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The Complete Guide to Types of Jewelry

The Complete Guide to Types of Jewelry

In this post we will start with a quick overview of the types of jewelry, and then we’ll go deeper. Learn more!
Key Insights
  • Most Popular Types of Jewelry 
  • Chains
  • Pendants 
  • Bracelets 
  • Rings 
  • Earrings 
  • Watches 
  • Body Chains
  • Anklets 
  • Why Gold is the Best Metal for Jewelry
  • To Ice It Out or Go with Plain Gold 
  • How to Find Quality Gold Jewelry 
  • Get the Dopest Jewelry in the Game for All Types 

You’ve assembled the dopest wardrobe. Your shoe collection can’t be matched. You’re always ready to go and look fresh at any minute. Now all that’s left is to complete the look with some jewelry to add a finishing touch of drip. 

That’s the thing, though. With so many options out there, what type of jewelry is best for your style? While chains are the most popular, that’s not all there is. There are also bracelets, rings, watches, earrings, and so many other pieces you can choose from. 

We got you. This is one of the biggest guides we’ve ever put together. We’re going to cover the most popular types of jewelry in-depth to help you decide which ones are best for you. Remember, it’s all about what makes you feel the most comfortable and confident when you’re rocking your new accessories. 

Let’s start with a quick overview of the types of jewelry, and then we’ll go deeper. 

Most Popular Types of Jewelry 


We all know what a chain is: a series of interconnected metal links that are worn around the neck. They’re easily the most popular type of jewelry, and for good reason, too. When you’re rocking one, it stands out and draws attention instantly. 

That’s a simple enough description, sure, but chains go so much deeper than that, too. To find the right chain, you also need to consider link styles like: 

  • Cuban links: Cuban links are rounded links with an interlocking aesthetic. It creates a sense of flow and sophistication and can be found in widths as thin as 2mm or as wide as 19mm. 
  • Rope chains: Rope chains are made from strands of metal twisted into the shape of a rope. Not only are they durable and strong, but they are a popular choice for a linkless look, and most of them can easily fit a pendant. 
  • Figaro links: Figaro links consist of two circular links followed by a third oval one in a continuous series. This creates a sense of visual interest while still keeping it classic and timeless. These chains are typically thin, flat, and found at smaller sizes. 
  • Franco links: Franco chains feature a series of V-shaped links. If you want a thicker, bulkier chain that looks uniform throughout, the Franco link style is perfect for you. 
  • Tennis necklaces: Tennis necklaces feature squared or rounded links that each have their own stone or stones covering the surface. They can have one large stone per link in the traditional style or a more modern look with clusters of smaller stones on each link. 
  • Palm chains: Where a rope chain has a twisted rope design, a palm chain has a braided look to it. This creates a unique texture that is perfect for casual or formal looks, with more distinction between each link. 

  • Of course, these are just some examples of common chain types. There are also plenty of unique and exclusive styles out there, depending on the brand you’re shopping from. For example, at GLD, we have our signature G-link chains that can’t be found anywhere else. 

    Beyond the link style, you only need to consider three other factors: length, link size, and finish. Here’s a quick breakdown: 

  • Length: Chains are most commonly available at lengths between 16” and 30”. The shorter the length, the closer it will be to your neck. Most men wear chains 18” - 22” long, while many women go for 16” - 20” chain lengths. 
  • Link size: Links sizes are measured in millimeters, and these numbers refer to the width of the link itself. A 2mm or 3mm width is narrow and perfect for fitting a pendant, while a 10mm link size will be wide, bold, and eye-catching on its own as a statement piece. 
  • Finish: Your preferred finish is completely up to you. The warmer, classy yellow gold is perfect for a timeless look, while white gold has a cooler-toned, modern vibe. 
  • Pendants 

    Pendants are designs that hang from your chain. They are a personal touch you can add to your piece to make it more reflective of your tastes and interests. As an example, at GLD we have an exclusive collection of official NBA pendants and Marvel pendants among our many other collabs. 

    A timeless choice, though, is always the cross pendant. They’ll never go out of style, and if you’re someone who holds to a different faith, there are also many other options available that can better reflect your spiritual beliefs. 

    Beyond those, you can also pick a design that’s simple, fun, and also stylish. Symbols like a lightning bolt pendant are open to personal interpretation and can be worn with any reason or no reason at all behind them. 


    We can’t mention chains without following with bracelets. Many bracelets are crafted using the same exact links as your favorite chains but at shorter lengths to fit them around your wrist. Similarly, bracelets can be found at multiple widths and the same finishes as your chain. 

    To style a bracelet, it always looks good to match up link styles and finishes so that you can keep your look cohesive. You could easily match a Cuban link bracelet with a similar chain and keep it all looking uniform or experiment with another style for more textures. 

    As you get more comfortable with your style, you can also try going bolder and experimenting with two-tone jewelry looks that are becoming more and more popular. 


    As we get further down the arm, the designs get smaller, but the drip still stays loud. Rings are more than just something you wear when you get engaged or married. They are also powerful tools when making a first impression as you’re shaking hands. 

    Rings can be designed in link-like styles similar to your favorite chains and bracelets, or they can be streamlined metal bands with either an iced-out or plain gold finish. If you get one that looks like your favorite chain, such as a Cuban band ring, they will not have the same free-flowing movement as a chain or bracelet. Instead, they’ll be firmer in their construction while still giving the look you want. 


    Like chains, earrings are easily one of the most common types of jewelry in the game. We all know that kid who was the first to get their ears pierced when we were in school. It might’ve even been you! 

