Here at Monty’s we love vintage jewellery, and we love gold chains and bracelets. They are a versatile and luxurious accessory that is a must have in any collection. So we put together a list of our Top 10 gold necklace link types & bracelet chain styles. So if you ever wondered; What are the different link designs called? Or what are the most popular gold chains? Then this blog post has you covered.
Necklaces and bracelets come in a wide selection of different chain link types and designs. Some gold chain types are simple and elegant while others are a little more intricate or attention grabbing. Discover the different necklace link types below and elevate your jewellery wardrobe to the next level.
So let’s take a look at these popular link designs so you can find your ideal gold chain, or layer a few different designs to create a unique look.
The Most Popular Gold Chain Links By Name
The Curb is the most popular gold chain link design. It has a oval shape that has been flattened and twists where each link meets. There is a number of variations on the classic curb link, with some more rounded while others have square edges. This link design is common in both fine and chunky chains.
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Belcher links have a timeless, classic style and are commonly used in necklaces and bracelets. The belcher link first became popular in 18th century Britain so it carries that vintage, antique appeal. Belcher links are uniform circles with flat edges that interlock. Legend has it they were named after bare knuckler boxer Jem Belcher.
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The Cuban is a variation of the curb link and is really in fashion. Cuban chain links are packed closely together without much of a gap to create a more woven look. Because of the density a Cuban link necklace usually weighs significantly more than a traditional curb link, making them more expensive.
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This chain type is crafted by joining small squares in an alternating pattern to create a box. The links are uniform in size and shape, giving the chain a clean and minimalist look. Box link chain necklaces are often on the finer side and are great for pairing with your favourite pendant.
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5. Anchor / Marine
The Anchor or Marine link is a very strong chain design perfect for heavy pendants. It consists of oval shaped links with a vertical bar in the centre of each link. They share the same design commonly used to attach boat anchors.
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Rope link chains are made from multiple strands that are woven together, just like a rope. Gold rope chains often sparkle in sunlight as the light reflects off each strand adding an extra luxurious feel.
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A snake chain has a tubular shape and is made from curved plates. They have no gaps between the links making them reminiscent of snake skin. Snake chains are commonly made in choker length and have a very elegant look.
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The Figaro link has a masculine feel and is the most popular gold chain for men, followed by the Cuban link. The Figaro is recognised by its repeating pattern of 2 or 3 short links followed by one longer link. It is also a common design that is used to make bracelets.
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The Byzantine necklace link is a complex and intricate design that is very eye catching. The interlocking links run both vertically and horizontally and are packed closely together to create a woven, cloth like look.
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The cable link is a classic style with either rounded, oval shaped or rectangular links and is a popular choice for finer, more delicate gold chains or bracelets due to its simplistic design.
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So there you have it! Our top 10 list of necklace link types and bracelet chain designs commonly used in jewellery. We hope you found this guide helpful. If you want to keep exploring the different styles check out some of these beautiful necklaces below.
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9ct Yellow Gold Curb Link Chain Necklace 45cm #61981
18ct Yellow Gold Fine Box Link Chain Necklace 45cm #61956
9ct Yellow Gold Double Curb Link Chain Necklace 50cm #61697
18ct Yellow Gold Fine Curb Link Chain Necklace 50cm #61957
9ct Yellow Gold Belcher Chain Necklace 57cm #61772
Sterling Silver Belcher Link Chain Necklace 70cm #62051
Swarovski GC Cz Metal Exist Infinity Necklace 46cm #61724
Akoya Pearl Strand Necklace with 10ct Yellow Gold Clasp 41cm #54440
9ct Multi-Tone Gold Filagree Chain Necklace with Shield 70cm 54.3grams #62218