular chain with a beaded texture created by convex links. These chains have a puffed look to them which resembles a garland of popcorn.
A rope chain’s links twisted or looped together in a pattern; that creates a look similar to that of a rope. This is likely the most popular textural chain style.
Sometimes called “birdcage” or “Etruscan,” the Byzantine style is an obvious nod to the ancient Byzantine Empire. This chain is a decorative design which creates a woven texture. The pattern used is intricate and complex, arranging round links from different angles.
A wheat chain formed by oval and twisted oval links woven together in the same direction. The result, textural look with a semi-rigid structure. As the name suggests, the appearance of this chain is similar to tips of wheat stalks.
A bead chain made from ball-shaped links connected with small breaks in between. This creates the look of a very thin beaded necklace. Used in ornamental jewelry, and for dog tags and key chains.
A crisscross chain comprised of metal panels; each crossing over the next, forming a twisted look. The results are both textural and glittery.
Sleek Gold Chains
An “Omega,” from the Greek meaning “great”; a notably shiny chain formed by flat plates crimped together over a mesh interior. The semi-rigid structure gives it a unique look; perfect to wear as is or pair with a slide pendant.
A box chain comprised of square links arranged to create a smooth, four-sided shape.
A chain comprised of tightly linked wavy plates; resulting in a smooth, round look with a subtle zigzag pattern.
Herringbone is a flat and fluid chain created from pressed v-shaped links arranged in alternating directions. The “herringbone” pattern popular in textiles and home decor; named after the unique skeletal structure of a herring fish.
a twisted chain linking pattern; that blends the look of a curb chain with that of a rope chain. The flat and curvaceous links of a Singapore described as having the look and feel of liquid; even when unraveled.
Where To Buy Jewelry Collection
Ross-Simons have an extensive collection of chain necklaces in various styles and sizes. They can be worn individually, layered together, or paired with a pendant or two. Gold chains for men and women provide a luxurious touch with classic style and longevity. But for those on a budget, they also carry vermeil and sterling silver chains. The versatile adjustable slider chains are a unique part of the collection; providing you with all kinds of length options.
A wide variety of link jewelry is also available in classic silhouettes and trendy styles. A piece of chain jewelry classified as “link” when the individual links are a substantial part of the design.