Chains are probably the most essential piece of jewellery in any ones collection. However it can be hard for you to decide what chain style you would like to purchase because there are so many different styles available to buy here at Sonny's Jewellers. There are newer chain styles such as paperclip and ball chain styles, as well as the more classic styles such as belcher and curb chains. But rest assured, we will go through the most popular chains all in one place, giving you a more informed choice for when the time comes to choose your own chain or just to give you a little bit more knowledge on the many different styles. Get a cuppa and enjoy reading.
First, what’s their history?
The history of chains dates all the way back to 2500BC where they were first created and designed by ancient Egyptians. Mostly well-known back then for being royalty's jewellery statements, fashion pieces and even interior design. Chains have definitely come a long way from where they all started all those years back and have been altered and changed greatly to look the way they do today and a lot more accessible than they were in those days.
The many different chain styles
Chains are essentially links, no matter the shape or size, all connected together forming a circular chain that sits around the neck, wrist, ankle and even around the body, all depending on the look you are going for. Though they are typically around the neck and wrist.
Belcher Chain/ Rolo Chain
One of the most popular today are the belcher chains, also known as rolo chains. Their links are round and broad in shape, usually D-shaped which is when the link itself is flat on the inside and rounded on the outside. Each link is then interlocked then soldered together to form the chain. Can be found in all metals, all lengths and all widths, making them versatile enough for addition accessories such as a pendant. View our Belcher chains here.
The famous curb chain is also very popular today especially with the gents but are also worn by women too. It's links are strong and designed flat which enables this chain to lay beautifully on the chest, showing off its interlocking links. The curb chain is typically available in many variations such as open curb, double curb, triple curb or cuban anchor, so there are many options to choose from. Fine curb chains are great for pendants. View our Curb Chains here.
Spiga Chain/ Wheat Chain
The spiga chain, also known as a wheat chain, known for its curvaceous style and lovely feel. It's links intertwine beautifully together in a woven like style much like wheat, hence its second name, creating a beautiful intricate design. The spiga chain comes in different lengths and widths with the slimmer widths being more suited for pendants and the thicker widths beautifully worn as a standalone piece, although pendants can be attached our own Goldsmith here at Sonny's Jewellers. View our Spiga Chains here.
Hence its name, the rope chain has a twisted intertwined style like its name suggests. Its links are small yet create a thick chain because of how they are linked and twisted together. The rope chain is most sought after to wear with a pendant as it reflects off of itself and catches the light beautifully and tends to draw the eye. They are usually worn as a standalone piece, making them extremely simple to wear. View our Rope Chains here.
With a very sturdy and simple design, the box chain is a much loved chain. Each link is square in shape and linked together to form a smooth and sleek appearance. Usually found in thinner width forms, than the example of the rolo chain, because they are typically worn with pendants and/or layering with other chain styles. They are super shiny and eye catching. View our Box Chains here.
The paperclip chain is a contemporary designed chain that has elongated links that are rectangular or oval in shape, which is where they get there name from. This chain tends to appeal more to those who desire a modern and unique piece of jewellery. This style of chain is light weight and feels pleasant when worn because of its clean lines and delicate feel. View our Paperclip Chains here.
The snake chain gives the appearance of one long continuous thread as the links are so tightly intertwined together. There are two types of snake chain - voluminous and flat. Flat snake chains are usually worn alone and diamond cut to enhance its shine and glisten, whereas the voluminous snake chain is usually worn with a pendant. View our Snake Chains here.
Ball Chain/ Bead Chain
A ball chain is a flexible, non-kinking and light weight chain that you will usually find on a soldier with dog tags hanging from it. Nowadays ball chains are worn as a fashion statement. They consists of balls of precious metal held together via short length links, or sometimes wire. The balls are usually hollow but can be made in solid precious metal too. Mostly worn without a pendant and as a layering piece with other favourite chain styles for a unique look. View our Ball Chains here.
This chain is striking to look at, and definitely makes a statement when worn. The word byzantine comes from Byzantine Empire originally. Each link is made up of several round, curved links that make this chain very much thicker and durable than other chains. Usually worn as a vocal piece on its own. View our Byzantine Chains here.
This chain is flat in profile and has around 2 or 3 short links alternating with a longer link. This style of chain originated in Italy and still, to this day, remains one of the much loved and popular choice of chain for everyone. Can be worn alone or with a favourite pendant of your choice. View our Figaro Chains here.
Infinity Chain/ Figure of Eight Chain
You can probably already tell why this chain is called the figure of 8 chain what with its smaller links resembling the number 8. Sometimes this link is twisted to make an 8 shape but there are many different ways to create a figure of 8 chain such as the image below. Instead of twisted links this chain has small round links which are linked together to form the figure 8 instead. This chain is great to wear alone or with a pendant you love. View our Infinity Chains here.
The herringbone chain has links that are flat, short and parallel to each other. This chain is usually woven together with two or more rows that are braided together. The name herringbone is given to this chain simply because it resemble that of a fish's skeleton called the herring. This type of link on a chain promotes sturdiness and a strong, unique texture and style. It's not typically worn with a pendant because of the link size, however it is great to wear as a layering piece with other chains. View our Herringbone Chains here.
The tinsel chain, also known as the serpentine chain, has links that resemble tinsel, hence the name. The links on this chain are flat and twisted in such a way that the sparkle you get when wearing this chain is insane. These types of chains are very pretty to the eyes and the glitter immensely when the light catches them. They look great with pendants hanging from them and adds a rich and luxurious hit to any outfit you choose to wear with it. View our Tinsel Chains here.
The Singapore chain is similar to the classic curb chain that's designed with flattened links that are twisted to form it's shape. Their design helps them to be very flexible, durable and versatile to wear with any pendant you wish. View our Singapore Chains here.
The ultimate design in chains can't really be defined when there are so many different style chains to choose also when everyone has their own style and take on each chain. We believe that all chains are stunning in their own unique way also depending on how you want to wear your chain will determine which chain you go for. With the amount of different style chains available we understand that it's not an easy decision to make but we have a very helpful team and we are able to help you choose the one for you.