Jewelry Wire Shape

The shape of jewelry wire refers to the shape of the cut end.

Historically, all wire was round.  Today, jewelry wire is manufactured in several shapes.  These include round, square, and half-round.

Although round wire tends to be more versatile, square and half-round wires are available and have their purposes. Half round wire is often wrapped around other pieces of wire, as bindings, to connect them.  Square wire is used because of its aesthetic value and can be used as is or can be twisted for a glittering, more decorative effect.