Chains are the foundation, the backbone, to all your chain necklaces and chain bracelets. Whether we're talking about necklaces or bracelets, it's important to know all about chains so you can select the perfect chain that's right for you. Chain necklaces and chain bracelets are popular on their own or decorated with gorgeous pendants, charms, diamonds and more. Browse through our chain information below on four main categories: necklace chain types, necklace clasp types, necklace chain lengths and chain bracelets.
A box chain has square links rather than round links, creating a more boxy appearance. A thinner box chain is a popular choice for women's jewelry, and a thicker box chain is an ideal choice for men's chains and statement necklaces.
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A figaro chain consists of flattened links that can vary in size. Usually there are 2 or 3 shorter links that alternate with a larger link. Originating in Italy, the figaro chain is popular with men and women alike.
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A rope chain, as its name suggests, is linked in a twisted pattern to resemble a rope. Delicate versions of a rope chain are a beautiful choice for gorgeous pendants. Heavier versions of a rope chain are often worn as fashionable statement pieces.
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A cable chain, also known as a link chain, is one of the most common necklace chain types. This strong and durable chain consists of individual oval or round links that are interlocked in an identical pattern throughout, with each link lying at 90 degrees to the next.
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A rolo chain, also known as a belcher chain, has oval interlocking links with alternate links turned at one hundred and eighty degrees. The rolo chain comes in a variety of widths and sizes, the small links being more popular with women and the larger links being more popular with men.
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A Singapore chain is made of twisted and braided fibers. This chain is not only strong and simple, it is also a classic and timeless choice.
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A snake chain is noticeably different than most of the other chain types. A snake chain is made up of rings that fit closely together. Because of this, the chain has a similar appearance to a flexible tube and the texture of snakeskin, creating a narrow, delicate and fashionable chain.
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The curb link is a simple and classic chain design with flat, interlocking and uniform links. It used to be very popular with men because the curb link chain had heavy, larger links. Now, there are smaller more feminine curb links available.
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A wheat chain, also called a spiga chain, is created with four strands of twisted oval links. The links in a wheat chain are woven together, creating a gorgeous and eye-catching chain.
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In the jewelry world, there are a variety of necklace chain lengths for both women and men. To figure out the right necklace length for you and your style, let's take a look at the most popular necklace chain lengths and what they are best with. For women, there are six main necklace chain lengths, keeping in mind that a chain can be customized to any desired length. The shortest necklace length for women is 14 inches, called a collar, and fits tightly around the neck. The collar length works best with open-neck clothing such as V-necks and off-the-shoulder tops. The next is 16 inches, called a choker, and fits tightly against the base of the throat. A choker works well with almost any outfit or look. 18 inches, called a princess, fits right on the collarbone and also works well with almost everything. A matinee necklace, 20 to 24 inches in length, is worn between the collarbone and is a great length for both business and casual wear. An opera necklace, 28 to 36 inches in length, fits on the bust or an inch or two below, and looks stunning on high necklines and for evening wear. Flowing at 36 to 42 inches is a rope necklace which is made to sit on or just below the center of the bust. A rope necklace is a gorgeous addition to elegant business looks and evening wear. Men don't have as many necklace chain length options as women, although again, a necklace can be customized to any desired length. There are four main lengths for men: 18 inches, 20 inches, 22 inches and 24 inches. The most common length for men is 20 inches, fitting right at the collarbone.
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