Looking for a Strong Chain?
A necklace that will last and not break, bend, kink, or tangle?
Well THESE are THOSE chains.
And what type of chains are they?
Link chains by far are the best type of chain to wear ever. This is because they do not have a bending point; you can fold them in half, twist them up, knot them, and they won’t harm the chain in the least.
Not only do they look great, but they are very secure for holding pendants and charms (Especially expensive diamond pendants).
What types of link chains am I talking about?
Now, let’s take a closer Look at them…
1) Wheat Chains
Wheat chains are my all time favorite chain (also called spiga or espiga chains). They are beautiful, elegant, smooth, and perfect as a stand alone chain, or one that holds a pendant (They come to a nice V on the neck as well).
Wheat chains are intricate, symmetrical, and resembles a rope chain.
With intertwining oval interlocking links, these chains are the ultimate pendant chain because they look great, feel great, and won’t kink up.
2) Figaro Chains
Figaro chains (also known as 3-1 links) have been around forever because they look good and LAST!
They are flattened links that come in different sizes, small links and longer links. Usually these are grouped in patterns of 3 small links, and one elongated link, but sometimes you can find them with 4 or 5 small links in between.
The repeated patterns are attractive and make a very popular choice for either a man or a woman.
3) Cable Link Chains
Cable link chains (also called rolo links) are simple and cool.
You can get them in any width or thickness, and they are about as ideal as you can get (Except for those fine, dainty, frail versions which I don’t recommend).
With round or oval links, alternate horizontal and vertical, this common chain is nice, uniform and durable.
Cable links are so basic, that they’re often referred to as just “link chains“.
4) Mariner Link Chains
Mariner link chains (also known as gucci and anchor links) are beautiful chains, and the center bar keeps them from tangling or twisting.
They are extremely durable, slick, sharp, and perfect for pendants or charms.
5) Curb Link Chains
The links are usually flattened with oval, round, or square links, and many of these designs have beveled edges which catch the light and bling.
They give a very distinct, very chiseled appearance which is perfect for a long lasting chain.
Rope chains have a great appeal because they are rounded (like the wheat chains), and makes a pendant slide easily along their length and NOT get caught!
Many ropes are diamond cut as well, which adds much sparkle and shine to the chain.
Box chains are sleek and simple. They look great and work great (as long as you don’t buy them too skinny – Usually a medium thickness of at least 1 – 1.5mm works best).
Box chains show off a pendant extremely well, and are pretty durable (They do have a tendency overtime to stretch and pull though).
Words of Advice
A couple of other things you should keep in mind:
- The thicker the chain, the more durable it will be
- Don’t buy hollow or semi-hollow chains!!!!
- Make sure the chain looks balanced with your pendant, and that the bail is big enough to slide over the clasp
- If the links are independently soldered, they will never open or pull apart
- The BEST type of necklace clasp to buy is the lobster clasp (NOT the spring ring)!
So There You Go!
These are the chains I love to sell and recommend, because they look good, last long, and you will almost never have problems with them.
Being sturdy, smooth, strong, and kink-free, I’m sure you’ll love them as well!
Get them all HERE:
- Wheat Chains
- Figaro Chains
- Cable Link Chains
- Mariner Link Chains
- Curb Link Chains
- Rope Chains
- Box Chains
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