Gold Chains! We all have one, or have had one at some point in our lives. Whether it was what you had your first locket on, or it was your graduation gift, chains make the perfect fundamental and versatile jewellery addition. You can add a beautiful pendant, wear an old ring on it, or let it stand out on its own. If you’re having a hard time choosing a chain, we get it! And we’re here to share some chain wisdom.  


5 Popular Gold Chain Types 

Gold Chains come in many forms, such as: 

  • Box Chains that are designed with squared links rather than round links.
  • Cable Link Chains, typically the most popular, are designed with connected round or metal links.
  • Curb Chains, are another popular option seen with circular interlocking links that lay flat together – often these are considered more ‘masculine’ and are featured in many men’s jewellery chains and are one of the strongest yet easiest to repair.
  • Rope Chains are designed with strands of precious metals intertwined to resemble a real rope. The tightness of the weave or braid can affect both the look and the price of the piece.
  • Herringbone Chains are designed to mimic the pattern of herringbone with their individual overlapping links. This type of chain is more prone to twists and kinks due to the thinness and overlapping intracity to the piece.  


Chain Durability 

One question we get asked frequently is “what gold chain is strongest”, and really that depends. While some chains are made stronger than others (such as the curb or cable chain above) it depends on the quality of the piece. At J.H. Young, we proudly carry a massive selection of durable and quality chains, including the popular 20” Tiger Eye Link Chain, or the 22” White Gold Diamond Cut Wheat Link Chain.   If you have your eye on a certain chain but are worried about durability, give our team a call. We’re happy to chat with you about what your normal wear goes through, and what pieces we have to suite! 


Personal Preference 

When it comes down to it, the best chain for your collection is one that that best suits your style! With so many options including weight, length, metal type, clasp, and SO many other factors, our team can help you find a beautiful chain (or chains!) in our collection, or you can speak to our jewellers about creating a custom piece. Give us a call at 519-752-2330, or visit us in-store to get started!