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Types of Chain Links

Bead or Ball
Bead or Ball

These chains can be used as pull chains for lights and ceiling fans, as retention chain for items such as pens, filler and dust caps, tags, NAS parts, and assemblies. It is also used as larger and stronger key chains, necklaces, identification chains, law enforcement badge holders, and more.

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Belcher or Rolo
Belcher or Rolo

Belcher: This is similar to the trace, a belcher chain link is wider than its thickness. Generally the links are round, but the shape of the link can vary. Curb: A curb chain is when the links interlock with each other when laid flat. Some more open-link curb chains can only be distinguished from a trace by this method.

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Box
Box

Also known as square link chain, briolette or Venetian chain. It is made from a round wire that is flattened and formed into a square or box-like shape, which are then interlinked. It is an exceptionally strong chain due to the fact that each square link is sturdy. This type of chain is a usual favorite especially with pendant necklaces.

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Curb
Curb

What is Curb Chain? Curb chain resembles cable chain that has been twisted and flattened, so that all the links lie flat. Curb chain’s flattened loops are typically oval and all the same size. In some chains, the links in the chain may be made round, and then fed through a rolling mill for greater flatness. So you may see chain that has totally round wire, or it may have flattened spots.

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Figaro
Figaro

Figaro chain may look very similar to curb or cable chain. That’s because it’s made in the same way, simply with an elongated link inserted in a pattern, every 2-4 regular links or so. A popular pattern is 3 round, 1 long.

Gucci
Gucci

new 14k gold plated gucci link marina necklace chain. (4 to 12mm) w/ (8"/9"/20"/24"/30") SB002G. 14k Gold Deep Plated. Chain Length Size: 8"/ 9"/ 18"/ 20"/ 24"/ 30" / 36".

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Rope
Rope

Other good link choices include the Figaro chain, the mariner chain, the anchor chain, the curb chain, and the rope chain. Inspect the Clasp Make sure your gold chain has a clasp that closes well and is not easy to break.

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Snake
Snake

Sometimes jewelers and jewelry stores use "snake chain" and "omega chain" for the same jewelry chain. When first researching snake and omega chain, the difference seemed to be that snake chain is round, and omega chain is flat. However, the actual difference seems to be in the structure.

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