Chain Guide

Chain Guide

The assembly of your necklace layering, ring stack, and ear party is kind of like the assembly of the Avengers. They all have different strengths, and different opportunities for style–thankfully we’re not talking about spandex and capes, but silver and gold. Different chain types provide varying movement and style. When paired together, you will find yourself looking better than any Avenger out there (except Black Widow – that is a bad a** woman we can all look up to). Below is a helpful guide for you to read up on the different chain styles we offer, and how we style and pair them in a variety of our products. That way you can choose how to layer, pair, and share (tag us on your socials, pleeeease!) in a way that is unique and true to you.

A comprehensive jewelry chain guide featuring our favorite chains from Hello Adorn


Cable Chain:

Cable jewelry chains consist of a uniform round or oval link of wire that is connected, which forms a chain. We use our Delicate Cable Chain for many of our necklaces. Linked below are a few of our current faves that use Delicate Cable Chain. Other cable chains we use are Isla Chain (used on Solitaire Necklace, and Skyla Double Annex), and our Tiny Cable Chain (used on Tiny Gemma Necklace). 

A jewelry chain guide featuring our favorite Hello Adorn chains

Rollo Chain:

Rollo Chains are made from half-round wire creating a chain heavier than cable that looks like it’s assembled from strips of metal instead of wires. The Rollo Chain we love and know well is our Scout Chain and is used in the Birdie Initial Necklace, as well as the Skyla Double Annex earrings (one of Jess’ faves!).

Paperclip Chain:

Round or oval machine links can be stretched or "drawn" to elongate the chain. Drawing a chain can change its overall appearance and make it narrower. The Paperclip Chain we make with include Maeve, Carmen, and Sonny. These are not only popular for necklaces, but make up a few of our favorite bracelets, too!!  

Curb Chain:

Twisting or curling links are called curbing and can vary the look of achains. The Curb Chain is most often curbed cable chain. However, you can twist other styles as well for added effect. We use LOTS of curbed chains!

Rope Chain:

This type of chain is a braided rope assembly of open-wire links so named because the braiding is similar to that used to create fiber ropes or twine. The only chain we use for a rope chain is the Goldie, because she is SUCH a star. We provide Goldie in a bracelet, chain, and anklet because of the deep appreciation we have for her. 

Box Chain:

A typical box jewelry chain is made up of folded over flat, square links. They interlink tightly resembling a smooth, square box. There are box chains with slightly rounded discs as well as discs that are completely round. 

Long + Short Chains:

As the name suggests, this is a broad category of chain styles consisting of links of differing lengths to create a creative design. These prove to be some of our best-selling styles!

Figaro Chain:

A popular variation of the long & short chain, figaros are patterns of three short links followed by one long link nearly equal to the length of the three short lengths. Figaros are usually made from thicker gauge wire than many other chains so they are heavier weight styles, and links are also often curbed!

Herringbone Chain:

This chain is made from a double cable that has been drawn through a machine that flattens and condenses the chain. The resulting chain is smooth and solid in appearance with a mirror surface. Herringbones are not as flexible as other chains and can kink, but if you’re looking for tips to fix that, read our blog "Beginners Guide to Hello Adorn"

Disc Chain: 

This jewelry chain style is made up of larger round or elongated discs separated by smaller connecting links. These typically add a little extra shimmer, shine, and sparkle to your stack. You can always use one (or five)! ;)