Chainmaille can be made in various thicknesses – from 24 gage to 12 gage.  If you’re not familiar, “gage” is a means of identifying the thickness of the wire, or rings. The higher the gage number, the thicker the rings. The weave type will also have an effect on the size – some weaves are naturally wider or thicker than others, even in a larger gage.

These bracelets are all the same weave (GSG), and all made from lightweight anodized aluminum. However, the gage of the rings can change the look dramatically. The 20 gage is fine and slinky, while the 16 gage is thicker.

18 gage is the sweet spot for most bracelets and necklaces.  It is thick enough to show off the weave well, and tough enough in all metals for everyday wear.  If unsure, 18 gage is my recommendation!

18 Gage Aluminum
Stainless steel Byzantine weave in 18 gage and 20 gage.

20 gage makes a beautiful, fine chain.  Great in both stainless steel and titanium.  Anodized aluminum in this size is wearable for everyday use, but it must be treated similarly to fine silver or gold chains.  

16 gage makes for a solid, substantial feeling item in any metal – even aluminum. This size makes for a bolder piece, and is often popular with men and those who prefer more substantial jewelry.  

Copper GSG weave in 18 gage and 16 gage.
Half Persian 4-1 weave with 14 gage anodized aluminum and 18 gage stainless steel.

14 gage is definitely a statement piece.  Because of its extreme lightweight properties, aluminum in 14 gage makes a wonderfully lightweight statement piece.  But don’t write this size off for bikers and punks! A beautifully woven 14 gage piece can look stunningly elegant on a 60+ year old in a turtleneck – I’ve seen it!

22 gage is available in stainless steel and titanium ONLY.  This makes for an extra thin chain.