The Different Necklace Chains

Choosing the right necklace style can be a difficult task, especially if its a gift; however, it is not that complicated, it's rather simple and we’ll give you the basics from trendy necklaces to classic pearl strands with a simple breakdown of the most popular terms so you can spend more time gifting and less deciding between a rolo or box chained necklace.

Necklace Types

Solitaire Pendant
A single diamond, pearl, or gemstone suspended from a chain.

Blue Nile Signature Floating Diamond Solitaire Pendant in Platinum

Station Necklace
Diamonds, pearls, or gemstones set at various intervals along the length of around the neck.

Bezel-Set Stationed Diamond Necklace in 14K White Gold

Pearl Strand
Pearls strung on silk or other material, and normally knotted between pearls for protections.

Golden South Sea Cultured Pearl Strand Necklace in 18k Yellow Gold

Pendant
A small piece of jewelry, such as a locket, charm, or medallion, suspended from a chain or necklace, usually by a bail, small loop or O-ring.

Petite Pavé Diamond Teardrop Pendant in 14k Yellow Gold

Eternity
Diamonds or other gemstones set continuously around the necklace, separated only by a clasp, usually concealed, at the back.

Graduated Oval Diamond Eternity Necklace in 18k White Gold

Chain
A linked necklace made out of platinum, gold, or silver. The links can be of any size.

Panther Necklace in 14k Yellow Gold

Chain Types

Bead
Metal beads strung tightly together.

Beaded Necklace in Sterling Silver

Cable
A series of loops, or links, connected together to form long chain.

Cable Chain in Platinum

Rolo
Similar to a cable chain, but every other link is oriented in a different direction giving a more textured appearance.

Oxidized Roped Linked Necklace in Sterling Silver

Byzantine
A rope-like chain with intricately woven strands that results in a sturdy, yet supple necklace. The origin of the name is unknown.

Byzantine Necklace in 18k Yellow Gold

Mesh
A network of fine metal strands intricately woven together.

Thin Mesh Bangle Bracelet in Sterling Silver

Snake
Rather than traditional links, metal plates fit together to make a flexible chain.

Snake Chain Necklace in Sterling Silver

Box
A sturdy chain comprised of square links.

Rounded Venetian Link Necklace in Sterling Silver

Wheat
Delicate oval links that give a braid-like appearance.

Wheat Chain Necklace in Sterling Silver

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