Jewelry Chain Styles


Untangle any confusion over chains. We show you 34 styles of chain, how each looks, a description and alternate name for the chain.

Style Looks Like What It Is Also Called
Anchor Anchor Chain Thick oval links that are bisected. Each directly connected to the next. Gucci, Marine, Mariner Shop Anchor Chain
Ball Ball Chain Balls, usually hollow, that are connected with small bars. Pelline, Bead Shop Ball Chain
Bar and Link Bar and Link Chain Small oval or round links connecting bar links. The bar links may be solid or hollow. Tube Shop Bar and Link Chain
Beaded Beaded Chain Beads on links created with wire are connected directly, or with small rings. Shop Beaded Chain
Beading Beading Chain An extremely thin chain specifically designed for stringing beads. Generally found in a cable or snake chain style. Add-a-Bead Shop Beading Chain
Boston Link Boston Link Square wire is used to create the rectangular links that are tightly fitted together in a fashion similar to cable chain. Shop Boston Link Chain
Box Box Chain Cube-like links linked directly together. Book, Square Link Shop Box Chain
Byzantine Byzantine Chain Links made of interlocked jumprings. This type of chain is most often associated with chainmaille jewelry-making techniques. Birdcage, King’s Braid, Idiot's Delight Shop Byzantine Chain
Cable Cable Chain Uniform links connected end to end perpendicularly. The links of cable chain can be almost any shape, but the most common are oval and round. Link Shop Cable Chain
Crinkle Crinkle Chain Cable chain that has had links crimped to create angles. Krinkle, Peanut Shop Crinkle Chain
Crisscross Crisscross Chain Flat rectangular links joined at the center, widthwise. The chain is very reflective due to the ever-changing link profile. Margherita Shop Crisscross Chain
Cup Cup Chain Individual stone settings connected by a bar. Cupchain, Rhinestone Shop Cup Chain
Curb Curb Chain A cable chain that has been twisted until the links lay flat and have a more interlocked appearance. Gourmette Shop Curb Chain
Double Curb Double Curb Chain Curb chain with double links. Charm, Charm Bracelet, Parallel Chain Shop Double Curb Chain
Fancy Link Fancy Link Chain Specially shaped links connected by smaller jumprings. Some possible shapes include flowers, animals, stars and more. Shop Fancy Link Chain
Figaro Figaro Chain A cable or curb chain with longer links connected by three to five shorter links. Shop Figaro Chain
Figure Eight Figure Eight Chain Round or oval links connected by an infinity-shaped link. Infinity Shop Figure Eight Chain
Foxtail Foxtail Chain Two rows of oval links at a 45-degree angle and connected by small flat rings at the center. Shop Foxtail Chain
French Rope French Rope Chain Two rows of interconnected twisted links. The links are connected so intricately that no solder is needed to maintain the weave or the spiral. Shop French Rope Chain
Herringbone Herringbone Chain Rows of V-shaped links that lay flat. Each new row is placed in the opposite direction of the previous, creating the herringbone pattern. Shop Herringbone Chain
Lantern Lantern Chain Each link is made of a flat piece with eight prongs. The prongs of each link are hooked into the flat bottom of the next link. Shop Lantern Chain
Long and Short Long and Short Chain Cable or curb chain that has long, usually oval, links connected by a smaller round link. Oval/Round Shop Long and Short Chain
Marquise Marquise Chain Marquis shaped links that interlock at 90-degree angles. Shop Marquise Chain
Mesh Mesh Chain Wire woven, or knitted, to the desired length. Knitted, Viking Knit Shop Mesh Chain
Omega Omega Chain Wide plates crimped onto an underlying mesh or plates. Usually wide and flat with low flexibility. Shop Omega Chain
Ponytail Ponytail Chain Links are created in such a way that you have space to add embellishments and the smooth flow of snake chain all at once. Shop Ponytail Chain
Popcorn Popcorn Chain Hollow links, created by stamping, that are fitted together to create a large amount of texture. Bombata, Textured Snake Shop Popcorn Chain
Ring and Connector Ring and Connector Sturdy rings connected by bands of flat wire in a shape similar to a staple. Shop Ring and Connector Chain
Rolo Rolo Chain Uniform links made from flat or half-round wire. Each link is directly connected to the next at a perpendicular angle. The ratio of the wire width and the link diameter gives a more sturdy appearance than cable chains. Belcher Shop Rolo Chain
Round Link Round Link Chain Large links connected perpendicularly with smaller links. This term applies to those styles with round links, but can be changed to square link, diamond link, etc. Big and Small Shop Round Link Chain
Rope Rope Chain Twisted links connected to two other links in a row. Shop Rope Chain
Serpentine Serpentine Chain S-shaped links joined end to end. Shop Serpentine Chain
Singapore Singapore Chain Jumprings are connected to create larger diamond-shaped sections. Each section is twisted and flattened then connected to the previous section. Shop Singapore Chain
Snake Snake Chain Round and curved bands are tightly joined together. Brazillian Shop Snake Chain
Wheat Wheat Chain Infinity-shaped links interconnected into a braided look. Espiga, Spiga

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