WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CHAINS?
When it comes to making a fashion statement, chains are an essential accessory. Whether you want something simple and elegant or something bold and eye-catching, there are plenty of different types of chains to choose from! Here we’ll take a look at the different styles available, so you can find one that suits your style.
WHAT IS A CABLE CHAIN?
ARE CABLE CHAINS STRONG?
WHAT IS A CURB CHAIN?
ARE CURB CHAINS STRONG?
Curb chains are indeed quite durable. The strength varies depending on the type of chain material used. For example, a 14K gold curb chain will last longer than an 18K gold curb chain. The alloying metals employed in karat combinations determine the metal's hardness; all other things being equal, the higher the karat, the softer the metal and the more prone it is to scratches.
WHAT IS A FIGARO CHAIN?
Figaro chains are very similar to curb or cable chains. They're built the same way, with an elongated link inserted in the pattern every 2-4 regular links. The only difference is that a Figaro chain has alternating link sizes that create a pattern. A popular design is 3 short round links, 1 long. Most Figaro chains are curb chains (meaning each link lies flat), but some are curb (simple circles).
ARE FIGARO CHAINS STRONG?
Figaro chains have the same level of durability as other types of curb chains. But if the chain snags on something, the long link in the pattern can make it more likely to break.
WHAT IS A BALL CHAIN?
ARE BALL CHAINS STRONG?
Thanks to its linking structure, a ball chain necklace can freely swivel on itself without kinking. On the other hand, this exquisite chain has the drawback of being weaker than some of the other chain styles and can break very easily.
WHAT IS A TRACE CHAIN?
The trace chain, also known as an anchor or cable chain, is a fine and delicate chain style formed from a thin wire fashioned into uniform oval or round links. Trace chains typically have a width of 2mm or less and are lightweight, though they can have different wire thicknesses.
WHAT IS A BELCHER CHAIN?
Belcher or rolo chains are a popular cable chain variation that features round links on the outside and flat on the inside. Belcher chains with rounded links on both the outside and inside are sometimes referred to as rolo chains.
Belcher chains consist of D-shaped links that are relatively broad and uniform in size and shape. The links alternate 180 degrees when pulled, giving the belcher chain a classic, timeless look and feel. In contrast, round belcher chains are slightly different in that the links are entirely round rather than D-shaped.
Round belcher chains are popular in more delicate necklace chains. The smooth, round links are less likely to catch on clothing and are generally more delicate looking than traditional belcher chains.
A square belcher chain consists of flat, D-shaped links arranged in a square pattern. This type of chain is less flexible than a round belcher chain and is great for pendants and charms because it will lay flat against the body.
ARE BELCHER CHAINS STRONG?
Certainly, belcher chains are strong. One of the strongest types of chains is the belcher chain style, also known as a rolo chain. Even fine belcher chains are stronger and heavier than cable chains. This is because of the flat surface area on the links, which creates more contact points and makes it more difficult for the links to glide past each other.
WHAT IS A ROPE CHAIN?
ARE ROPE CHAINS DURABLE?
WHAT IS A BOX CHAIN?
ARE BOX CHAINS STRONG?
WHAT IS A SNAKE CHAIN?
ARE SNAKE CHAINS STRONG?
Snake chains are delicate necklace chains that look amazing when paired with pendants. Because of their semi-rigid construction, they don't tangle easily or catch on hair or other objects, which can lead to damage. And a chain coming undone is also extremely unlikely in this design since each link is tightly soldered shut.
WHAT IS A WHEAT CHAIN?
ARE WHEAT CHAINS STRONG?
Although wheat chains appear delicate, they are fact, incredibly robust. They are less likely to kink or snag than other kinds of chains because of their woven appearance. Moreover, wheat chains are less likely to break than rope chains since they have four strands rather than only two.
WHAT IS A HERRINGBONE CHAIN?
ARE HERRINGBONE CHAIN NECKLACES STRONG?
Since each link in a herringbone chain is bent in the middle, its kinks easily, as the links eventually fall out of place, making herringbone chains one of the most delicate necklace styles. With that said, herringbone chains are a gorgeous and fashionable option if you are careful with your jewelry and don't mind replacing or repairing your chains every few years.
WHAT IS AN ANCHOR CHAIN?
Anchor chains, also known as mariner chains, feature interlocking oval links with a vertical bar that runs across the middle, preventing tangling or twisting.
ARE ANCHOR CHAINS STRONG?
Because their links typically tend to be thick relative to their size, anchor chains are the heaviest and most resilient chain style, making them a perfect choice if you want jewelry pieces that will last a lifetime.
WHAT IS AN OMEGA CHAIN?
ARE OMEGA CHAINS STRONG?
Omega chains have limited flexibility and can easily kink and bend. These necklaces have a delicate structure; if they are twisted, they can become irreparably damaged. Hence, exercise caution when dealing with your omega chains; make sure they don't snag on any of your clothing and never sleep in them, as the continuous movement from rolling around or lying down in bed could cause them to become tangled.
Omega chains can be difficult to restore after they have twisted. Sometimes, repairing omega chains might not be impossible, depending on the extent of the damage. Typically, a jeweler will cut omega chains that need straightening; they work on the chains' inner structures and outer segments to fix the kink.