The herringbone chain style is an intricate tapestry of links, laid parallel to each other. It is a classic chain style tracing its origins to Ancient Egypt, and is named for its resemblance to the many slanted bones of the herring fish. The chain lies flat against the skin, gracefully contouring the wearer's neck.
The herringbone structure originates from a bricklaying legacy of Ancient Rome and medieval times known as opus spicatum. The pattern was often used in architecture and walkways, as the interlocking pieces distribute weight exceptionally well.
14k gold fill chain measures 3mm wide, and is available in lengths of 16" and 18".
1867 photograph of an opus spicatum wall in the Church of Santa Pudentiana, Rome. British & American Archaeological Society of Rome.
Diplomystus, the second most abundant fish at Fossil Butte. Length of original, 12cm. Collection of University of Wyoming.