All About Chains
The following is a guide to the most popular chain styles. A chain necklace makes a great, versatile piece of jewellery. It can be worn alone as an elegant strand of sleek and sparkling silver or layered with your own choice of different styles or used to hang a gemstone pendant from. There are many different styles of silver chains from the classic belcher link chain to the sleek and solid snake chain all with their own unique construction and style. These silver chains are available to buy from this website.
Comparing Chain Prices
You will find a bewildering array of silver chains available to buy from many different jewellers and retailers. Always check the weight of chains when making comparisons of price. Two round snake chains of the same diameter can vary considerably in weight.
The country of origin will play a role in the value and authenticity of the chain in question. Sterling silver is 92.5% silver 7.5% copper alloy. White metal contains no silver and is simply base metal.
The price of silver chain is made up of the price of the silver weight used at the time of manufacture and the labour charge for the design.
The size quoted in mms for each chain is its diameter not its circumference.
Our silver chain collection is made entirely in Italy from sterling silver.
Ball chains, otherwise known as bead chains, have spherical or oval balls instead of links. In a classic ball chain there is usually a connecter - a small silver bar - between each ball which sometimes travels into the centre of the ball to allow the chain to move fluidly.
However, there are many different variations of ball chains.
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chains are classic link chains. Usually the links are round but occasionally
you'll see one with oval or graduated links.
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Box chains have square links joined together in the same way as the round links in the belcher chain. A box chain is sturdy and compact but fluid. Like the belcher chain, box chains are popular with both sexes.
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A byzantine chain is a study in intricate elegance. This unique chain
design is involved as several links join together to create a type of knot.
Byzantine chains can have different profiles from square, oval and round to
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Link chains are constructed using open links in a regular configuration. In the narrowest interpretation, link chains have an even, regular link which is repeated throughout the chain length. These links can be round, square, oval or even heart shaped and tend to be light weight.
However a wider interpretation allows for a much more exciting collection.
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Mesh chains are constructed in an entirely different way to regular chains with links. Mesh chain is made by a length of shaped silver hooks knitting together around a central spindle. The size and shape of the silver going around the spindle creates the width and design of the mesh chain. It is similar to circular knitting.
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Omega Chains and Torques
Omega chains are wiry and firm. They behave quite differently to other chains and will curve as a choker around the base of the neck. An omega chain is not rigid like a torque and is usually used with a pendant. A torque is a rigid circle, open at the back which sits around the base of the neck rather like an open bangle around your wrist.
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As you can see from the close up photo above, the name "popcorn" is inspired by the appearance of the cinema snack!
A popcorn chain is created by wrapping ball chains together. The finished chain is round in profile and the chunkiest ones will be hollow inside.
The appearance is beautifully textured no matter how fine or how chunky the popcorn chain is and very different to other chain styles.
See our popcorn necklaces and matching popcorn bracelets.
Rope chains come in many different styles but all have the classic twisted strand appearance in common.
The continuous ebb and flow of the rope chain design is a timeless classic.
The wide variety of widths and styles is testament to he popularity of the rope chain design.
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Snake chains are all time favourites.
A real snake chain is a wonderfullly fluid construction which curves beautifully like liquid silver. Unlike link chains, a snake chain is constructed of sections around a central silver core. Each section is a "ring" which creates a zig zag effect resembling the skin of its namesake and enabling the snake like movement.
This is a dense construction and gives the snake chain its smooth, continuous character.
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Torcion Chains are beautiful, solid curving chains.
They are round in profile and textured with solid strands of silver interwoven in to this great design.
A torcion chain is firm but not rigid, it will curve but not crease and forms a seductive U not a V.
It is similar to a cable or rope chain but different in its construction and profile.
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Wheat chains, also known as spiga chains, take their name from the ear of wheat the construction resembles.
This plaited effect makes a truly gorgeous chain no matter what the width.
The behaviour of a wheat chain is determined by the tightness of the construction.
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How Do I Know What Length of Chain I Need?
We're often asked this question.
If you don't already have a chain or necklace of the right length that you can measure, then use a length of string or wool to wrap round your neck down to the point to which you want the chain to fall.
If you are using the chain to hang a pendant, consider first where you want to postion the pendant.
Thread the string or wool through the pendant bale and position it, using the string around your neck, where you want to wear it. Measure the length of the string and this is the chain length to buy.
Remember the quoted length of the chain is the entire length including the clasp so you don't have to guess the clasp length and subtract it from the measurement you've just taken.
As a rule of thumb, the 16" and 18" lengths are the ones that suit most women who want a pendant chain to position the pendant at mid chest.
Chain Lengths For MenIf you're buying for a man and can't subject him to the string test, his collar size is a good indication of the size of the base of his neck. Add inches to this depending on how high or low on his chest you want the chain to sit.
Although not foolproof, as a general rule of thumb, add 2" to collar size for a high collar bone position, 4" for high chest, 6" for mid chest.
Our collection of silver chains offers lengths from 14" to 40" so there's a perfect length just waiting for you.