Steel is the most popular material for making base metal jewelry chain followed by brass. Steel is used because if it's strength, weight and cost. Once plated the steel chain will look identical to any other base metal plated chain including brass. Steel is approximately 13% lighter than brass while also being stronger.

Steel is a great choice for necklace and bracelet chains unless the item will be constantly exposed to wet conditions. In those conditions brass and stainless steel would be a better option. As strong as steel is, when choosing extremely small chains soldered brass would be your best base metal option.

Since 1967 Garlan has been one of the leading manufacturers of steel jewelry chains sold wholesale in bulk by the foot or assembled to your specifications. Steel chains are one of the most popular materials that we offer.