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A Quick Guide To Best Chains For Pendants

Written by Annabelle
May 21, 2020

If you’ve got a pendant and you’re looking for a chain, you might want to think about what style of chain is the best for your needs in terms of aesthetic and durability. Here’s a guide to the best chains for pendants

Pendants and Chains

Before you rush off to buy a chain, keep in mind that chains and pendants come in different shapes and sizes. Here are a few things you need to consider before you get a chain for your item.

Pendant Bail Size


This interesting fish pendant/charm was given a special bail to fit an 8mm chain.

The loop at the top of your pendant will restrict the width of the chain that you can wear the pendant on. Take a look at the pendant’s bail and check how wide it is in millimeters.

If you don’t mind modifying the pendant for a larger bail to accommodate a thicker chain, have a jeweler provide you with a larger bail for the desired width that you need.

Pendant Weight

Some chains are fragile in construction and do not take weight well. If you have a particularly weighty pendant, consider a chain style that can take the weight of your item, as other chain styles such as rope chains, ball chains, and snake chains might stretch out or snap. 

Best and Worst Chains for Pendants


Cable chains, box chains, curb chains, figaro chains, and wheat chains are all great chain styles to consider for pendants. Again, adjust the width accordingly if you decide to wear these chains with a heavier pendant for extra durability. 


This herringbone chain was snagged and torn. Our jeweler “unfolded” the links to the best of his ability.

Patterned or woven chains such as herringbone chains, rope chains, ball chains, and snake chains are not ideal for pendant wearing. Herringbones are notoriously delicate and will immediately kink or snag at the slightest touch, while hollow rope chains cannot withstand significant weight. Once they snap, they’re never the same again in terms of integrity, and they will continue to break at the previous area with enough pressure. 

Snake chains can handle some light pendants, but heavier pendants will eventually stretch out and snap the chain. They can be repaired, but there will be a noticeable area at the location of repair. 

Putting a Pendant On a Chain

Sometimes even with the correct chain width it can be difficult to put a pendant onto a chain. The jump ring at the end of the chain may be too wide to go through the pendant bail, or you want the pendant to be fixed in place on the necklace. Ask a jeweler to assist you with placing the pendant onto the chain and ensuring that it’s securely attached.

Now you’re up to date on the best chains for pendants! If you need help with a chain, pendant, or bail, or even a chain replacement, comment below and we can help you get started.

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judy gonder

How does one cut chain to desired length?


Hi There, I would suggest our chain shortening service. Here’s a link for that!

phillip francis

I want to buy a solid gold cross pendant and would like a strong nice gold chain to put it on but don’t know what type of chain to buy any body got any idea would be much appreciated


Ok i need help i juste buy a very nice gold and white ice chain it’s 4 mm 28 inch long 33 grams today i decided to buy a gold pendant but it’s not that big 8 grams and it cost me a lot of money so if some one no what is a ice gold chain let me know please it’s 28 inch long 4 mm 33 grams and I just put a small circle pendant 8 grams please let me know if it’s ok and I don’t sleep with my chain don’t work with it i only put… Read more »

Gail Brack

I bought a rope chain for my simple initial disc. I don’t know if the chain is hollow, but I expect it to be because the price was unbelievably low. My disc shouldn’t be very heavy at all. Will my initial disc look good on a rope chain?


Sounds fine aesthetically, as long as it’s structurally sound! Send a photo, and we can let you know any concerns 🙂