The different types of necklace chains links in jewelry

Faced with all the existing chain maille weaves for making chains, used both for bracelets, necklaces and anklets, it's normal that you feel disoriented when you search for an internet purchase.

To find your way around, we offer you this guide which includes most of the chain maille weaves used for bracelets, chains and necklaces.

You can also discover our collection of chains here (fr).

 

big silver chain for men

Example of a chain with large links made to measure, the details of its manufacture is visible here (fr)

 

In the menu that follows, you can click on the model that interests you to go to the related chapter, or see our summary poster at the end of the article.

1 English chain  11 Spiral chain
2 Forçat chain 12 American chain
3 Anchor chain 13 Mirror chain
4 Jaseron chain 14 Rope chain
5 Venetian chain 15 Bean chain
6 Snake chain 16 Gourmette chain
7 Palm chain 17 Polish chain
8 Horse chain 18 Rice grain chain
9 Coffee bean chain 19 Royal or Peruvian or Byzantine chain
10 Figaro chain 20 Industrial production of gold chains (video)

 

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1 English chain

This jewelry chain is directly inspired by the rendering of the English chain maille used in knitting.

English mesh

 

2 Forçat chain

The forçat chain is a classic style of chains, the angles of its links can be round or square.

 

Forçat mesh

 

3 Anchor Chain

As the name suggests, this type of link is inspired by the design of boat anchor chains. It can vary in being round or flattened. This chain is also known as Marine chain.

Marine mesh

 

4 Jaseron chain

This type of chain consists of an alternation of round links and smaller oval links.

Jaseron mesh

Here is an example of a gold jaseron chain.

Jaseron mesh gold

Example of a jaseron chain from our chain collection (fr)

5 Venetian chain

Venetian chain maille weave is generally used for fine chains. It's an alternation of cubic links, small and imbricate in other larger ones. They are in the form of straight chains. When in gold, the Venetian chains can be 0.5 mm in diameter, like the ones you can see here (fr).

Venetian mesh

Example of a Venetian chain bracelet manufactured by a machine :

Venetian mesh bracelet

Here is another example of Venetian chain with a hand-made bracelet and not a machine, the link is 10 x 6 millimeters with a lobster clasp.

Venetian mesh bracelet

Venetian chain bracelet from our collection

6 Snake chain

The snake chain strongly reminds the rings of a snake, which explains its name. A snake chain can be either flat or round. This chain is also known as Brazilian chain.

snake mesh

snake mesh

 

7 Palm chain

A palm chain is obtained by braiding in 3D of several gold or silver threads. This type of gold chain is very expensive since it requires a large amount of metal for its manufacture.

During its manufacture, each link passes through the penultimate link, giving it this particular design.

Below, we can observe the detail of a palm chain, seen from a bracelet of our collection visible here (fr).

Palm mesh

 

8 Horse chain

Horse chains have simple, elongated and flat links. They have a design similar to Figaro chain.

Horse mesh

They can also be alternating, presenting a long link alternated with a long link.

Horse mesh

See the handcrafted manufacture of a 18-karat gold horse chain (fr)

9 Coffee bean chain 

Each link represents a coffee bean. These links are usually quite large. Thus, from a certain size, they are hollow, in order to lighten the jewel and also the budget. This concerns both gold and silver.

 

coffee bean mesh

Here is the example of a coffee bean chain bracelet which you can discover the manufacture steps via this article here (fr).

Coffee bean mesh

Coffee beans chain bracelet from our chain collection (fr)

10 Figaro chain

Figaro chain is very similar to horse chain with an alternation of 3 small links between each large link.

Figaro mesh

 

11 Spiral chain

A chain of twisted links can be both flat and round. Links are then of different manufacture. The flat link is made by interlocking very thin strips of metal; while the round chain is the result of the nesting of rings in each other, at an angle giving the effect of rotation of the chain. When the twisted link is round, it is called rope chain (see below).

 

Twist mesh

 

12 American chain

American mesh  

 

13 Mirror chain

Also called flat chain.

Mirror chain necklaces are flat and wide chains with very fine and polished links to give a mirror rendering to the silver or the gold constituting the jewel.

 

Mirror mesh

Example of flat chain necklace from our collection (fr) :

Mirror mesh necklace

 

14 Rope chain 

The Rope chain gives a 3D effect similar to a twisted link chain but it's made differently. In this picture we can see the small rings constituting the chain.

 

Rope mesh

 

15 Bean chain

The shape of the links is at the origin of his name. It's a fairly thick flat chain, relatively heavy, and therefore expensive when it's gold.

