Our chain glossary is a goldmine of information on all styles of jewelry making chain, from ball chain to flat cable chain to twisted helix chain.
Ball chain is composed of tiny spheres rather than open links.
Bar chain is composed of small links separated by solid, elongated or curved bar links.
Beading chain is a fine, tubular link chain small enough to fit through most bead holes.
A box chain is made up of links that are wide and square (like a box) that are connected to create a smooth chain.
Cable chain is formed using round wire in round-shaped or oval-shaped links.
Curb chain has links that interlock with each other when laid flat. Curb chain links have a twisted interwoven look.
Diamond Cut Chain
Diamond cut chain consists of a method using cutting tools to make fine, sharp edges on the chain so that the links flash & catch the light like diamonds.
Double Cable Chain
Double cable chain has two links running parallel that are formed using round wire in round-shaped or oval-shaped links.
Double Curb Chain
Double curb chain has two links running parallel to each other and interlocking with each other when laid flat. Curb chain links have a twisted interwoven look.
Fancy chains include special features such as unusual links, dangles, and shapes like hearts and stars.
Figaro chain links lay flat and are usually made of patterns of three small links separated by a larger link.
Figure 8 Chain
Figure 8 chain links lay flat and are made of oval links connected by a smaller, twisted link shaped like an 8. This chain is also known as Infinity chain.
Flat Cable Chain
Flat cable chain has flattened metal wire links rather than rounded wire links.
Ladder chain has round or oval links where the ends of the link fold over each end of the next link.
Long and Short Chain
Long and short chain is made of a distinctive pattern of one long link alternating with a series of three shorter links.
Omega chain is made up of metal links assembled on a wire or woven mesh that form a tube. The embedded wire is what provides the strength. The Omega chain is somewhat flexible, but it is still sufficiently rigid that it retains its ring shape when worn.
Oval chain is made up of oval-shaped links.
Parallel chain lays like single curb chain but consists of two links side by side (parallel to each other) linking directly to the next set of parallel links.
Rollo chain links are wider than their thickness. It has uniform, round, domed shape wire links that are flat on the inside. Rollo chain is also known as a Belcher chain.
Rope chain is made of twisted wire links that resemble rope.
Round Link Chain
Round link chain is made of round links connecting to one another.
Snake chain which has a smooth, elegant texture, is a very tight-linked chain that has a round or square cross-section and has links that create a slight zigzag look.
Square cable chain is composed of square or rectangular-shaped links.
Twisted Helix Chain
Twisted helix chain is made up of chain links interlocking so they form a twisted pattern.
Woven Wire Chain
Woven wire chain is made up of wire woven together to form a long continuous chain.
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