From delicate silver chains to heavy gold necklaces; chains are men’s jewellery must-haves. But the standard curb chain may not be right for everyone. We're delving into the varied world of necklace chains, and by the end of this guide, you'll know the difference between a Figaro and a rope chain by heart, and have a better idea of which style suits you best.
Also known as an anchor chain, it’s made up of a series of identical oval links interlocked in a uniform pattern. Ideal for pendants, the cable chain is like a white shirt – everyone needs one of these in their arsenal.
With its interlocking, identical, flat, and twisted links that lie flat against your skin, the curb chain is synonymous with masculine charm. It's the leather jacket of chains – edgy and always rebellious.
This Italian beauty is a variation of the curb chain, with a rhythmic pattern of alternating small and large links. It's the opera singer of chains – melodious and captivating.
Made up of a series of metal balls, this is the quirky cousin in the family. The ball chain is the polka dot tie of chain necklaces – fun, playful, and distinctive.
The trace chain is a thinner version of the cable chain – a delicate string of uniform links, perfect for those who prefer subtlety. It's the quiet, minimalist detail – understated and elegant.
The herringbone chain, with its flat, parallel links, mimics the skeleton of a herringfish. It's known for its sleek, smooth texture and elegant appearance. Fairly rigid, herringbone chains rarely twist or tangle.
As the name suggests, the rope chain looks like a classic hemp rope. In its shiny metallic form, though, it’s the epitome of strength and sophistication. The rope chain is a tailored suit – always sleek and stunning.
Comprising square links connected to form a continuous smooth chain, the box chain is the modern, geometric piece in your chain collection. It's the sleek, black-rimmed sunglasses of your wardrobe – smart and trendy.
With tightly linked wavy plates, the snake chain looks like a snake's body – smooth, flexible, and feels comfortable against your skin. From afar, it looks like one uniform shape. The snake chain is like a silk pocket square – luxurious and exotic.
A chain that's too tight might make you feel like you're in a wrestling match with a boa constrictor, while one too long might have you feeling like you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. For a detailed guide on choosing the right necklace, check out our "Necklace size & length guide".
From the classic cable to the exotic snake, there are numerous types of necklace chains, each with its distinct charm and character.
A snake chain looks like a slithering snake, with its smooth, wavy, and flexible body. It's as mesmerising as its namesake, but it won’t bite.
The Belcher chain is a robust and bold chain, named after the 18th-century boxing champion, Jem Belcher. It’s like a series of interlinked classic wedding rings.
The rope chain, with its twisted pattern, is often considered the strongest necklace chain type. It's got the looks and the muscle.
A necklace typically includes a chain with a pendant while a chain is just the linked metal without any other elements attached.
There you have it – a comprehensive guide to the world of necklace chains. Whether you're a minimalist or a maximalist, there's a chain out there that's just right for you. Pick the right one to tell your story.
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