Bean mesh

 

16 Gourmette chain

The gourmette chain is made of simple rings slightly flattened. It is also known as curb chain. This type of airy link allows the making of gold chains wide enough for a weight and therefore a reasonable price. That's why it's a common model.

Curb chain mesh

A variant of this type of chain is the double or triple chain, as we see this bracelet consists of 3 rows of curb chain.

Bracelet curb mesh

The manufacture details of this bracelet is visible here (fr)

17 Polish chain

Polish chain is the result of winding a thread around an axis. This thread is oriented right then left to give this regular alternation that we observe on the next picture. This winding around an axis is the reason why the chains with Polish link are rather thick and therefore heavy. Therefore, if they are made of gold, they are quite expensive.

Polish mesh

Another variant of the Polish chain is the Milanese chain, with the winding threads all oriented in the same direction, photo of a Milanese chain bracelet from our collection visible here (fr). 

This type of bracelet is much more common than Polish chain bracelets.

Bracelet gold men

You can discover the realization of a Milanese gold chain watch bracelet in our workshop via this article (fr).

18 Rice grain chain

Small grains of gold are connected to each other by an invisible axis. There are many variants of this chain varying the size of the grains and their number in a row.

Rice grain mesh

Here is an example of realization of a rice grain chain bracelet in our jewelry workshop :

Rice grain mesh bracelet

Discover our chains collection here (fr).

19 Royal or Peruvian or Byzantine chain

This type of chain consists of two-by-two nested rings. The complexity of the final pattern contrasts with the simplicity of the rings used to make it. We invite you to watch this video (fr) showing how these types of chains are made manually.

Royal mesh

Here is an example of a necklace that we had the opportunity to realize (see the article here (fr)) :

Royal mesh necklace

 

20 Manufacture of chains by machines

Finally, we invite you to discover this video that shows how are manufactured industrially gold chains trade. If all the machines are satisfied to reproduce what the silversmiths have done manually for centuries, they allow however to reduce the costs of the gold chains of the trade. The video (fr) shows how are the Venetian chains, Figaro, etc ...

 

 

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Creation of a gold heart pendant

Although the heart-shaped pendant is a classic jewelery gift for women, there are endless ways to personalize such a jewel.

Indeed, if you want to get away from the classic 18-karat gold heart pendant personalized by the engraving of a simple name, you can totally embark on the creation of an original heart design that will please your spouse.

This is the case of this project that we could make in our jewelry workshop.

Gold heart pendant

October 11, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Crimping in jewelry

Historically, precious stones are set on jewelry by crimping.

This technique revolutionized the goldsmithery previously limited to the work of precious metals to create jewelry : the art of highlighting the jewels on precious metal frames in gold or silver.

Crimping the ring Crimping the ring
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American university ring in gold

Americans have the custom of celebrating their university degree by offering a gold signet ring with the symbols and emblem of their school.

This tradition is not widespread in France, the rings of this design corresponding more to a need for personalized ring according to the tastes of the recipient.

Creating such a signet ring meets some basic rules that can be followed if you wish to create your own signet ring.

American university gold ring

This university signet ring represents the coat of arms of the school (source)

October 09, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Gold and silver signet rings

Whether you are a man or a woman with a personalized signet ring project, it will be useful to discover original models that can inspire you and move your project forward.

If you know your finger size and know which finger to wear your signet ring, all you have to do is choose your design and the signet ring you like the most.

Choosing your signet ring design is sometimes the most difficult step.

Silver signet ring initials signet ring Lion signet ring

Examples of custom made signet rings

October 09, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Pyramid ring for men

Egypt has had a millennia-old culture prior to European civilizations and has been a great source of inspiration in terms of myths and symbols.

Like many Egyptian symbols used for jewelry making, I think of the cross of life in particular, the Egyptian pyramid serves as inspiration for this project of men's ring.

The massive ring body is 925 silver while the pyramid is 18-karat yellow gold.

Pyramid ring

October 09, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Signet rings for men

The signet ring is the perfect gift for a man.

Apart from the bracelet, the signet ring is indeed the only jewel that can be worn elegantly without being too visible either, especially in a strict working environment.

Yellow gold signet ring

Catholic gold signet ring 

Yellow gold signet ring

Portugal gold signet ring 

October 07, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Signet rings with onyx stones

Onyx stone is a fine stone that is neither rare nor precious, yet onyx is the most popular stone for making signet rings for men (fr).

Much more than signet rings with amethyst stone or turquoise.

As you certainly know, signet rings are the type of men's favorite ring.

gold signet ring with onyx

October 06, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Sigillary ring : armorial signet ring for seals

By definition, a sigillary ring is a ring with a large tray (also called kitten) on which is engraved a pattern, usually a coat of arms, which can be used as a seal to seal documents with wax.

