There's a reason why both cable and Byzantine link chains are so popular – they provide a stylish alternative to other chains, adding a little substance and style to your look. These chains are available in a number of different lengths, widths and metals, ensuring that you’ll have no trouble at all finding one to coordinate with the other pieces that you have on, whether they are watch, several rings, or a pair or two of earrings.
All About Byzantine Chains
Byzantine chains have a unique look. They consist of links that are looped in and through each other to form an unusual pattern that resembles a rope. The technical jewelry term for this is “four in one” meaning that four loops pass through one single loop. This keeps on repeating over and over throughout the entire length of the chain.
Byzantine chains were named for the Byzantine Empire, where the design originated. The Byzantine Empire was founded in the year 330 A.D by Constantine after he moved the seat of the Roman Empire to Constantinople (today, known as Istanbul in Turkey.)
Choose the Right Byzantine Chain
Byzantine chains are available in several different types of metal, including sterling silver, 14 karat gold and 10 karat gold. Both versions of gold chains come in your choice of either white or yellow gold, thus ensuring that you’ll find one for your needs. On top of this, the chains come in various lengths, such as 22, 26 and 30 inches, going all of the way to 40 inches long.
Background on Cable Chains
Cable chains are just as popular as Byzantine chains, even though they look different. Unlike the intricately linked loops of Byzantine chains, cable chains are much simpler. Each individual link loops though the ones that come before and after it, forming an uncomplicated pattern that resembles the construction paper chains made by students, albeit on a much more smaller, expensive and sophisticated scale.
Buying a Cable Chain
Cable chains come in a number of different metals and sizes, some designed for women, others for men. The ones for women are thinner (look for those that are 1.5 millimeters thick) and shorter (between 16 and 22 inches.) Cable chains for men are both thicker and longer. Despite these basic differences, both those for men and for women are available in 14K and 10K white and yellow gold, as well as in sterling silver.
Finding the best size, metal and style of chains is easy, thanks to the variety of cable chains and Byzantine chains available. You should have no problem at all expressing yourself with one – or more – of them!