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The ultimate list of 23 most popular chains and guide to choose jewelry clasps

The ultimate list of 23 most popular chains and guide to choose jewelry clasps

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. It just takes several minutes but will provide you multiple choices.

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🔹 Chain type for necklace

There are many kinds of necklace chains out there. To help you choose a suitable chain for your custom jewelry easily, we will list the most types of chains here. Please take a look.

1) Cable chain

It's one of the most common types of 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 O 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

The 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. It's common in men's jewelry. 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.

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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 brass 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) Miami (Cuban​) chain

Miami 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) Skein chain

Skein chain is more complicated than all chains above. It is a typical representative of the woven chain and is interlocked like twisted skein. This one is probably the easiest to match clothes.

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15) Bamboo bead chain

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16) Wave link chain

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17) Spiga (Wheat) chain

For Spiga (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.

Spiga (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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18) Boston link chain

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19) Button chain

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20) Chevron (Franco) chain

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21) Byzantine chain

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22) Rhomboid chain

23) Other chain

🔹 Necklace chain length & width guideline

Besides chain type, another question you may concern is how to pick the right chain size for a woman's or man's necklace. Here is a chain size guide for your review.

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🔹 Clasp

Clasp is also a very important part of the jewelry. It's small but indispensable. There are many types of clasps. Appended below are some common types for most of the jewels.

① Spring ring clasp

This kind of spring ring clasp is very common. There are many styles available. It controls the opening and closing of the clasp by using a spring-loaded mechanism. It is very convenient to wear.

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② Lobster clasp

It looks like a lobster. That's how it gets its name and widely used. There are many shapes and types for your options. They are made of various metals. This kind of clasp is generally used in bracelets or necklaces. It is convenient to adjust the size. In fashion jewelry, it is widely used by designers.

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③ Magnetic clasp

Magnetic clasp is held together by magnetic force, easy to separate and fasten the jewelry quickly. It comes in different design and color. Suitable for lighter jewelry.

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④ Turn clasp

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W’ & ‘S’ Clasp

‘W’ & ‘S’ clasp is often used on gold jewelry and platinum jewelry. Gold and platinum are both relatively ductile metals, which are matched with such kind of clasp perfectly. To prevent the necklace from falling off, one side of ‘W’ & ‘S’ clasp is welded on the necklace, and the other side is used to open and close.

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Fashion clasp

Fashion clasp is generally made according to the overall design of the jewelry, it comes in different design, color, size and material, from simple and classic to modern and fashion, in alloy, stainless steel, sterling silver....

In addition to all types mentioned above, there are still lots of chain & clasp types on the market. Considering the words limit, so much for today. Anyway, we will sort out new items and add them to this article in the future.

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