Want to buy a necklace? If so, there are a lot of things you have to consider. One of them is the type of chain you want. Read on to find out the most popular types of necklace chains.
The necklace chain is one of the key fashion accessories you need in your wardrobe. There are several types of necklace chains that you can buy. However, not all of them will match your personality or the look you want to go for.
In this guide, you’ll learn about:
Gold chain styles
The strongest type of chain for necklaces
The name of a flat chain necklace
Materials used to make chains for necklaces
Common Gold Chain Styles
The most common gold chain styles on the market are Figaro, Mariner, and Cuban. Apart from these gold chains, there are many others that you can buy too. We need to look at these styles too to appreciate how brilliant and complex gold chains are.
Below is an overview of the most popular gold chain styles:
1. Cuban Link Chain
Also known as Curb chain, the Cuban Link Chain is a hot cake in the jewelry industry. This popular necklace chain sells more than any other.
The chain features an interlocking pattern that makes it and the entire necklace last long.
Cuban link chains are attractive are versatile.
Here is a video showing how Cuban link chains are made:
2. Rope Chain
This is a classic chain that is popular among Hip Hop lovers. The chain links are joined together to form a pattern that looks similar to a rope. Popular Rap music groups have done a good job of making these chains resurface by showing them off in public appearances and their music videos.
Check the video below comparing a 7mm Cuban Link with a 7mm Rope chain.
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3. Figaro Chain
This is a unique chain that attracts the eye from a distance. The chain’s pattern features two or three round links that are joined by an oval link end to end. This chain style was initially designed to be unisex. However, men seem to have taken ownership of the chain.
The most popular pendants paired with Figaro chains are medallions and crosses.
Check the video below to see Figaro gold chains.
4. Mariner Chain
This chain looks almost like the Cuban chain in terms of pattern and shape. The chain links shape is identical to a ship’s anchor.
This chain comes in two designs; the flat link edge and the rounded edge.
See the video below for a review of this type of necklace chain:
5. Snake Chain
This chain has round or square cross-links that are tightly joined together in a diagonal format to create a zigzag pattern. The links are tightly interconnected such that the chains look like snake skin.
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See the video below to learn more about snake chains:
6. Box Chain
This chain design features connected square links. Unlike other chain designs, the box chain is very thick and bulky.
Watch the video below for an in-depth review of the box chain.
7. Byzantine Chain
Of all the chain designs on this list, the Byzantine chain has the most obscure design. The chain links are interconnected in a complex design that gives the chain a texture similar to the rope chain.
Because the links intermingle, this chain is expandable and hangs well around your collarbone.
Below is a video overview of the chain:
8. Belcher Chain
This chain can also be called the Rolo chain. The popular chain is made of wide D-shaped links of different metal mixtures and sizes.
Check the video below of a 9-karat belcher gold chain:
9. Wheat Chain
This chain features a complex design of four tear-shaped strand links that are intertwined such that they all face the same direction. The Wheat chain is a durable necklace accessory, regardless of its length and thickness. However, this chain is not expandable.
Here is a video review of the wheat chain:
10. Diamond Cut Chain
The term Diamond in this type of chain should not confuse you; this chain does not have a diamond pendant. This chain sells at a fairly high price because of its sharp edges that make it shine a lot.
A diamond Cut chain can be compared to the Rope chain design.
See the video below comparing plain and diamond cut chains.
11. Herringbone Chain
Heringbone chain style is one of those chains that can only be worn as it is made. You cannot adorn it with a pendant of any design, size, or shape. This is because the chain is made of slim flat links that are intertwined. The links are bent at the center to portray a herringbone appearance.
This chain kinks easily and is one of the most delicate types of chains.
Check the video below about the herringbone chain:
Strongest Necklace Chain
There are two important factors that determine how strong and stable a necklace chain can be. These are chain link sizes and interlocking patterns and shape.
A close look at all the types of chains above shows that the Wheat chain style is the strongest. The chain is strong because it is made of four strands intertwined in oval chain links. The links are then interlocked and twisted in the same direction.
The wheat chain can be worn independently or matched with a pendant. The chain is closely related to the rope chain and features a smooth texture. Although it is light, it does not kink easily.
Other strong chains include Byzantine, Cuban link, and Rope.
There are also other factors that determine how strong a necklace chain is. One of those factors is the kind of material used to make the chain. The most durable material is platinum. However, it is not easily found. You cannot compare platinum’s strength to a material that is less expensive and lighter too.
We shall look at this later on.
What is the Name of a Flat Chain Necklace?
A flat chain necklace is a term used to refer to a Herringbone chain. As already mentioned, the Herringbone chain is made of thin flat metal chain links that are tightly connected.
A flat chain can easily kink up. Therefore, it is not durable.
If you do not like the Herringbone chain, try out the Mariner chain as it’s also a flat style chain.
What Materials Are Used To Make Necklace Chains?
When shopping for jewelry, one of the most important things to consider is the material used to make the jewelry. The material determines things such as durability, appearance, flexibility, and feel.
Manufacturers use a wide range of materials to make necklace chains.
Most necklace chains are made using sterling silver that has a small percentage of copper in it. This silver and copper combination results in a durable chain. On the downside, the chain tarnishes easily.
See the video below to learn how a solid silver curb chain is made.
Another good but expensive material use to make necklace chains is gold.
Karat is the measure used to indicate how pure a gold necklace chain is. The purest gold chain is 24 karat while an 18 karat chain has 75% pure gold. As the number of karats reduces, so does the gold purity.
However, a neck chain made of 100% gold would not be best since the material is highly malleable.
Jewelry manufacturers mix gold and other metals to determine the color and strength of the necklace. An alloy is what results from mixing pure gold and other metals. The commonest metals mixed with gold are nickel, silver, copper, palladium, and zinc>.
A white gold necklace chain refers to a chain that is made of a mixture of gold and materials like nickel, silver, and palladium.
On the other hand, rose gold is an alloy of gold and a lot of copper.
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Platinum is another material used to make chains. However, it is a difficult metal to find and thus, the chains made from it are the most expensive. Platinum is also the heaviest of all metals. Away from talking about price and rarity, platinum is extremely durable and does not scratch.
Platinum is durable, but not as much as titanium. Titanium is stronger than platinum but costs less. Titanium is also a light metal, is hypoallergenic, and scratch-resistant.