Every so often it’s important to remind ourselves of the basic elements of jewelry making. We can sometimes forget simple vocabulary and make up our own words and descriptions. If you’re a beginning beader, you might also feel overwhelmed with all of the new terminology you have to learn to become part of the “beading world.” I know I sometimes am not sure how to best describe a product or idea, so I’m constantly checking my resources. With all of the different chain out there, it might be hard to know what each name means and which ones you think would work best for your designs. Below are the different types of chain commonly used in jewelry so you’ll know the difference next time you’re shopping for supplies.
This chain is made up of wide square-shaped links and creates a smooth appearance.
Also known as a link chain, this chain is comprised of oval or round links of the same size. It’s the most common chain used.
Curb chain is made of flattened round links which are all the same size.
Like the curb chain, a Figaro chain is comprised of flattened round links; however, Figaro chains display links of different sizes. It commonly features a pattern of two or three small links and then a larger link.
Infinity Link Chain
The links in this chain are shaped into the infinity symbol, or figure eight loops.
Similar to a cable chain, a rollo chain also features round or oval links with symmetrical sizes, though these are usually bulkier to hold pendants and dangles.
This chain’s oval links twist and spiral to create the appearance of woven rope. Its style is popular for versatile looks.
Remember, some manufacturers may label their products differently. This is a basic guide to help you with well-known terms to get you started. You can browse all of our jewelry chains to find the one that’s best for your next design.