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Chains

  • These are the sterling silver chains that we suggest for our pendants. All come with soldered findings including lobster clasps!
  • If you'd like a 14kt gold chain, email us for a quote.

BEAD CHAIN

We think bead chains look the best with our style of bas relief, hand-fabricated jewelry. Bead chain is not only strong and beautiful, it doesn't kink. We cut and solder every chain to order. You can have any length you want, not just those shown. Email us if you have a special length. We suggest the 1.5 mm for extra small or small pieces but not if they are particularly wide (crosses for example). The 2 mm works with all medium and some large. You need the 3 mm for extra large and some large pieces.

 

Bead Chain

Bead Chain, 2 mm

16" 18" 20" 24" 30"
$25 $30 $35 $40
$50

 

Bead Chain, 2.5 mm

16" 18" 20" 24" 30"
$40 $45 $50 $60 $75

We can get 1+1 or alternating bead chain shown below in a few different widths. This is the most popular - the 2 mm. Again, this chain can be cut to any length.

 

Alternating Bead Chain

1+1 (Alternating) Bead Chain, 2mm

16" 18" 20" 24" 30"
$40 $45 $50 $60 $75

 

ROLO CHAIN

 


This strong chain ( a modified cable chain), in the 2.1 mm rolo, is fine for extra small, small and medium pieces. Large and extra large pendants will need the 3.2 mm Rolo. Rolo chain also comes in many widths. Email us if you have a special length or width you want.

 

2.1 mm Rolo Chain

Rolo Chain, 2.1 mm

16" 18" 20" 24" 30"
$32 $36 $40 $48 $60

 

3.2 mm Rolo

Oval Rolo Chain, 3.2 mm

16" 18" 20" 24" 30"
$60 $65 $70 $85 $110

 

FIGARO CHAIN

 


Figaro Chain is suprisingly strong considering how delicate looking it is espcially in the 2.2 mm size. As you can see it is comprised of three (or four) short circular loops and one longer oval loop. This combo displaces the tension on the chain making it quite sturdy. The style we buy is known as diamond cut and reflects a lot of light wthout being gaudy. Both small and medium pendants work fine on the 2.2 mm figaro, while the 3 mm can tame a large or extra large pendant with nary a struggle. More different lengths or widths - email us.

 

2.2 mm Figaro

Figaro Chain, 2.2 mm

16" 18" 20" 24" 30"
$25 $30 $35 $40 $50

 

3 mm Figaro

Figaro Chain, 3.0 mm

16" 18" 20" 24" 30"
$35 $40 $45 $55 $70

 

SNAKE CHAIN

 


Snake chain is perennially popular and comes in many, many more widths than we show here. There are two styles, seamed and round and we use the round because not only does it look better (no seams!) but it is also stronger. Like the chains above you can have alternate lengths and widths - just email us.

 

1.5 mm Snake Chain

Snake Chain, 1.9 mm

16" 18" 20" 24" 30"
$45 $50 $60 $72 $90

 

2.5 mm Snake Chain

Snake Chain, 3.0 mm

16" 18" 20" 24" 30"
$70 $78 $85 $100 $125

 

BYZANTINE CHAIN

 

We really like Byzantine chain for fancy or custom pieces! It looks like a handmade chain but at machine made (EXPENSIVE machine made) prices. This chain does not come in other lengths, though we could cut down one of these - order the 18"if you want a length below that. We can get this chain in a 2.6 mm width for 20" and under only. For more info email us. We can also get a handmade 6 mm Byzantine chain in 18" and under.

 

Byzantine Chain

Byzantine Chain, 2 mm


16" 18" 20" 24" 30"
$105 $105 $115 $140 NA

 

We can get many more styles of chains in sterling silver than we show - these are just our favorites. We can get quite a few in 14kt gold also. We can get some in 18kt gold.

  • All the chains we sell are fully soldered, with lobster clasps exclusively.
  • Most chains sold by jewelers follow the fine American tradition of built-in obscelence. Jump rings aren't soldered, spring clasps that routinely break and can't, in any case, be soldered are the usual connectors. Ours are created to last. We don't want you to lose your chain, or worse, lose the piece you've bought from us because the chain breaks.
  • We guarantee, unconditionally, any chain against breakage. Send the broken chain back and we'll fix or replace it. I will send you a return label if you email us.
  • Most women wear 16" chains as short chains. This is too short for most men. 18" usually means that a pendant will rest on the collar bone easily visible with an open collar shirt on men, an inch or two lower on most women. 20" lengths are the top of the chest on men and mid-chest for women. 24" lengths are mid-chest for men and just above the breasts for women etc etc. Want to know more? You know what to do!
  • There is a huge variation in size in human beings - have you heard? If you'd like to be certain of the length and don't have a chain use string or a ribbon and measure the length that way.

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