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Linked In: Haute Reinventions of the Classic Gold Chain

Endlessly stylish, the allure of a gold chain has transcended into rings, bracelets and earrings.

By Orla Pentelow |  May 11 2021


Forget delicate, barely there links—chunky chains are having a renaissance. With a chain reaction (sorry) of game-changing contemporary jewelers putting a haute twist on the perennial gold chain, mastering the art of layering with stackable statement pieces has never been easier. For heft, head to Paris-based designer Lauren Rubinski, whose fully loaded pieces lend edge and polish to both feminine dresses and luxe sweats alike. Elsewhere, London-based Jessica McCormack’s Livewire collection pays homage to the structures seen at fairs and carnivals, from the giant slide to roller coaster rides, for a playful twist on the classic gold chain. Of course, you needn’t stick to just chain necklaces. Endlessly stylish, the allure of a gold chain has transcended into rings, bracelets and earrings, too. The famous interlocking necklaces from Tiffany & Co have been transformed into linking bracelets, while classic chunky chokers from Bottega Veneta have been remixed to form chic chunky chain earrings.

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Pomellato 18k yellow gold chain bracelet with three pavé diamond accent links (3.90 carats total weight), $37,300

Zoe Chicco 14k gold oval link and 0.20 carats diamond drop earrings, $1,050

Lizzie Mandler 18k gold knife-edge oval link chain ring with 0.11 carats, 3mm round white diamond center stone, $1,425

Tiffany & Co 18k gold link bracelet, $5,000

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Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen 18k yellow and rose gold and 0.35 carats diamond bracelet, $11,530

Bottega Veneta 18k gold-plated silver interlocking hoop earrings, $1,300

David Webb hammered 18k gold chain necklace, $29,000

Lauren Rubinski Cable-chain 14k gold necklace, $16,300

Tom Wood 9k gold-plated chain necklace, $722

Jessica McCormack 18k yellow and blackened gold chain with four 0.35 carat baguette diamonds and five 0.16 carats Carre diamonds, $49,000

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