Guide to the types of chain for jewellery making

Curb chain, figaro chain, trace chain… Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the number of different types of chain links?

Don't panic! We will help you decipher all that and tell you all you need to know about chain links.

Selecting the right chain link can be a tricky decision to make when you are looking for a necklace, a sautoir, a bracelet or an ankle chain. Indeed the type of link is a very important step when you are creating jewellery, it needs to suit the client's taste and the type of jewel you are making.

Différentes Chaînes avec mailles sur buste Tous les types de mailles de chaines utilisés en bijouterie

Two classics chains:

  • Trace chain: One of the classics in jewellery! The name in French for the links was inspired by the convoys of prisoners who were attached to each other by chains (forçat). In English the name is fairly generic for many chains and its origin is unclear. The angles of these links can be squared or rounded. This chain comes in open (elongated), flat or diamond-cut trace chain.
maille forçat
  • Belcher chain: Characterized by the alternation between round links and oval links, it is an easy and pleasant chain to wear. 

More masculine models:

  • Curb chain: One of the better known chain types. The chain is made of fine, slightly flattened rings. Links may also be filed which increases the overall facetting on the chain.
maille gourmette
  • Open curb chain: The open curb chain with its longer oval links is a stylish alternative to the classic curb.
maille cheval
  • Figaro chain: Made from similar open curb links, figaro chains differ due to the alternating short and long links. Figaro chain comes in different variations, simple -one short,one long, double -two short, one long and triple -three short, one long link.
maille figaro
  • Coffee bean chain: The chain is made up of coffee bean links connected with distinct oval links. Coffee bean chains and bracelet were made popular in France through the French rap scence
maille grain de café

Keeping links with fashion:

  • Anchor chain: Anchor chain is takes its name from its inspiration, the chains used for ship's anchors. The links are oval with a bar accross their middle but they can also be round or flat.
maille marine
  • Snake chain: The chain reminds us of the scales on a snake's back - giving the name to the chain. This chain can also come in flat or round finishes. 
maille serpent
  • Ball chain: ball chain, as it's name suggests is a made up of a succession of balls linked together with sectionss of wire. Please note that this type of chain requires special ends in order to attach clasps etc.
maille boule
  • Rombo chain: Slender, elegant round links come together to create a lightweight, fluid chain.
maille rombo
  • Singapore chain: Made up of small intertwined links, this chain twists elegantly along its length. An original, fashionable choice.
maille singapour
  •  Paloma chain: The structure of this chain is very modern looking, its ideal for creating fine, feminine pieces. 
maille paloma

Assortiment de mailles dorées

Fancy chains: 

maille coeur
Heart chain

maille corde creuse
Hollow rope chain
maille fantaisie double losange
Double rombo chain
maille forçat boule
Trace chain with balls
maille forçat soleil
Sunray trace chain
maille marine six faces
Six-sided anchor chain
maille palmier
Wheatsheaf chain
maille spiga
Spiga chain
maille vénitienne
Box chain

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Chains are available in different metals, lengths and wire diameters. We regularly update our selection.

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