Types of Chains
Link chain is the most common type of jewellery chain. It is formed of individual oval or round links interlocked in a uniform pattern, with each link lying at ninety degrees to the next. Each section of chain is exactly the same shape and size throughout - giving it a simple but classic look. This chain is also known as a cable chain.
Rope chains are chains where small links are manipulated to avoid calling attention to their appearance; instead, they are linked in a twisted pattern to resemble a genuine rope. Rope chains come in both delicate versions where they are a popular choice for pendant necklaces, and heavier versions where the chain itself is the main attraction.
Two different colored metals may be used to have a more interesting look.
Box chains have square links rather than round links, giving the chain a ‘boxy’ appearance. Thinner versions of box chains are popular for women’s jewellery and often paired up with pendants. Thicker chains look great work by men or by women as statement pieces. It is an exceptionally strong chain due to the fact that each square link is sturdy.
Small box chains exude a smooth and sleek appearance while big box chains give a more rough and chunky look. Also known as square link chain, briolette or Venetian chain.
Singapore chain is constructed using a series of flat diamond cut chain links. Several of these links are interwoven to form a diamond shape, and then in turn these diamond shaped links are twisted and flattened to form a chain. This process results in a chain with links that reflect light from different angles, giving the chain a sparkling appearance as well as a pleasing natural curve.
Rolo chain is made up of alternating oval or round links. These links are typically smaller in length and thicker in girth than cable chain links, and are flat on the inside, giving the chain a heavy, sturdy appearance. This type of chain is popular for use as charm bracelets. This jewellery chain is also known as belcher chain and in its finest form baby belcher chain.