The Byzantine Chain design is an assembly of circular or oval links into a highly complex, intricate and multidimensional arrangement. A tubular collection of links interlocks, interweaves and intertwines together to give rise to a stunningly distinctive pattern. The chain is also widely known by different names such as Idiot’s Delight, King’s Braid and Birdcage chain.

14K Yellow Gold Byzantine Fancy Men's Gold Chain Fremada 14k Yellow Gold Men's Solid 9.25-inch Byzantine Bracelet
14K Yellow Gold Byzantine Fancy Men’s Gold Chain Fremada 14k Yellow Gold Men’s Solid 9.25-inch Byzantine Bracelet

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The elaborate and eye-catching chain design is thousands of years old and among the first Chainmaille patterns invented. Its origins are not clearly known but amazingly the design dates back to around three hundred BC. Wearing jewelry in the Byzantine chain design is like wearing a piece of ancient history.

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18k Gold & Sterling Silver Collection Byzantine Filigree Bracelet

18k Gold & Sterling Silver Collection Byzantine Filigree Bracelet

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At first sight, you will be forgiven to think that the design appeared like a twisted mess of interwoven wires. On closer examination though, a beautiful pattern emerges from the chaos and captures your interest.

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14k Yellow Gold 2.6mm Square Byzantine Chain Necklace

The chain is a four in one link chain meaning that each link passes through four others in a 2+2+2 pattern. It is a variant on the Box chain whose links all point in the same direction, unlike the Byzantine design whose links alternate in direction.

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Sterling Silver Square Byzantine Chain 22 Inch

Byzantine is a popular jewelry weave that looks good in both open and dense patterns. It is one of the stronger chain styles.

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Handmade Silver Byzantine Chain Maille Necklace Earrings Set
Handmade Silver Byzantine Chain Maille Necklace Earrings Set

The Byzantine chain design combines a rope like texture with a fascinating textural design. The chains are supple and flexible, draping gracefully on your skin. Interwoven links turn byzantine style jewelry pieces into real eye-catchers that draw huge compliments.

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Men's 14k Yellow Gold 2.5mm Square Byzantine Chain Necklace, 24 Inches

Men’s 14k Yellow Gold 2.5mm Square Byzantine Chain Necklace, 24 Inches

The boldness and masculine pattern of the Byzantine chain makes it fashionable among men of all ages. You will find trendy men sporting byzantine chains all over the world. However, in narrower widths the chain does look delicate and stylish on women too.

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Sterling Silver 18 Inch Byzantine Necklace

Remarkable for their intricate designs, byzantine chains are ornate and substantial enough to stand well alone without pendants. At the same time they are versatile enough to carry your favorite pendant with panache.

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6.5mm 14 Karat Yellow Gold Byzantine Chain 8 inch

Byzantine chains are crafted into necklaces and bracelets. In smaller lengths the byzantine style is also crafted into rings and hoop earrings.

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Sterling Silver Byzantine Hoop Earrings 18kt Yellow Gold Byzantine Hoop Earrings
Sterling Silver Byzantine Hoop Earrings 18kt Yellow Gold Byzantine Hoop Earrings

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Emerald and Diamond Antique Byzantine Ring in 14K WhiteGold 18K Gold Silver Collection Byzantine Ottoman Blue Topaz Ring

If you want a luxurious looking chain to work with a formal evening outfit, this is the one to consider. It adapts equally well to dress down casually with jeans.

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8mm Byzantine Chain 14 Inches

The byzantine chain with its breathtaking ornate style provides you with a unique alternative to the traditional chain.


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See Also

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Ball Chain Style Sterling-Silver-8-Inch-X-8.0-mm-Ball-Chain-Bracelet
Box Chain Style 6mm-Sterling-Silver-Concave-Box-Chain-Bracelet-9-inch
Curb Chain Style Sterling-Silver-Curb-Link-Bracelet-9-Inches
Figaro Chain Style Figaro-Chain-Bracelet
Herringbone Chain Style Sterling-Silver-Italian-Herringbone-Chain-Bracelet
Omega Chain Style Sterling-Silver-8-mm-Omega-Chain-Bracelet
Snake Chain Style Sterling-Silver-Italian-Oval-Snake-Chain-Bracelet-8mm
Rope Chain Style 5mm-Diamond-Cut-Rope-Chain-Bracelet
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