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Jewellery Chain Glossary (One)

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

1.Anchor chain

Anchor chain is a classic jewellery chain design and the chain most people can describe with ease. It is characterised by uniformly sized repeating oval links which are arranged alternatively in a horizontal and then vertical orientation, traditionally with a vertical bar in the middle of each link. Because of the simplicity of its links it is one of the strongest types of jewellery chain and it is no surprise that it has the same design as the chains used to anchor large ships in port. This chain is also known as marine chain. Variations of this jewellery chain design include figarucci chain or flat anchor chain where the outer surfaces of the individual links are flattened off by diamond cutting, round anchor chain where the outer surfaces are slightly rounded and maritime chain where only every other link is an anchor link.



ANODISED CHAIN

Anodised chain is not a chain design but a chain that has undergone a coating process using electrolysis to give a protective or decorative oxide finish. This anodising process produces a bonded finish that resists corrosion, exposure and abrasion. In the case of aluminium, which is the most common metal selected for anodised jewellery chain, the process creates a hard layer of aluminium oxide. This anodised finish can also be used to introduce colour to the chain using organic dyes or inorganic pigments which are absorbed and sealed into the pores of the oxide layer.

2. BALL CHAIN

Ball Chain is composed of spheres of metal rather than open links. These spheres or balls can be solid or hollow to reduce weight. They can be fixed at regular intervals along the length of the chain with connector bars, or placed immediately adjacent to each other. This jewellery chain typically has it own snap fastening, with the larger steel versions of this chain more often used to hold ID cards than for jewellery. This type of jewellery making chain is also known as bead chain and pelline chain.

3. BAR CHAIN

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


4. BARLEYCORN CHAIN

Barleycorn chain is formed of long thin teardrop shaped links that all point in the same direction. The join of each link is like a small hinge, meaning this style of jewellery chain is not overly flexible.



5.BEAD CHAIN
Bead chain is composed of spheres of metal rather than open links. These spheres or balls can be solid or hollow to reduce weight. They can be fixed at regular intervals along the length of the chain with connector bars, or placed immediately adjacent to each other. This jewellery chain typically has it own snap fastening, with the larger steel versions of this chain more often used to hold ID cards than for jewellery. This type of jewellery making chain is also known as ball chain and pelline chain.

6. BEADED CHAIN

Beaded chain is composed of beads either strung onto and secured along the length of a standard chain, or individually joined together using wire loops which pass through the bead and connect to the next wire looped bead along until they create a length of chain.



7. BEADING CHAIN

Beading chain can either be a fine tubular link chain which is thin enough to fit through standard bead holes or a fine crimpable chain similar in style to snake chain which can be used with crimps to secure the beads along its length. This second type of chain is also known as crimpable chain.


8. BELCHER CHAIN

Belcher chain originated in Britain in the 18th century, and was named for the bare knuckle boxer Jem Belcher who was Champion of All England from 1800 to 1805. This jewellery chain is similar in style to trace chain but rather than having uniform links they are wider than they are thick. In its finest form it is known as baby belcher chain. This jewellery chain is also known as rolo chain.

10. BIRDCAGE CHAIN

Birdcage 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 including Byzantine chain, idiot’s delight chain and king’s braid chain.

Jewellery Chain Glossary - Birdcage Chain