Chain, Chain, Chain...
Jewelry can enhance any outfit. It is the finishing touch to what might otherwise be an "okay" outfit. When it comes to jewelry, every detail matters! The look of a diamond band will change between graduated diamonds and diamonds that are the same size. Or setting a pair of diamonds in a four-prong stud setting versus a martini setting. The same applies for chains, many of which can be used with pendants. There are a lot of different styles you can choose from. It can become a bit overwhelming when you are presented with so many options in the showroom. As you know, we love to take care of our H&A customers, so we came up with this ultimate chain guide to help familiarize you with different options before you go shopping!
The anchor chain style is very popular due to its strength, durability, and versatility. The chain looks beautiful with small links, but larger links make for a stunning statement piece as well.
An anchor chain is similar to a curb chain, but each link is reinforced with a vertical bar running through it.
Byzantine chains contain several links that are woven together, and the links are arranged at different angles for texture and style.
These chains come in both rounded and flat forms.
Beaded chains are made up of round and slender tubular links, and are usually small enough to fit through a pendant bail.
The links in a box chain are formed to look like boxes woven together to form a necklace. The final look is of several tiny boxes strung together.
Box chains look lovely on their own, or with a pendant.
Cable chains are the most popular of the chain styles. They come in different link sizes, can be round or oval, with identical links throughout.
Cable chains are the standard chain that many shops sell with their pendants, and their simplicity ensures your pendant is the star of the show.
Curb chains are very similar in style to cable chains but the links are slightly twisted to produce a varied look. Curb chains are designed to lie flat when worn and come in a variety of sizes.
Due to their simplicity, smaller curb chains are also an excellent partner for any pendant and make sure that whatever the size, your pendant is what stands out.
The curb chain is also a popular style worn by men. Typically, the chain will be much thicker and heavier as it will be worn alone.
The Figaro chain has its roots firmly from Italy, though it has now become an international star. Figaro chains are similar to curb chains, in that the links are also twisted to lay flat.
The links in a Figaro chain vary in width and a pattern of up to 5 links will repeat to form a beautiful necklace.
Figaro chains are a graceful design so work well when worn on their own. A thin Figaro chain will beautifully accentuate the elegance of any pendant and work very well when you're dressing up for a special event.
A Figaro chain is also make a great gift for the men in our lives.
French rope necklaces are made of flattened links that twist together to form a spiraling chain.
A larger-linked necklace looks beautiful at rope or lariat length. To add pendants to this style of chain, use a shorter length and larger sized pendants, as a French rope chain is eye-catching in its own right.