The different types of gold chains are called Byzantine, box cable, Figaro, panther, popcorn, rolo, rope, snake, Venetian link, wheat, anchor and lastly, the bead chain. Each chain has a different physical makeup and style. Some are meant for pendants or charms, while others are meant to be worn alone.
Each style has a different characteristic and charm. Some are made with linked squares, some with beads or links, while others are flat. Chains that are well-suited for charms are from the cable or popcorn family, while the Byzantine, panther and rolo family chains are best worn by themselves. The rope chain is a popular style for men.