Aug 102012
 
White Gold Rope Chain

If you were recently gifted a beautiful pendant (by yourself or someone else), your next thought is likely to be, “What type of chain do I want?”

There are a few things to think about when it comes to chains, both necklaces and bracelets. If you’re hanging a pendant from the chain you want make sure the chain is durable enough to hold the weight of it over time. How thick or thin should it be? How flexible is it? How easy is it to care for or fix? And of course, what style looks best with your pendant?

You may think any lightweight chain will be less durable – this is true to a certain extent. Some heavier chains will hold up after literally being yanked on, but both lightweight and heavy chains can be durable and non-durable. Some tend to kink, while others can be put through the ringer.

Here’s a list of the most popular styles of chains and how they tend to hold up through everyday wear.

Thin and Light Durable Chains

 

Wheat

Gold Wheat Chain

The wheat chain is basically the most durable, yet lightweight chain you can buy. They are durable at almost any thickness, and they rarely kink.

 

 

Box
Gold Box Chain

A box chain is the second most durable and lightweight chain. They give off a reflective shine and will bring out the gold in any pendant. Note that thinner box chains can look very sleek and petite but thicker ones tend to have a chunky/bulkier look.

 

Rope
Gold Rope Chain

Rope chains come in various widths – thicker ones are a popular choice for men. However, thin rope chains can look petite while maintaining the strength to hold heavier pendants.


 

Thick and Heavy Durable Chains

 

Figarro
Gold Figarro Chain

The Figarro chain has long been a popular choice, especially among men. You can find this classic style in everything from gold to stainless steel. You can’t get much stronger than a Figarro.

 

 

Curb
Gold Curb Chain

The Curb chain is another classic and durable choice for necklaces and bracelets. Just as strong as the Figarro.

 

 

 

Weak Chains

There are also chains known for being weak, or kinking up easily. Among these are the Herringbone, Omega, and Snake chains. The Herringbone is most notorious for kinking. It’s important not to bend these chains, as they aren’t very flexible. Once these kink or bend significantly, they can’t be fixed. Wear these chains for good and store them carefully.

Gold Herringbone ChainGold Omega Chain

White Gold Snake Chain

 

  8 Responses to “Best Types of Gold Chains”

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  2. is a figero the best style chain for men

    • It really comes down to personal preference. Rope, Figaro and Curb are all very strong. Some people like rope chains because they never look twisted. A thick Figaro or Curb will take most any abuse well.

  3. The above blog comprising the best chains is very effective and the attached pictures are very authentic and rare ones as well, The people should once go through the same to acquire a good knowledge of the various jewel pieces specially the chains.

  4. I disagree regarding snake chains, respectively, of course, as your blog is so very nice. When using a snake chain for a heavy pendant, there are a few pros:

    1. Snake chains come in different widths, and the 1.5mm or 1.4mm 10k gold chain is extremely strong. It can hold a heavy pendant if treated well.

    2. Because snake chains are round, they do not wear through the finding. Some of the most wonderful pendants I’ve received from inheritances from older women in our families have been worn to death, and the ones worn on snake or wheat chains have grooves worn into them from the constant rubbing. A snake chain never does this to the connector finding on a pendant.

    3. If the snake chain is from a reputable jeweler, the soldering between the clasp and the chain will not be so sudden; rather it will be graduated and leaves for some flexibility.

  5. Oops — I mean the pendants worn on rope or wheat chains, not snake. Pardon my lack of proof-reading.

  6. I see friends and others wearing 2 gold chains and they never seems to tangle. They always look nice and separate. What chains are the best that do not tangle when you where them. Every time I put on two chain within an hour it looks like one because the tangel. Ive tried different length together

  7. Which type of chain has the most sparkle?

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