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Jewellery Chain Glossary (Seven)

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

71. SERPENTINE CHAIN

Serpentine chain is composed of hammered ‘s’ shaped links that are laid next to each other with another identical set of links laid in parallel below the first and connected together.


72. SINGAPORE CHAIN

Singapore chain is constructed using a series of flat diamond cut chain links. Several of these links are interwoven to form a diamond shape, and then in turn these diamond shaped links are twisted and flattened to form a chain. This process results in a chain with links that reflect light from different angles, giving the chain a sparkling appearance as well as a pleasing natural curve.

73. SNAKE CHAIN

Snake 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 chain, hexagon chain, round maille chain, and star weave chain.

74. SPIGA CHAIN

Spiga chain is made from small figure of eight links which give it an almost square, plaited profile. It is a strong, complex chain which are both qualities that are usually reflected in its price. This jewellery making chain is also known as espiga chain and wheat chain. The name derives from the Spanish word espiga meaning wheat.


75. SQUARE LINK CHAIN

Square link chain is much loved for its geometric simplicity. It is made from round wire which is rolled flat and then folded into square links that form open boxes or cubes. This provides a sturdy, yet classically smooth, sleek and uniform appearance. This jewellery making chain is also known asbook chain, box chain, briolette chain and Venetian chain.

Jewellery Chain Glossary - Square Link Chain


76. STAR WEAVE CHAIN

Star weave 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 chain, hexagon chain, round maille chain, and most commonly snake chain.

Jewellery Chain Glossary - Star Weave Chain


77. SWAGED or SWEDGED

Swaging or swedging in relation to chain is a forging process used to change the shape or cross section of the individual links using a shaped tool or die. This shaping process is used to condense, flatten or generally modify the overall appearance of cold metal chain usually to create variations of more common chain styles. The change achieved can be signiifcant, for example herringbone chain and serpentine chain both start out as cable chain or curb chain.


78. TINSEL CHAIN

Tinsel chain starts life as a standard serpentine chain which is then soldered and hammered into an interlocking ‘s’ design, before being twisted to create the appearance of a nugget. This chain is also known as nugget chain and twisted serpentine chain.

Jewellery Chain Glossary - Tinsel Chain


79. TRACE CHAIN

Trace chain is generally a fine and delicate chain which usually has a uniform breadth and thickness. It is typically formed from wire with slightly oval links. For the purposes of our bead shop any style of jewellery chain with links smaller than 2.5mm is described as trace chain.

 Jewellery Chain Glossary - Trace Chain


80. TWISTED CURB CHAIN

Twisted curb chain is constructed using a series of flat curb chain links which have been twisted to add extra interest. This design results in a chain with links that reflect light from different angles, giving the chain a sparkling appearance and a more textural appeal.

Jewellery Chain Glossary - Twisted Curb Chain