When you are making necklaces or bracelets, there are several different types of chains to choose from. In addition to different finishes, there are also varying styles. From hand-wrapped chain, dangling chain and bezeled chain featuring various gemstones to plain metal link chain, the options are virtually limitless.

At Beads of Cambay, we stock a wide range of chains to meet the needs of our customers. To help you better understand the options, we’ve put together this guide to some of the different types of jewelry chains we sell. Keep in mind, however, that these are just a few of the many types of jewelry chains that are available.

Bezeled, Dangling and Hand-Wrapped Chains

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Bezeled, dangling and hand-wrapped chains feature gemstones in a variety of colors and sizes. A bezeled chain consists of a strand of bezels that have been linked together. Each bezel contains a gemstone. A hand-wrapped chain is made using the time-tested process that has been used for centuries to create rosary chains. Beads are linked with wire-wrapped loops to create the chain. A dangling chain is made using a similar process; however, the beads hang from the chain that has been hand-wrapped with wire.

Metal Chains

Metal chains are the most commonly used option for making bracelets and necklaces. They are also sometimes used to craft other jewelry pieces, such as earrings or ankle bracelets. Metal chains can be black, silver, gold or rose gold in color and may be plated or made from solid gold or silver.

The most common type of metal chain is known as cable chain. Also known as link chain, it is created by interlocking round or oval links in a uniform pattern. The entire chain has a consistent appearance, which creates a simple, classic look that is appropriate for virtually all types of jewelry.

Oval link chains are another staple for most jewelry makers. It consists of oval-shaped loops that have been linked together and is versatile enough to use in a wide range of projects. Round link is popular, too. It is very similar to the oval link chain, except each link is perfectly round.

If you are looking for a chain with a bit more pizzazz, consider a Figaro link chain. It is made using links of two different sizes that have been flattened and twisted. While there are some variations in style, it usually consists of alternating small and large links. Originally made in Italy, it is named after The Marriage of Figaro, a popular Italian opera.

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Metal rolo chains work well for many projects, too. They consist of alternating round or oval links that are generally shorter in length and thicker than the links used in cable chains. Each link is flat on the inside, which creates a sturdy appearance. This type of chain is often used to make charm bracelets.

Choosing the Right Type of Jewelry Chain for Your Project

With so many different types of chains available, knowing which one to use for your project isn’t always easy. If you are working on a necklace or a bracelet, the most important thing to consider is the length. Chains can be purchased by the foot or on a spool, which enables you to customize the length.

For simple pieces, cable, oval link and round link chains work well. If you want a piece that really sparkles, using a hand-wrapped, dangling or bezeled chain with glittering gemstones is a great way to make a big impact. If you prefer using metal chains, Figaro and rolo chains work well when you are looking to add some visual appeal without adding a lot of extra bulk.

Keep in mind that chains can be made with links of various sizes. Choose smaller links for delicate pieces or larger ones for bold pieces and jewelry that you are creating for men.

Buying Jewelry Chains from Beads of Cambay

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At Beads of Cambay, we have the chain you need for your next jewelry-making project. We carry a wide range of styles and sizes in black, gold, silver and rose gold. Some pieces are also available in copper. All of our metal chains are plated using high-quality materials, and we stand behind our products. Please feel free to browse our vast selection of chains for jewelry-making today and reach out to us if you have any questions.