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Jewellery Chain Glossary (Two)

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

11. BIKE LINK CHAIN

Bike link chain closely resembles the link arrangement in a bicycle chain (minus the oil) with square shaped metal links secured together with a bar. Because of its linear link pin construction it is not a very flexible jewellery chain but it is very striking in its design.

12 BISMARCK CHAIN

Bismark chain resembles a chain link fence but with a much tighter mesh arrangement. It starts as run of two cable chains or curb chains whose sides are then neatly soldered together to form a parallel length of links.

13. BOOK CHAIN

Book 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 as box chain, briolette chain, square link chain and Venetian chain.


14. BOSTON LINK CHAIN

Boston link chain is named after the American city. It is a soldered cable chain that has then been mechanically processed using a hammer die, a process also known as swedging. This elongates each link and squares them off creating an elegant box like profile on all four sides of the chain.


15. BOX CHAIN

Box 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 as book chain, briolette chain, square link chain and Venetian chain.


16. BRAZILIAN CHAIN

Brazilian 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 jewellery 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 hexagon chain, round maille chain, star weave chain but most commonly snake chain.

17. BRIOLETTE CHAIN

Briolette 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, square link chain and Venetian chain.

18. BYZANTINE CHAIN

Byzantine 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 making 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 birdcage chain, idiot’s delight chain and king’s braid chain.


19. C LINK CHAIN

C link chain, also know as C chain is made up of solid ‘c’ shaped sections that fit into one another in a repeating pattern. It is designed to lie flat and is noted for its flexibility when compared against other flat profile chains such as herringbone chain. This jewellery chain can be further enhanced with bevelled edges as well as engraving on the individual links, including classical vertical lines of varying depths and thicknesses

20. CABLE CHAIN

This is the most common type of jewellery chain and is a much reduced version of the large chains used on board ships. 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 a cable chain is identical throughout, giving it a simple but classic look. Variations on this design include double link chain or parallel link chain where pairs of links are used, with other variants using rectangular links, square links and links that alternate in size. This chain is also known as link chain.


20. CHARM CHAIN

Not too surprisingly charm chain is used to make charm bracelets. In practice any chain can be used for this purpose. However, this chain makes use of round, thin wire links joined together in the same way that cable and anchor chains are. But in this case each link is made of three layers of wire, joined to the next three links but not to each other. This provides lots of anchor points for charms to be attached to whilst having a strong but open structure to allow these decorative objects to hang freely.