When it comes to vintage gold chains, there is a wide range of options to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a delicate and dainty chain to pair with charms or a bold statement making necklace, let’s explore some of the most well-known and popular chain links.  These can be worn in various ways to complement your own personal style!


Curb Chain

The curb chain is a popular type of chain that is made up of flattened links that are twisted and interlocked to create a chain with a smooth, uniform appearance.  We particularly love the curb link watch chains from the Art Deco era as they are frequently solid and made in various lengths and widths. They make a good choice for both small and heavier pendants.


Cable Chain

A classic. It consists of identical oval or round links that are interconnected to create a continuous chain.  Cable links are versatile and work well with a wide range of pendants and charms.


Figaro Chain

The Figaro chain features a pattern of three small links followed by one large link. This pattern is then repeated throughout the length of the chain.  This pattern can add a subtle touch of visual interest to a pendant or charm.  


Rope Chain

The rope chain is made up of multiple small links that are twisted together to create a spiral effect, resulting in a chain that resembles a rope.  Rope chains can come in a variety of sizes and work well with charms and for wearing alone.


Belcher or Rolo Chain

The belcher chain has been popular since the 19th century and is similar in style to the cable link.  They are rounded on the outside and flat on the inside.  These are versatile and work well with many different sized charms.


Paperclip Chain

The paperclip chain is typically made from small, flat pieces of wire bent into an elongated shape and interlocked together.  The links can be uniform in size and shape or can alternative with smaller sized links.  They make a good choice for both small and heavier pendants.


Trombone Link Chain

A trombone link chain is made of loops that are shaped liked the loops on a trombone.  The links are usually larger and more intricate than a paperclip chain and can have an ornate design.  They are often used in antique watch chains.


Box Chain

A box chain consists of square-shaped links that are joined together to create a sleek, elegant chain.  Box chains are usually found in smaller sized links and work well with more delicate pieces.


Snake Chain

A snake chain is a type of chain that is made up of rings that fit together tightly, creating a smooth, serpentine effect.  These fluid chains come in many different sizes and lengths and can be worn with pendants, layered, or just solo.


Biker Chain

A biker chain consists of thick, chunkier links that may be round, oval, or even rectangular in shape.  They are designed to be tough and durable.  


Mariner or Anchor Link Chain

A mariner link, also known as an anchor link, has a unique design inspired by chains attached to an anchor on a boat.  Mariner links are typically oval or round with a bar in the middle of the link.  They are known for their strength and durability.


Wheat Chain

The wheat chain is made up of small, interwoven links that resemble wheat stalks. This type of chain is known for its strength and durability.  They are ideal for wearing with pendants and layering.


Herringbone Chain

A herringbone chain is a type of chain that consists of a pattern of flat, V-shaped links that are arranged in a zigzag.  They are fluid chains that work best worn alone or layered with other chains.


Byzantine Chain

The Byzantine chain is a complex type of chain that consists of multiple small links that are connected to create a chain with a textured, intricate appearance.  These are best worn alone or layered with others.


Ultimately, your choice of which chain to pair with a pendant or charm will depend on the style and weight of the piece, as well as personal preference. 


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