Italy has long been an important place when it comes to jewellery making, and particularly the art of chain necklace manufacture. It's likely that the box chain we know today has its roots either in the Venetian manin chain - which sits somewhere between the modern, mirrored box chain, and a tightly linked, curved belcher chain. Alternatively, it has developed from the Victorian book chain - those very sturdy looking chains you may have seen holding a silver locket. The modern box chain has very distinctive square links with 90 degree angles and edges. Box chains are highly reflective due to the many flat surfaces and make for very beautiful jewellery items including necklaces and bracelets. They can be dainty or wide, and as their depth equals their width, can appear quite a bit chunkier than their flat chained counterparts, such as the curb or the figaro. Some box chains are given a slight curve, but the majority are square with right angles.