This chain is stunning, but a bit odd! It is made small bead-links that slide along a brass wire. Each aged brass link is just over 1/4 inch, so when you order by the inch, you'll get a little more so that you don't lose a link. We would have thought that cutting between the beads would allow them to slide off the inner chain - but the beads remain on the wire! Amazing. We cut the chain to order, so yours will be all one length and you'll get full links, so you needn't fret about how much to order!