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Jewellery Chain Glossary (Five)

Here is a tutorial of introducing you the meaning of different kinds of jewelry chain. Hope you will continue reading it!

HAMMERED

Hammering in relation to chain is a cold metal forging process used to create texture on the surface of individual links to add texture and additional light catching surfaces.

41. HERRINGBONE CHAIN

Herringbone chain is made up multiple rows of ‘v’ shaped links that lie entirely flat giving it a fluid quality when worn. The direction of these links alternates with each new row creating the herringbone pattern. The rows themselves can also be laid out in different coloured links, for example to create a tricolour effect. Thin strands of herringbone chain can even be twisted or plaited together to provide an even greater visual effect.


42 HEXAGON CHAIN

Hexagon chain is made up of smooth round metal plates or bands with a slight curve at their mid point. They are tightly joined together to form a continuous flexible tube reminiscent of a snake skin due to a slight zigzag effect. It has a virtually closed surface profile which makes for a very elegant and flexible chain perfect for displaying a pendant from. Unlike omega chain there is no underlying wire or mesh to support these plates. This jewellery making chain is also known as Brazilian chainround maille chainstar weave chain and most commonly snake chainJewellery Chain Glossary - Hexagon Chain

43. HOOK CHAIN

In Britain this chain may put you in mind of a Victorian style toilet with a high wall mounted cistern with a long brass chain with ceramic pull handle! This hook chain is very simple in design having a round link with two folded back ends forming the hook that links into the next link. It is available in a variety of finishes as well as colours. This jewellery chain is also know as ladder chain.


44. IDIOT’S DELIGHT CHAIN

Idiot’s delight chain is an intricate, closely linked sequential chain design which has ancient origins dating back to the 5th Century. Made of either oval or round links the resulting chain is very soft and flexible with an elegant drape. The links are used in pairs, with a vertical pair joined by a horizontal pair to a vertical pair. The final pair in this sequence is then folded back past the middle section, with the middle section then opened upwards and downwards to both lock the folded back pair in place, as well as opening up an anchor point for the next sequence of three paired links. The result is a chain with a very detailed rope like appearance and texture. It is available in both flat and round styles, as well as a graduated form with the chain width becoming larger toward the centre of a necklace for example. Because of it’s early origins it is know by many other names includingbirdcage chainByzantine chain and king’s braid chain.

 

45. INFINITY LINK CHAIN

Infinity link chain is made up of flat lying oval links that are connected by a smaller, twisted link shaped like an ‘8’. This chain is also known asfigure of eight chain.

46.KING’S BRAID CHAIN

King’s braid chain is an intricate, closely linked sequential chain design which has ancient origins dating back to the 5th Century. Made of either oval or round links the resulting chain is very soft and flexible with an elegant drape. The links are used in pairs, with a vertical pair joined by a horizontal pair to a vertical pair. The final pair in this sequence is then folded back past the middle section, with the middle section then opened upwards and downwards to both lock the folded back pair in place, as well as opening up an anchor point for the next sequence of three paired links. The result is a jewellery chain with a very detailed rope like appearance and texture. It is available in both flat and round styles, as well as a graduated form with the chain width becoming larger toward the centre of a necklace for example. Because of it’s early origins it is know by many other names includingbirdcage chainByzantine chain, and idiot’s delight chain.

Jewellery Chain Glossary - King's Braid Chain

KNURLED

Knurling is a cold metal texturing process which results in hatching across the links of a chain reducing the overall reflectivity of the chain but adding texture and interest. The hatching can be in the form of cross hatching, repeating lines, or more complicated designs. 

47. LADDER CHAIN

In Britain this chain may put you in mind of a Victorian style toilet with a high wall mounted cistern with a long brass chain with ceramic pull handle! This ladder chain is very simple in design having a round link with two folded back ends forming the hook that links into the next link. It is available in a variety of finishes as well as colours. This chain is also know as hook chain.Jewellery Chain Glossary - Ladder Chain

48. LINK CHAIN

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 cable chain

Jewellery Chain Glossary - Link Chain

49. LINK AND BAR CHAIN

Link and bar chain is composed of small links or jump rings separated by metal bar links which can be curved, decorative, elongated, shaped, twisted, hollow, solid or a combination of these. This type of jewellery chain is also know as bar chain

  


 

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LONG AND SHORT CHAIN

Long and short chain is made up of one long link alternating with a series of shorter links. The shape of the links is consistent throughout the chain but the chain itself can formed from round, oval, square, rectangular or other shaped links. This style of chain also falls within the realms of figaro chain as well as fancy chain

Jewellery Chain Glossary - Long And Short Chain