Professional Jeweler Archive: Four Classic Chain Styles

January 2001

For Your Staff/Selling Styles

Four Classic Chain Styles

This is 12th in a series of articles Professional Jeweler is presenting on different styles of jewelry. Learning about different styles, where they come from and selling points can make your job more interesting and profitable

Cable Wire

Cable wire is created by twisting several precious metal wires around a central core. Usually composed of three strands or more, it has great tensile strength.

14k gold cable wire is from Leslie’s, Greenwich, CT; (800) 221-2628 or
(203) 869-7071, fax (800) 962-4246 or (203) 869-8696.


Omega chain is created in two steps. A mesh substructure is created in continuous footage. Then the substructure is fed into a machine that covers it with stamped gold sheet. The gold sheet is snapped in place section by section until the continuous footage is used up. Then the footage is cut into standard lengths; locks are added before final polishing.

14k gold 8mm domed omega is from Royal Chain Inc., New York City; (800) 622-0960, fax (212) 730-7616.


Herringbone chain resembles a herringbone tweed pattern of twilled fabric. It begins as a double rope chain and, through manipulation, is curbed to remove the twist and then hammered flat.

14k gold herringbone necklace is from Quality Gold of Cincinnati, Fairfield, OH;
(800) 354-9833 or (513) 942-7659, fax (800) 686-7184 or (513) 682-1100.


Nugget chain, also called twisted serpentine and tensile chain, is a standard serpentine chain which, after it’s soldered, is hammered into an interlocking “S” design then twisted to create a nugget look. The chain is normally soldered in a chain soldering oven.

14k gold nugget chain is from Stuller, Lafayette, LA; (800) 877-7777, fax (800) 444-4741.

– Lorraine M. O’Donnell, A.J.P.

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