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Chain Styles & Neck Measurements

Chain Styles

Ball/Bead Chains A "ball" or "bead" chain consists of uniformly sized, interconnected spherical links rather than open links. Ball chains are commonly used for dog-tag style necklaces, although the use of smaller sized beads can be used to create a feminine look.
Bar & Link Chains Bar & link chains are created from a patterned series of straight or curved bar shape links connected by small circular or oval shape links. This type of chain is visually intriguing due to its uncommon design. While bar & link chains have immense visual interest, they are a bit less sturdy than other styles of chain. The connecting links are quite small compared to the bars which makes them subject to stress. It is best to wear a light-weight pendant with this style of chain.

Box Chains

A box chain consists of uniform, three dimensional, six-sided, box shape links arranged to create a classic, smooth, four-sided chain. Box chains are created by rolling sterling silver or 14k gold wire until it forms a flat surface. The wire is then folded into square links. Box chains are prized for their sleek geometric simplicity and sturdy strength making them ideal chains for highlighting the beauty of a pendant.

Cable Chains

Cable chains are one of the most popular of all chain styles. Cable chains are created from equally sized interlocking oval or round links that connect at 90 degrees from one to the next. Cable chains resemble miniature versions of the classic design used for anchor chains found aboard ships.

Curb Chains

Curb chains are comprised of a series of either oval or round, uniformly sized, curved interconnected links that are twisted so they lay flat on any surface. Many curb chains have slightly beveled edges which helps to catch the light. Curb chains are a particularly popular style of chain for masculine necklaces.

Rolo / Belcher Chains

Sometimes referred to as a belcher chain, a Rolo chain is comprised of interlocking circular or oval shape symmetrical links. This style of chain is similar to the cable chain but is slightly more complex as the links can alternate in size. Rolo chains usually consist of links that are smaller in length and have thicker circumference than a traditional cable chain.

Rope Chains

As the name implies, rope chains are created by weaving together multiple rows of links that are twisted or looped together in a pattern that resembles the traditional spiral appearance of a rope.

Saturn Chains

Saturn chains are created from small round links that are interspersed with tiny beads equally spaced throughout the length of the chain. Saturn chains add a visually engaging touch of texture to your necklace.

Snake Chains

Sometimes known as Brazilian chains, a snake chain is comprised of tightly linked wavy plates, resulting in a smooth, round look with a subtle zigzag pattern. The links are joined to create a continual flexible tube that has an elegant, slinky, snake-like movement. Snake chains are comparatively easy to clean as the chain has a virtually closed surface profile.

Figaro Chains

The Figaro chain is a classic type of necklace chains. It's generally similar to the cable chain; however, it uses a few small round links followed by a liner oval link. This gives it a unique look that many people will enjoy. It's just as strong as a cable chain, however, if a link breaks it's more difficult to repair thanks to the design. Many people love these for daily wear, either alone or with a pendant. Larger versions can give you a more masculine look.

Byzantine Chain

One of the most interesting looking of the types of necklace chains, this chain is made of bent links joined with oval links. It has a unique look that can be flattering when worn alone. Sometimes called a 4 in 1 chain because each link passes through four others. If you're looking for different types of jewelry chain links to expand your necklace options, this is a great pick. It can be very study but doesn't work well with pendants. It can be a tad difficult to repair on your own.

Spiga / Wheat Chain

Spiga (meaning wheat) chains, are generally made up of twisted oval links, that are plaited together in one direction to create a delicate and symmetrical chain. A Spiga chain looks like a series of metallic fibers running into each other at their points, creating a beautiful textural appearance. The chain tends to look like the tips of wheat stalks, hence the name Spiga / wheat. This semi-rigid chain is very durable and sturdy, and can be worn with pendants or as is. This strong chain has a classic and timeless look.

Anchor / Mariner Chain

It consists of links with a bar in the middle and can be found with flat links or puffed links. It's great if you're looking for unique types of jewelry chain links. This is another good option for masculine-looking types of necklace chains, particularly in thicker widths. Mariner can make a statement when worn alone or easily support a pendant. They can also be repaired decently well. This is a great daily wear chain, particularly a puffed chain since they can be more comfortable.

Singapore Chain

The Singapore chain is a durable and strong chain that is made up of a series of interlinked segments. When stretched out, it is a beautiful and twisting open chain, that moves with almost a liquid touch. Singapore chains are popularly chosen to hold pendants as they are very strong regardless of width. It is a classic, sleek chain that pairs well with a beautiful pendant and can be worn daily.

Diamond Cut Chain

Don't be fooled by the term, Diamond cut chain isn't something that is adorned by a diamond pendant. This chain style is also comparable to that of the Rope chain style. This is an expensive looking chain style because it projects a shiny glare due to its sharply cut edges.


Chain Length

Layering has become a huge trend, specifically when it comes to necklaces. By layering the varying lengths of a chain (with or without a pendant), customers can express their own personal style. From 14 inches all the way to 24 inches, the options are endless.

Necklace Length

Feminine Positioning

Masculine Positioning

14” Necklace

Fits like a choker and wraps closely around the neck


16” Necklace

Fits perfectly around the base like a collar.


18” Necklace

A common choice for a feminine necklace that sits elegantly on the collarbone

Sits at the base of the neck (for smaller neck sizes)

20” Necklace

Will fall just below the collarbone

Reaches the collarbone 

22” Necklace

Falls at or above the top of the chest line

Falls a few inches below the collarbone

24” Necklace


Reaches just above the sternum

How to Measure Neck Size

If possible, take the time to measure your neck before purchasing any necklace and most importantly a choker. The easiest way to measure your neck is to gently take a soft measuring tape and wrap it closely around your neck. Whatever your neck measurement is, add two inches to that and that’s a comfortable length for chokers which are usually sized at 16 inch-es; add four inches to that and that’s a great length for a pendant or name necklace which is usually attached on an 18-inch chain.

Height is another factor to consider when choosing the perfect necklace chain to flattery our body type. A person below 5’4” look best in 16 to 20 inch necklace lengths. A long necklace tends to overwhelm a smaller frame. A person who falls between the height of 5’4” to5’7” can wear necklaces of any length. A person who is 5’7” or above can wear any length necklace. Longer chain style necklaces look best on taller people as they accentuate a tall frame.