Chain types

When buying a chain, deciding on the metal and length is half the battle. Weaving needs to be chosen! To resolve this issue, you need to know what types are. We talk in detail in this guide about the types of chain weaving offered by

All weaves are divided into 2 main types: anchor and carapace. Plus several additional species, each of which can be expanded into a kind of “family tree”. Some of them are bright and self-sufficient, not requiring combination with pendants. Others are neutral and humble, which are best shown in partnership with the suspension.

“Rollo” – a chain of simple anchor weaving with faceted round or elongated links, similar to hexagons, from which the decoration acquires brutality. The “roll” has a variety – “trampoline roll”; the links of such a chain seem to be flattened from the blow (in fact, the name comes from the Italian battuta – “blow”).

Weaving “cobra” in everything is similar to “roll”, but differs from the latter in the diameter of the chain: the “cobra” cannot be thicker than 0.5 cm, and, as a rule, its diameter is even smaller. For weightlessness of weaving, jewelers also call it “sand”. And of course the suspension for the “cobra” should not be heavy and large.

“Garibaldi” is a volumetric anchor weaving with paired round links. It is believed that he was named after the spouses Garibaldi, heroes of the liberation movement in Italy, who have always been together and shared the views of each other. “Garibaldi” creates the impression of a very strong and solid weaving, therefore it is suitable for wearing a pendant cross or a talisman pendant.

“Tonda” is a basic type of anchor weaving, the links of which are never diamond cut. The main feature of the “Tonda” is its smoothness and elegance: the links of the “Tonda” weaving chain are similar to the paintings of the Renaissance artists. Paintings and bas-reliefs called tondo (short for Italian rotondo – “round”), as a rule, depicted angels or the Madonna and Child. We recommend the “Tonda” weaving chain for children: it does not twist, does not cling to clothes and hair and is ideal for a cross or an icon. Variety of “tonda” – “Tonda oval” – as the name implies, consists of elongated oval links, however, the same smooth and graceful, as in the base weaving.

“Korda” is an anchor weaving that creates the effect of a twisted chain. In a “cord” several links emerge from one link at once; the first one connects with the neighboring one, while the others jump one, two or three links, forming “steps”.

It looks like a “cord” both in appearance and in name, weaving “triple cordino”. But, unlike the “cord”, the links in it are not so tightly arranged, so the “triple cordino” chain looks a little more loose.

“Forzatina” is an anchor weaving, the links of which look like the chain has been stretched with force along its length. Its variety “forzatina Rada” (it. “Rare”) – a simple connection of elongated links, free weaving, equally suitable for both men and women. “Forzatina Rada Perno” has a transverse bridge inside the link, which further shifts the character of the decoration towards the brutal.

A separate type of weaving – “forzatina doppia” – simultaneously resembles a “cord” and a simple double anchor weaving, but the “twisted” nature makes such jewelry more suitable for women.

Shell  weaving

Shell weaving gets its name from the similarity with chain mail, which is similar to the scales of the carapace. In chains of this type of weaving, all the links lie in the same plane – as if the anchor chain was clamped between two stones. Despite the fact that simple armor chains, as befits jewelry with a frankly “masculine” name, serve as a strong basis for pendants and crosses, such weaving can be surprisingly feminine and delicate.

Gurmeta is a classic carapace weaving that suits both men and women. In shape, the oval gourmet links are more like rhombuses with rounded corners. The chain can be worn alone or with a pendant: durable non-twisting links are especially appreciated for their practicality. As a kind of basic weaving, “gourmet” is the basis for other weaves: more elongated links are connected to “gourmet Rada”, double links – into “gourmet doppia”, and double-wire links turn into “double parallel gourmet”.

Another kind of weaving – “gourmet cordino” – consists of heart links. Such chains are more rounded and are suitable for women and children, including for wearing with a cross.

If the chain is woven not from oval links, but from diamond-shaped ones, you will get a recognizable weaving “rhombus”. “Rhombus” is usually double and triple: due to the special openwork weaving and the width of the links, such chains are good to wear as an independent decoration, but in combination with a pendant, they look great. Light bounces off the links in an unusual way. The chain retains its original festive shine and beauty for a long time.

“Nonna” is somewhat reminiscent of a “rhombus”, but unlike it, the links of the “nonna” are not the same in size. Most often, “nonna” is double: when inside large rounded rhombus-ovals small ones are enclosed. Krastsvetmet also produces a single version: in this case, large links are connected to small ones one after another, creating a light and airy weaving.

Love / s – a chain with links that resemble hearts. Such an airy and feminine weave is perfect for creating a romantic look. You can also give the chain “love / s” to your beloved or daughter, telling with this gesture about the ardor or immutability of feelings.

Figaro is a combination of long and short links. Figaro has several varieties – depending on the number of short links located between the long ones, and vice versa. Thanks to this alternation, it is possible to choose the most suitable character of the chain even within the framework of one type of weaving: “figaro” can be airy (like, for example, the 3 + 1 variety), and reminiscent of twisted chains (1 + 1), and similar to a cord with ” knocked-out “links (there are 4 or 5 short links in a row).

“Okio di perniche” is a seemingly complex – openwork – weaving, and at the same time, it continues the principle of connecting links, like in a “rhombus”. Other names for weaving: “panther’s eye”, “eagle’s eye” or “bird’s eye” (translated from the original from Italian – “partridge eye”), which two adjacent links in the chain really look like.

“Lumakina” is a carapace weaving of links twisted inward and between themselves. From a distance, the links are similar to the shells of mollusks, therefore “lumakina” has a second name – “snail”. A memorable drawing is good in itself, therefore it does not require a suspension, but with it it will create a winning pair.

“Tsar” – armor weaving in two rows, in which the links are staggered. The “king” weaving chains look masculine and simple at the same time, therefore they can serve as an alternative to other beloved bismarck weaving. In addition, women often choose a “king” for themselves: a wide chain contrastingly emphasizes femininity and fragility.

“Singapore” is one of the most famous and popular weaves, which allows you to create a chain with an especially bright shine. The links of the same size in “singapore” are intertwined into a twisted chain and complemented by diamond cutting. In Krastsvetmet’s chains, the loop is made frequent: such processing turns even the most modest in width jewelry into a catchy accent. Despite the seeming decorativeness, Singapore chains can be worn with a pendant.

“Serpentina” – weaving from flat links, which is based on “gourmet”. resembles waves or Greek ornament. Despite the fact that “serpentine” has a bright recognizable pattern, it can be worn with a pendant.

Chain types
Chain types

Shell weave: cords

Among the chains of armor weaving there is a group of “cords” – smooth chains with a round or square section. In addition, the “cords” are divided into soft and hard. As a rule, single cords are a safe bet for almost any pendant.

“Snake” – a chain of a circular cross-section that looks like snake skin. The tightly knit links in this weave are connected at an angle: thanks to this, the chain really looks like a living one in motion. There is also a “square” “snake” that looks more avant-garde.

“Snake” is another type of weaving, similar to a snake, but unlike the “snake”, the links here are not located diagonally, but horizontally along the axis of the chain.

“Tonsil” is a smooth chain-cord with zigzag links. The density and flexibility of the “amygdala” allows braids to be woven from three, four or five such chains, which are worn as an independent adornment without a pendant.

“Voa oval” (or “double gourmet”) is a weaving that resembles a tightly compressed spring. Cross diagonal lines add dynamism and help to create the image of an active modern woman.

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