While the term link jewelry describes a certain style or aesthetic, you wouldn’t necessarily picture the same piece as your neighbor when asked to imagine one. There are simply too many variations—from heavy pavé to chunky to gold, wide, oval-shape links to elongated, more rectangular ones. It’s a straightforward concoction: Each piece loops with the next, in an endless circle of metal. That’s where the similarities, in many instances, end.
To prove my point is the new collection from Kavant & Sharart, Link No.5. Inspired by the Japanese art of origami, this line features geometric shapes that take the traditional link design and give it a jolt of elegant energy.
The collection, which started from a piece of scrap paper as a prototype, was initially made up of only necklaces, featuring five “folds” (the links)—a number that, in Thai culture, is associated with happiness. But the brand has expanded the line to feature earrings and bracelets—good thing, too, because the additions are absolutely killer.
As is every piece in the collection, really. You can opt for a slick gold piece, like the bracelet of brushed yellow links, paired with diamonds (above), or, if color is more your bag, a pair of the single-fold Origami earrings will do the trick, laid with diamonds or gemstones like emeralds, rubies, or—my personal favorites—purple and black sapphires.
You really can’t go wrong any which way you choose to link up with (sorry, had to) this collection.
Kavant & Sharart was started in 2011, the same year its founders, Nuttapon “Kenny” and Shar-Linn Liew tied the knot. With their marriage came the blending of their differentiating design viewpoints—his, a flair for the avant-garde; hers, the calling of the Art Deco period. The resulting designs are positively splendid—this marriage works (in life and in design, too).
“The collection as a whole has a distinctive sense of Asian flavor with modern sensibilities, which we are really proud of as Asians,” said Shar-Linn, in a statement about Link No.5. “It is a core collection we look to grow and develop as we build our identity. We definitely see the importance of achieving sculptural perfection while also bearing in mind the wearability of each piece.”
Top: Link No.5 necklace in 18k yellow gold with 10.5 cts. t.w. pink sapphires and 0.62 ct. t.w. diamonds, $11,860Follow JCK on Instagram: @jckmagazine
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