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About The Belcher Chain

The belcher chain is a classic British chain, originating right here in the UK. It’s thought to be named after 19th-century boxer James 'Jem' Belcher. We’ll probably never know whether the chain is directly named after him, or after the ring used to tie the belcher scarves also popularised by James Belcher, but one thing’s certain - this masculine chain style has been turning heads for centuries. 

A belcher chain is a robust chain as, when pulled, the links alternate 180 degrees. Its durability makes it a top notch choice of everyday men’s jewellery as it is less prone to accidental damage or link breakage. To compare belcher chains with other chain styles, head over to our Gold Chains Guide.

How To Choose The Right Belcher Chain Length

Belcher chains appear to look thicker than other types of chain, and choosing the right length can determine how the chain will look as part of your overall style. 

Men’s chain length typically tends to start from around 20 - 22 inches and the longer that chain, the more of a statement it usually makes. 

If you’re searching for a more subtle look, a shorter chain may be the best option - particularly if you’re planning to hang a pendant from your belcher chain. Our top tip is to choose a thinner belcher chain to make your stunning iced-out pendant stand out. 

To find the perfect chain length to suit your style, check out our ultimate chain size guide.

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