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Jewellery Chain Glossary (Three)

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

21.CLOSED LINK CHAIN

Closed link chains are chains which benefit from an additional production process which ensures every individual join has solder applied to ensure the link cannot open easily. This process adds to the cost of the chain, and for this reason it is often reserved for precious metal chains, but it does mean a chain length is less likely to break or stretch over time. It also means finer jewellery making chains can be used with heavier embellishments such as glass, pendants and stones.

22. COBRA CHAIN

Is a basic cable chain that has been hammered or swaged into a chain with flat triangular links.

23. CRIMPABLE CHAIN

Crimpable 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

24. CRINKLE CHAIN

Crinkle chain or peanut chain is an example of a fancy chain with an attractive wavy link design.

25. CUBAN LINK CHAIN

Cuban link chain is a variation of cable chain with oval shaped links and added decorative detail in the form of a twisting rope like pattern cut into each link.

26. CUP CHAIN

Cup chain consists of a series of metal open topped boxes or cubes into which are dropped shaped glass crystals providing a repeating pattern of sparkle. The boxes are typically linked with a flat bar which allows the chain to articulate horizontally, with a little movement vertically. The stones come in a wealth of colours and finishes including crystal, crystal with aurora borealis finish, black diamond, as well as solid colours. This jewellery chain is very versatile and can be used as a standalone chain or worked into jewellery designs using cord, fabric, leather or wire.


27. CURB CHAIN

Curb chain Is a variation on cable chain with uniformly sized round or oval links that have been twisted and often diamond cut so that they lie flat along a surface. This form of chain has the greatest variety of widths, ranging from a few millimetres up to several centimetres. This jewellery making chain is sometimes referred to as gourmette chain.


28. DOUBLE LINK CHAIN

Double link chain is based on a cable chain or a curb chain but instead of a repeating pattern of single links it consists of a repeating pattern with two links lying parallel to each other linking directly to a second set of links lying in parallel. A variation of this chain style is known as parallel chain.

29. ELONGATED CABLE CHAIN

Elongated cable chain has the same basic structure as a standard cable chain but uses stretched links rather than round links. It makes for a very attractive light jewellery chain with an open appearance.

ELOGATED or DRAWN

Elongating is a cold metal process whereby round or oval chain links can be stretched or drawn to elongate the individual links, thereby making the chain narrower whilst adding interest through new link styles

30. ESPIGA CHAIN

Espiga chain translates from Spanish the word espiga meaning wheat. This intricate symmetrical chain is made from small figure of eight links which give it a plaited appearance, closely resembling an ear of wheat or corn. This jewellery chain is also known as spiga chain or wheat chain.