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A Complete List of The Different Types of Necklace Chains

Thinking of customizing a unique personalized necklace, but not quite sure which kind of chain and clasp should be chosen? Then you should read this article.


1) Cable chain


Also known as oval chain.


It's one of the most common chains, consists of multiple identical oval or round links, which can be picked up for simple necklaces with a pendant, or bracelets with charms. Cable chain is very similar to oval chains. There are various of cable chains on the market. The basic types are normal cable chain and flat cable chain, which is more sparkling. Cable chain is not complicated. It's easy to fix when they are broken.

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2) Box chain


Also known as Cube chain, Square chain


Box chain is machine-woven and hollow out, looks heavy but very light. To zoom in on the picture, you will see that each segment looks like a small box. A box chain can be worn alone or use to match a pendant or charm.

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3) Snake chain


Snake chain has a link design that are tightly combined. The overall shape looks like a snake's body. It's delicate, smooth, seamless and sparkling. Snake chains are also machine-woven, difficult to repair once broken.

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4) Ball (Bead) chain


With round bright surfaces, ball or bead chain reflects the light in all directions. It looks stunning and lovely, can be used to make bracelets or necklaces.

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5) Rolo chain


Rolo chain, also called belcher chain, consists of round or oval symmetrical links which are connected together. It could be worn alone in bracelet and anklet. Rollo chain are available in various sizes and materials, making it a great choice for jewellery making.

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6) Curb chain


Curb chain is made of oval flattened links which are twisted or diamond cut. It's a great choice to make men's jewellery, could be worn itself as choker necklace or bracelet, varies in size, length, and color.

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7) Figaro Chain


Figaro chain is similar to curb chain, but not uniform in size, made of the flattened links in alternating length. It's one of the most popular chains to come with pendants and charms both for women and men fashion jewlery.


8) Paperclip chain


paperclip chains are modern, fashion and cool. They show a chic style when wearing alone as a delicate statement piece or picking up for pendant and charms. The adjustable length allows you to wear them the full length or shorten it to a choker or layered bracelets.

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9) Herringbone chain


Herringbone chain is made of thick and flat metal segments. It's a classic design for choker necklace or bracelet. This type of chain comes in various color, size and length. There are lots of options to choose from. Usually wear alone by itself.

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10) Anchor (Mariner​) chain


Anchor chain is one of the most popular chains for fashion jewellery. It's very strong, made up of round or oval links with a vertical bar in the middle of each link. There are different material options available, basically 925 sterling silver and stainless steel are the most common choice.

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11) Rope chain


Rope chain has two or more intertwined oval links. It's beautiful, simple and bling. Most of people love it because of its bold look and understated elegance. Often used as a statement pieces or for a dazzling necklace.

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12) Cuban​ chain


Cuban link chain is stylish, trendy and strong, connected with twisted oval shaped links, perfect choice for men's fashion necklaces. Can be worn alone or matched with suitable pendant or charms.

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13) Tennis chain


Tennis chain is a type of shinning chain with modern look. It's thin, long and glorious, contains a circle of many small stones connected by metal chain. Can be worn alone as choker necklace, or matched with pendant and charms.

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14) Node chain


15) Wheat chain


For Wheat chain, each buckle is interlocked. This design makes the chain more three-dimensional, and also adds a tough feel to the necklace. It is strong and generous, naturally revealed a calm atmosphere of charm.


Wheat chain is one of the most popular types. It's glossy, strong and easy to match clothes. Suitable for all kinds of gemstone jewelry, or can be worn alone as choker necklace.

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16) Water wave chain


The patterns on the chain twisting like ripples in water, create a shimmering effect reminiscent of glistening waves. This twisting pattern seems to flow like water, giving off a sparkling and glimmering visual effect. This style not only stimulates one's imagination but also imparts a unique artistic atmosphere to the necklace. It can bring a sense of joy and a delightful visual experience to the wearer.

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17) Sphere chain


It's a type of chain that features spherical or ball-shaped links. These links are usually connected in a series to form a continuous chain. Sphere chains can be made from various materials, such as metal (gold, silver, stainless steel), beads, or gemstones, and they are popular for creating elegant and stylish necklaces or bracelets. The spherical links in the chain can vary in size, giving the jewelry piece a unique texture and visual appeal. Sphere chains are often used in jewelry design to add a touch of sophistication and modernity to the accessory.

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18) Iced cuban chain


This type of chain combines the design elements of a cuban link chain with the addition of bling stones set into the links, giving it a sparkling, "iced out" appearance.