Gold templar ring Templar seal wax
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Price of a custom signet ring

Men prefer signet rings to rings.

Wearing little jewelry, they are usually oriented towards making unique signet rings personalized according to their tastes.

Of course, the price of these signet rings suffers and has nothing to do with the price of simple rings manufactured in series that are found in jewelry dealers.

Gold signet ring with black diamond

 

October 03, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Custom name ring

At the birth of a child or for the birthday of his wife, the ring name is a very good choice of gift.

This kind of customizable ring is engraved with the names of the children of the family, arranged around the ring and framed by two fine rings for a good reading.

In this case, the name ring in question includes the three first names of a sibling, each name being separated by a small heart with a diamond set closed in the center.

Gold name ring

September 30, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Scorpion gold ring

Scorpion is a symbolic animal, having its own constellation and its place in Greek mythology.

Symbol of desire and passion, it is an excellent subject for the making of zodiac-inspired jewels.

Scorpio signet ring

September 29, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Brushed white gold wedding ring

When for marriage is sought an original wedding ring, it's usually a puzzle.

Like making an original design of a concept as simple as the wedding ring, which is mostly a simple gold ring.

This is where the work of the material becomes important, the gold finish can give a totally different look to gold while retaining a classic gold wedding ring (fr) design.

Brushed white gold wedding ring

September 26, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Big diamond ring

Whether for an engagement or to celebrate a wedding anniversary, a diamond ring is the most sought-after jewel for this type of occasion.

Big diamond ring

September 24, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Wedding rings duo

For a couple considering their wedding, the choice of a pair of matching wedding rings is an important moment.

It will be necessary to agree on the design and the dimensions of the alliances which will be worn by the man and the woman, during a whole life.

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Manufacture of African gold ring V-shaped

For the last 5 years, African jewelry is in fashion.

Driven by the appeal of ethnic art, new creations are emerging from patterns and colors of the black continent.

In this case, it is not a novelty since this design of African V-shaped ring is already well known, it is a classic.

By cons we will show you how is made this ring by hand.

African V-shaped ring

September 23, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Wedding ring engraving

The exchange of wedding rings between the spouses remains the highlight of a marriage.

However, the engraving of these is what will remain definitively on the rings that will accompany you all your life.

So, as much choose an engraving that suits you.

Gold opal ring

September 23, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Creation of a gold claddagh ring

Although the claddagh ring is of Irish origin, it is known throughout the world.

It is offered either to make engagement requests or to be worn as a wedding ring.

This symbol of love or friendship has surpassed the Irish community alone because of the symbolism it represents.

gold claddagh ring

September 23, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Creation of a gold ring from a coin

The manufacture of a ring with a coin is a classic of jewelry.

Over time and whichever the countries, there are relics or old rings with coins of time gold or silver mounted ring.

Portugal ring

September 23, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Gold ring of Portugal

For lovers of Portugal or descendants of Portuguese migrants, wearing a jewel stamped with the image of the country of origin of their family represents a strong emotional symbol.

It is possible to wear the image of Portugal as a pendant, the map of Portugal is well suited, or in the form of a ring engraved with the symbol of this country, as we will see here.

Portugal gold ring

September 23, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Skull jewelry

Skull jewelry is on the rise.

This morbid symbol is slowly passed in the nineteenth century taboo in fashion clothing, being tattooed on the skin and is now declined in all forms jewelry.

Skull ring

September 20, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Abalone mother-of-pearl jewelry

Mother-of-pearl is very popular in jewelry making. Mother-of-pearl shell jewelry mounted in a necklace or bracelet has been used for thousands of years by man.

Mother-of-pearl is the result of the secretion made by molluscs that covers the inner part of their shell. This secretion accumulates over time to form thick mother-of-pearl that is used in jewelry among other things.

choker necklace black pearl 18k gold earrings with pearls diy necklace with pearls

 

September 19, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Milanese chain bracelet in gold

This article details the manufacture of a Milanese gold chain bracelet.

Custom made to be mounted on the watch of our client (fr), we detail here the manufacture process of the Milanese chain.

This is a flexible bracelet with articulated links made in 14-karat white gold.

gold Milanese chain bracelet

September 19, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Gold name bracelet

When it comes to making an original gift, on the occasion of a birth, a birthday or a particular family event such as the wedding, jewelry customization is an idea that hits all shots.

This is the case of the customization of an 18-karat gold bracelet with the first names of a couple's children, as we will see in this article.

gold name bracelet

September 19, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Big 14-karat gold ring

Men usually wear fewer rings, but tend to choose big pure gold rings or signet rings (fr).

We present in this article the creation of a large rectangular ring topped with silver initials.

Big gold ring

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