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Chain Necklaces Go Bigger And Bolder


If it feels like we’ve been grooving on chain jewelry for quite some time now, it’s because we have. For some reason, paper clip chains seem to define the pandemic for me. Maybe because I wrote about them trending on more than one occasion and then purchased one for myself from quarantine.

Nam Cho diamond chain
Modern chain in 18k yellow, white, and rose gold with diamonds, price on request; Nam Cho
Sabbia D’Oro choker in 18k white and rose gold with diamonds, $6,800; Miseno
Carbon Hyde antique link necklace
Antique link necklace in 14k yellow gold, $12,995; Carbon & Hyde

That purchase will continue to endure, as chains aren’t going anywhere. But they do seem to be getting bigger. Bold, gold, and chunky, chain-link necklaces are capturing attention in forms ranging from large to supersize, and damn, do they look good.

Alison Nagasue sliced link necklace
Sliced link necklace in 14k yellow gold and sterling silver, $4,215; Alison Nagasue
Lola Zyscovich rutilated quartz chain
Celestial Orb necklace in 18k yellow gold and sterling silver with natural rutilated quartz, $2,485; Lola Zyscovich Jewelry
Anna Zuckerman chain necklace
Olivia 18 necklace in yellow gold–plated sterling silver with pavé crystals, $1,495; Anna Zuckerman

The fall fashion runways started to show giant chains last year, and the most recent edition of fashion week cemented the style—with Tom Ford, Monse, Schiaparelli, and more showcasing chain necklaces in one way or another, both in New York and Paris.

Mimi Favre Studio graduated link necklace
Graduated link necklace in recycled 18k yellow gold, $9,500; Mimi Favre Studio
Steely necklace in sterling silver and brass with tourmaline and vintage Venetian and African trade beads, $275; Amulet by D
Emily Marquis chain necklace
Chain necklace in 14k yellow gold, $8,400; Emily Marquis

Maybe it’s that we’re still going with the whole “see and be seen” vibe. Maybe it’s the “more is more” mantra that we’ve embodied as we’ve busted out of quarantine. Maybe it’s that necklaces are the new earrings because they don’t get tangled up in your mask, and we’d rather draw attention to something cool and shiny below the face rather than focus on the fact that masks are still necessary. Maybe it’s just the natural evolution of fashion and the fact that big chains look really effortless and chic.

Preeti Sandhu pave curb chain
Pavé curb chain in 14k gold–plated sterling silver with white sapphire, $1,400; Preeti Sandhu
Uniform Object Modular heavy metal necklace
Modular Heavy Metal necklace in 18k yellow gold with diamonds, $32,000; Uniform Object

“Chunky jewelry is definitely back. For me, it’s the tactile nature, and the feeling you get when wearing it is almost as important as the aesthetic,” said David Farrugia, founder and designer of Uniform Object, whose first collection, Supernaut, leans heavily on chains. “I love feeling the weight of a heavy necklace or ring. Consumers want something that will be noticed and they can feel is worth the investment.”

Whatever the reason, I’m glad they’re here.

Top: Chain necklace in 18k rose gold with diamonds, $30,000; Walters Faith

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By: Brittany Siminitz

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