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