Professional Jeweler Archive: Five Classic Styles of Chain

June 2002

For Your Staff/Selling Jewelry Styles


Five Classic Styles of Chain

This is 21st in a series of articles Professional Jeweler is presenting on different styles of jewelry. Learning about different styles, selling points and where they come from can make your job more interesting and profitable


Foxtail
Stamped links with bent ends connected without solder comprise this chain style. It can be hammered into a square or rectangular pattern or can be diamond-cut.

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

Basketweave
As its name suggests, basketweave chain looks like a reed, cane or rattan basket with wires woven alternately over and under one another. The width of the wire and the chain itself varies widely. This style is particularly suitable for bracelets and watch bands.

14k basketweave chain is from Stuller.

Sock
Sock chain is hollow mesh made from wire. The hollowness resembles a sock or straw. This woven wire is very flexible.

Sterling silver sock chain is from Frederic Duclos, Huntington Beach, CA; (714) 898-3636, fax (714) 897-7963, www.fredericduclos.com.

Popcorn
A relatively new style, popcorn chain is made of identical interlocking die-struck segments continuously stamped from thin strips of flat stock. These segments are hollow and may be rounded, flat or concave for greater reflection. This chain is made in a similar manner to traditional snake chain.

17-in. 14k hollow popcorn chain is from Stuller..

Mariner Link
This chain is made with hollow or solid wire curb or cable links that have a bar soldered in the center of the link. The industry once called this the Gucci link, but Gucci is a trademarked name and cannot be used by other companies.

14k gold mariner link bracelet is by Royal Chain Inc., New York City; (800) 622-0960 or (212) 382-3340, fax (212) 730-7616.

– by Lorraine M. O’Donnell, A.J.P.

Photo by Robert Weldon.

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