Iced cuban chain is often associated with hip-hop and urban fashion, where the use of diamonds enhances the luxurious and flashy look of the accessory. These chains are popular among individuals who want to make a bold fashion statement.

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19) Pearl chain


The chain is made primarily or entirely of pearls, which can vary in size, shape, color, and quality. Common types of pearls used in personalized designs include freshwater pearls, artificial pearls. The pearl chain can create a classic and elegant jewelry piece.


Pearl chains can be worn on their own for a simple and sophisticated look or combined with other jewelry pieces to create a more elaborate ensemble. The quality and value of a pearl chain depend on factors such as the size, shape, surface quality, luster, and overall appearance of the pearls used.

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20) Leather cord


Leather cord is a flexible and durable material. It's popular for creating casual and rustic-style necklaces and bracelets, and often used in personalized jewelry designs to create a natural, organic and antique look. They can be left plain or combined with various types of beads, pendants, or charms to enhance their aesthetic appeal.


21) Thick oval chain


Thick oval chain is a specific type of jewelry chain characterized by its oval-shaped links that are thicker and more substantial than those in standard chains, making the chain more robust and durable. These links are designed in an oval shape, creating a unique and stylish appearance.


The thickness of the links can vary, ranging from moderately thick to very thick, depending on the specific design and the desired aesthetic.


They are often chosen for their bold and substantial look, making them suitable for both men's and women's jewelry.


22) U shape link cable chain


It's a type of jewelry chain characterized by its links that are shaped like the letter "U." These links are typically curved in a semi-circular fashion, creating a U-shaped profile. The U-shape design gives the chain a distinctive and visually appealing look.


U-shape link chains can be worn on their own as a minimalist and chic accessory, or they can be combined with pendants, charms, or gemstones to create more intricate and personalized jewelry pieces. The versatility of U-shape link chains allows them to be used in a wide range of jewelry designs, catering to different styles and preferences.

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23) Seed chain


For this chain, each link looks like a seed, slender and elongated. Smooth in design, simple yet stylish, with a subtle and versatile style that can embody various looks such as a chic and hip-hop vibe.


24) OXOX chain


The OXOX chain, from its appearance, looks like a combination of the letter "X" and the letter "O," very stylish and elegant, exuding a sense of luxury. It is often paired with intricately diamond-cut name pendants, creating a dazzling and eye-catching overall style.


25) Rainbow beaded chain


Rainbow beaded chain typically refers to a type of jewelry chain made with colorful beads. These chains are created by stringing together beads of different colors in a specific pattern or arrangement, creating a vibrant and eye-catching piece of jewelry.


They can be used in various jewelry designs, such as bracelets, necklaces, or anklets, adding a playful and cheerful touch to the overall look. The term "rainbow" indicates the use of a spectrum of colors, similar to the colors of a rainbow. These chains are popular for their bright and lively appearance, making them a favorite choice for accessories, especially among those who enjoy colorful and fun jewelry.


26) Glass bead chain


It is a type of jewelry chain made using glass beads instead of traditional metal links. Glass beads come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and finishes, allowing for a diverse range of designs. These beads can be strung together with wire or thread to create a chain-like structure.


Glass bead chains can be used to make necklaces, bracelets, or other types of jewelry. The use of glass beads adds a unique and colorful element to the jewelry piece, making it visually appealing and often more intricate in design compared to chains made solely of metal links.


These chains are popular for their versatility and ability to be customized to suit different styles and preferences. They are widely used in both contemporary and traditional jewelry designs.


27) Stone beaded chain


It's a type of chain made from various types of stones, minerals, or gemstones. These beads can be natural or synthetic and come in a wide range of colors, shapes, and sizes. Stone beads are popular in jewelry making due to their natural beauty, durability, and versatility.


Normally, these beads are strung together with wire, thread, or cord, creating a chain-like structure. The beads can be uniform in size and shape for a more polished look, or they can vary in size and shape for a more rustic or eclectic appearance.


The choice of stones can vary widely, including popular gemstones like quartz, amethyst, jade, agate. Each type of stone brings its unique color, texture, and energy to the jewelry piece, making stone beaded chains highly popular among jewelry enthusiasts and artisans. These chains are often used in both contemporary and traditional jewelry designs, offering a natural and earthy appeal to the finished jewelry item.


27) Lip shape chain


28) Spaced pearl chain


29) Enamel bead chain


30) Flower chain


All chains above are some commonly used styles for personalized jewelry. Apart from these, we also have many unique designs available, and we are able to customize the chains according to your specific requirements. Please feel free to contact us for further discussion.





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