Jewellery chain designs
Fine metal chains are used in jewellery to encircle parts of the body, namely the neck, wrists and ankles, and are suitable for hanging decorative charms and pendants. Jewellery chains are typically made of precious metals, mainly gold and silver, although platinum, palladium and steel may also be used. These metals are used because they are not very reactive, they keep their intricate shape and 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.
Chains come in different weights and lengths to suit one’s budget and taste. To assist you with choosing the most appropriate design, we have listed a few chain designs below giving a brief description of each:
A very popular choice is the curb chain. It has a simple and classic design of flat, interlocking identical oval or round links. Ideal for hanging pendants from.
The Belcher chain generally has round links, but the shape can vary. The links on this chain are wider in than its thickness. This chain is also known as the rolo chain.
Incorporating a pattern of two or three circular links with one elongated oval link is the Figaro chain. It is usually worn by men and is often adorned with pendants, such as medallions and crosses.
The sturdy shape of the Franco chain is perfect for pendants. It is a thicker type chain with v-shaped links and was created by an Italian designer named Franco.
The Spiga chain is also known as the wheat chain. It is formed of small figure – eight links which form a 3D chain that feels almost square and looks as though it’s been plaited.
Rope chain creates the effect of two twisting strands spiralled together, created by small links which are not completely joined. It’s a strong chain, but when one link breaks the rest of the chain may follow in succession.
The simplest style of chain with links typically uniform in breadth and thickness is the trace. Finer widths can be very delicate and can, therefore, be susceptible to breaking if pulled upon.
The box chain is also known as Venetian chain is geometric simplicity. It is made from round wire which is rolled flat and then folded into square links. It is sturdy, classically smooth, sleek and uniform in appearance.
Made of identical machine stamped segments of flat metal, in the same manner as the snake chain, is the popcorn chain. Its metal segments are hollow and can be flat, rounded or concave.
The snake chain is formed of small round metal plates or bands with a slight curve at their midpoint. It is tightly joined together to form a continuous flexible tube and its zigzag effect is similar to snake skin. Be aware that this chain can snag on the hair.