Friday, April 27, 2012

Classic Types of Neck Chains

When buying chains to wear for men and women, you will run across so many different names for the style of the chain. Here is a breakdown of some of the classic, more well-known chains and what they look like to help you determine what style works for you.

Herringbone Chains - A herringbone neck chain is created when 2 or more rows of metal flat slats are connected together. This type of neck chain lays flat against the neckline and is highly reflective to light. You can find the in costume jewelry metal, gold, sterling silver, stainless steel and platinum. Prices vary greatly depending on the type of metal, length of the chain and the weight of metal used.

Curb Chains and Figaro Chains - You often see the curb chain in men's neck chains due to their thickness and weight, although you can find them in women's jewelry if they are more on they petite side. Figaro and Curb Chains are when oval links are connected together to form the neck chain. These oval links can be high polished, diamond-cut or a combination of the two.

Rope Chain - A rope chain can be found in both men's and women's jewelry. Men tend to like their ropes thicker and larger in size and women tend to like them delicate or moderate in size. Rope chains make great chains to suspend pendants from as long as the diameter of the chain fits through the pendant's opening. A rope chain is made when metal strands are twisted together to resemble a rope. They can be done in fashion jewelry metal, gold, sterling silver, stainless steel or in platinum. Prices vary greatly on rope chains depending on the materials, length and weight.

Box Chain - a box chain is one of the most popular chains for those who like to wear pendants on their neck chain. The chain is boxy in shape and very durable. You can find box chains in various lengths and thickness, and made from a wide variety of metals. We see more women than men sporting around box chains and prices can vary according to materials use to make the box chain.

We will be looking at several more chain styles in the coming weeks so you can be aware of all the different types and style to find the perfect chain just right for you and your fashion needs.

by Kaye Lefier, Contributing Editor at, online store specializing in wooden jewelry boxes and leather jewelry cases. Kaye is an avid Jewelry Collector and writes about Jewelry and Jewelry Trends.

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