    Like a chain, pendant, bracelet, or ring, though, your choice of earrings is another extension of your unique personality. From small tube hoop earrings to dangle earrings with dramatic designs, they can be as classic or distinctive as you want them to be. 

    What matters most when you’re shopping for earrings are the posts that actually go through the piercing to hold them in your ear. Look for posts that are made with a pure, hypoallergenic metal like gold to keep everything clean and avoid irritation. 


    Watches are more than a way to keep time. They’re a symbol of your hard work, dedication to detail, and the success that you’ve experienced this far in life. It’s only going up from here, and watches are perfect for adding a professional touch to your fit. 

    We’re not talking cheap watches with plastic parts or cheap metals, though. Look for watches with premium materials, next-level craftsmanship, and innovative features like hand-set stones. 

    If you don’t want to break the bank for a watch but you still want something that’s a step above the rest, we got you. GLD watches feature patented sweeping motion mechanisms and a patented hand-setting process for stones. We only use 316L surgical grade stainless steel as our base for our watches, which is then plated in a premium-karat gold outer layer to complete the look. 

    Body Chains

    A body chain is a popular type of women’s jewelry designed to accentuate outfits with pieces like crop tops and swimwear. Body chains are meant to draw attention to places other than the neck, wrist, hands, or face areas. If you want to class up a casual outfit for a night out, you can never go wrong with one. 


    Anklets are bracelet-style pieces meant to be worn above your feet. They can add an extra touch of drip and draw attention to your favorite kicks. 

    You can also find anklets in styles that match your favorite bracelets and chains. Keep it simple and classy with a Cuban anklet or get creative with a unique design like a butterfly anklet.

    Why Gold is the Best Metal for Jewelry

    Alright, let's get real about gold. You know it, you love it, and there's a solid reason why it's been the go-to metal for jewelry since, well, forever. Gold isn't just a metal; it's a statement. It's that classic touch that elevates your outfit from fresh to iconic. But why is gold the undisputed king of jewelry metals? Let's break it down.

    • Durability and Shine: Gold stands the test of time. It doesn't corrode or tarnish, keeping your pieces looking top-tier, always.
    • Elegance Personified: Nothing beats the classic elegance of gold. It adds a warm, luxurious vibe to any outfit, making it a timeless style statement.
    • Versatility at Its Best: Gold goes with everything. Dress it up, dress it down – gold complements every outfit and skin tone. It's your MVP, adaptable to any style.
    • Long-term Value: Solid gold is an investment. Not only does it maintain its worth, but it also remains a symbol of value and taste through the years. If you want the look of gold without the high price tag, you can also get a quality gold plated or gold vermeil piece and save big without taking away from the look. 
    • Skin-Friendly: For those with sensitive skin, gold is a savior. High-quality gold is hypoallergenic, making style and comfort go hand-in-hand.

    To Ice It Out or Go with Plain Gold 

    Now, when it comes down to choosing between iced-out gold and plain gold, it's all about your vibe and the statement you want to make. 

    Iced-out gold, with those glimmering stones, is a showstopper. It's bold, it's loud, and it says you're here to be seen. Think of it as your go-to for nights out or when you're feeling extra flashy. 

    On the other side, plain gold is the epitome of classic, iconic style. It's sleek, sophisticated, and versatile, perfect for everyday wear or when you want your outfit to do the talking. 

    The real key is knowing the setting and matching your energy to it. Whether it’s the understated elegance of plain gold or the bold statement of iced-out, the choice reflects your personal style and the occasion. Remember, there’s no wrong choice here – it's all about what feels right for you.

    How to Find Quality Gold Jewelry 

    Alright, let’s dive into finding quality gold jewelry. It's not just about what catches your eye; it's about making sure you’re buying from a brand that takes care of its customers. Whether you’re looking to buy solid gold, vermeil, or gold-plated, you matter as a buyer. Here are some aspects to keep in mind while you’re shopping: 

    • Brand Reputation: Start with the brand. A solid rep is key. Look for brands that have been in the game for a while, ones that have built a name for themselves. They're the ones who aren't just about making a quick buck but about crafting pieces that last and keep you looking sharp.
    • Customer Reviews: Next up, check those reviews. What's everyone saying? Good feedback is gold (pun intended). It tells you if the brand’s pieces are hitting the mark on quality and style. If people are raving about their purchases, you're probably onto something good.
    • Transparency on Materials: This one's crucial. You want transparency about what you're buying. Is it solid gold, gold vermeil, or gold-plated? Brands that are upfront about their materials are the ones you can trust. They let you know exactly what you’re putting your money into.
    • Unique and Exclusive Designs: Keep an eye out for unique and exclusive designs. You want pieces that stand out, that say something about you. Brands that offer exclusive designs show that they're serious about providing something special, not just the same old stuff. This should extend to every aspect of the piece, from the link to the chain clasp
    • Product Guarantees: Last but definitely not least, check out the product guarantees. A brand that offers repairs or replacements is a brand that stands behind its products. It means they're confident in the quality of what they're selling, and they've got your back if something goes south.

    Finding quality gold jewelry is about doing your homework and knowing what to look for. Go for brands with a solid reputation, good reviews, clear info on materials, unique designs, and solid guarantees. Get this right, and you’re all set to add some serious quality pieces to your collection.

    Get the Dopest Jewelry in the Game for All Types 

    At GLD, you know how we do it. We’re all about giving you the pieces you need to complete the look and feeling confident doing it. From both classic and unique designs to premium materials and backing our products with lifetime guarantees, we got you. Once you’re in the #GLDGang, we take care of our own. 

    Get started today and shop the full GLD collection or hit us up anytime to learn more about a piece that catches your eye.