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. We want you to have all the information you need to master your creativity!
Ball chain is composed of tiny spheres rather than open links.
A box chain is made up of links that are wide and square (like a box) that are connected to create a smooth chain.
Twisted helix chain is made up of chain links interlocking so they form a twisted pattern.
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.
Rope chain is made of twisted wire links that resemble rope.
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.
Ladder chain has round or oval links where the ends of the link fold over each end of the next link.
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.
Double cable chain has two links running parallel that are formed using round wire in round-shaped or oval-shaped links.
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.
Woven wire chain is made up of wire woven together to form a long continuous chain.
Round link chain is made of round links connecting to one another.
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.
Oval chain is made up of oval-shaped links.
Long and short chain is made of a distinctive pattern of one long link alternating with a series of three shorter links.
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.
Figaro chain links lay flat and are usually made of patterns of three small links separated by a larger link.
Fancy chains include special features such as unusual links, dangles, and shapes like hearts and stars.
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.
Curb chain has links that interlock with each other when laid flat. Curb chain links have a twisted interwoven look.