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Jewellery Chain Glossary (Four)

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31. FANCY CHAIN

Fancy chain is a catch all description for any decorative variation of a standard chain type. By way of an example, a trace chain formed of heart shaped links would be described and sold as fancy chain. Other decorative features might include unusual link designs such as hearts or stars, decorative finishes to the chain links, or the additional of dangles.

Jewellery Chain Glossary - Fancy Chain

32. FIGARO CHAIN

Figaro chain is similar to curb chain, in that it has flattened twisted links but it does not have one uniform link size or shape. Typically it will have between one and five shorter links alternating between a longer link, creating an attractive repeating pattern for the length of the chain. This type of jewellery chain originated in Italy and is named after the popular Italian opera The Marriage of Figaro.

33. FIGARUCCI CHAIN

Figarucci chain is a variation of anchor chain or marine chain but with twisted diamond cut oval links and a dividing bar in the middle of each link. Like curb chain it will lie flat on a surface.

34. FIGURE OF 8 CHAIN

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

35. FILIGREE CHAIN

Filigree chain is typically styled like a cable chain or curb chain but with long links that have added decoration in the form of a Florentine patterngiving this jewellery chain a lace like or filigree finish.

36. FLAT LINK CABLE CHAIN

Flat link cable chain is a style of cable chain that has flat sided vertical links rather then rounded metal links.

37. FLATTENED

Flattening is a cold metal process used to flatten the curved surfaces of chain links to add interest and to create a larger reflective area to enhance a chains shine and appeal.

38. FOB CHAIN

A fob chain is a short length of finished chain which was traditionally used to secure a pocket watch to a gentleman’s waistcoat. At the other end of the chain to the swivel hook and pocket watch was a bar or decorative ornament which would be placed through a waistcoat button hole to secure the watch in place. These are now much sought after by jewellery designers for use as necklaces and charm bracelets.

39. FOXTAIL CHAIN

Foxtail chain uses a loop chain link made up of two rows of slanted oval links connected by a series of flat rings running down the chain’s centre. Each row of links faces the other at a 45 degree angle. This creates a braided or woven effect with a directional grain and a fullness which gives the appearance of the hairs on a fox’s tail. This jewellery making chain can be hammered or swaged into a square profile or alternatively it can bediamond cut.

40. FRENCH ROPE CHAIN

French rope chain is made from machine flattened wire with each wire link woven into the next link without the benefit of solder.