Understanding Your Necklace
Learn about different types of necklaces and chains.
Popular Necklace Styles
Strand – Generally, a strand consists of uniform gemstones or beads strung together. Stones or beads can also vary in size and color to create different patterns.
Pendant – A single charm, gemstone, or other design that is the focal point of a pendant necklace. Pendants can be quite simple, perhaps a single solitaire gemstone, or elaborate, such as a silver
or gold design featuring gems or pearls.
Choker – A distinct high and tight necklace that lays
across the throat. They can vary in width and
specific style. Some may be wide with a cascade of gemstones. Others may be a delicate
chain with a charm or two.
Chain Types - A chain is at the foundation of most types of necklaces. There are a wide variety of chains, these are the most popular and the most likely to be worn as is, unadorned.
Anchor – Also called Mariner, this chain alternates a single round link with a larger oval link, giving it a distinct appearance.
Bead – Boasts small round beaded fixed along a slender chain with slight distance between them.
Box – Square-shaped links give this chain its boxy appearance.
Byzantine – This chain features complex patterns that twist together.
Cable chains – The most commonly used chain style, cable chains feature simple conjoined oval links.
Curb/Cuban chains – Flat interlocking links. May be diamond-cut to add texture. Can range from skinny to wide.
Figaro chains – Features two or three short links alternating with one longer one, forming a pattern. Considered a masculine design.
Popcorn – Intricately woven, this link chain the illusion of beads clustered together.
Rolo – Features interlocking oval-shaped links that are turned 180 degrees from each other.
Rope chains – Links that are twisted together resembling a rope.
Singapore chains – Curved links that have a flat appearance. May also be called the Twisting Curb chain.
Snake chains – Created with closely fit rings
that give the appearance and
texture of a snakeskin. Very flexible.
Wheat chains – Feature four strands of twisting oval links woven together.
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