Chunky Chains Encore

Necklaces and bracelets comprised of huge links retain prominence in the fashion press this season, a trend I noted in my blog at the beginning of September 2011. Here’s a look at some of the more recent images of chunky chains meant to inspire and delight:

Among the accessories that “define the glamorous urban girl’s uniform” in the February 2012 issue of Lucky is a chain-link bracelet from coldwatercreek.com.

The January 2012 issue of Elle accents a Versace ensemble, worn with a vintage jacket from What Goes Around Comes Around, with a Chanel bag and a chunky chain necklace from Michael Kors.

A chunky chain of different material is utilized in a fashion spread in the January 2012 issue of InStyle: a long chunky necklace of resin from Tory Burch.

The December 2011 issue of Marie Claire provides insights as to the origin of curb-link chains in a blurb written by Emily Layden. She writes: “Thick gold links, conceived in the 1930s by Sicilian jeweler Duke Fulco di Verdura, originally shot to fame on the wrists of Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, and Katharine Hepburn. The ‘curb’ style, a reference to the chain’s ability to lie flat, quickly became a status symbol for starlets and European princesses alike. In the ’80s, the jewelry picked up street cred on the necks of rappers like Run DMC and Slick Rick. Today, whether you wear your links large and layered like Cee-Lo Green or left alone like Garbo, they’re the perfect blend of haute and hoi polloi.” The necklace pictured is from Janis by Janis Savitt; the wristwatch and bracelet are from Verdura.

Glamour magazine named superstar Jennifer Lopez as one of its 2011 Women of the Year. Accompanying her tribute in the December 2011 issue of the magazine, Lopez appears in a substantial amount of jewelry, wearing a “Swarovski crystal necklace” from Salvatore Ferragamo and a “gold” necklace from Michael Kors, and a total of six chunky bracelets: one each from Lorraine Schwartz and Pomellato, and two each from Chanel Fine Jewelry and Verdura. Her top is from Salvatore Ferragamo and her skirt from Chris Benz.

The December 2011 issue of Elle profiles actress Jessica Biel, picturing her wearing chunky chain bracelets throughout the article. In the above photo, she wears what appears to be four sterling silver link bracelets from Chrome Hearts along with a sterling silver ring from Gregg Wolf. Biel wears a sweatshirt with leather sleeves from William Rast, a denim skirt from Acne, and a leather scarf from David Samuel Menkes.

A textured brass bracelet from Cocotay is featured as a gift idea in the December 2011 issue of InStyle.

The November 2011 issue of InStyle features a full page of chunky link jewelry: a gold-plated necklace from R.J. Graziano; a resin necklace with silver plate from Pono by Joan Goodman; a palladium- and rhodium-plated bracelet from Marc by Marc Jacobs; a gold-plated bracelet with python from Kara by Kara Ross; metal bangles with Swarovski crystals from Lisa Freede Jewelry; pewter hoop earrings from Girlprops.com; rhodium-plated earrings with pearls from Rachel Leigh, and a gold-toned ring from Michael Kors.

Chunky chains are an eye-catching classic with proven staying power.