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Link & Chain Bracelets

The chain or link bracelet has held its place throughout history as a symbol of continuity or eternity, its circling links a natural parallel to the circle of life. Chain link bracelets and necklaces appear across our globe’s ancient cultures, from ancient Babylonian city of Ur (present-day Iraq) to Mesoamerican cultures.

While the earliest versions were simple looped rings of gold or silver, as time progressed these chains exhibited increasing finesse. The links, for example, became more uniform, and the gauge of each link began to vary depending on the context of its use.

By the Renaissance, hefty gold chains had become a symbol of power for men. Hans Holbein’s iconic portrait of Henry VIII from 1540, for instance, depicts the royal wearing an elaborate chain link strand bedazzled with inset pearls and gems. At the same time, women ported more delicate yet equally dazzling versions in both necklace and bracelet form. This tradition continues today, with chain and link bracelets an elegant complement to larger jewelry pieces or a stand-alone statement piece depending on its gauge.


Quick Facts

  • One of the earliest surviving examples of ancient linked chain dating to 2nd or 3rd century Rome appeared at a Christie’s auction in 2012. The chain closed with a marvelous clasp in the shape of a wheel, reinforcing the circular implications of the chain’s design, and sold for $10,625
  • The Duchess of Windsor once held in her collection a sapphire chain link bracelet. Designed by Cartier in 1945, the bracelet consisted of a series of links, each of which was created out of successive cushion-cut sapphires in varying shades of blue set in gold. The piece sold in 2013 for the price of $377, 697
  • A chain necklace ranks as one of the top ten most expensive items offered by the iconic Hermès brand in 2013. Known as the “Chaine D’Ancre” necklace, it features 17 inches, or 150 grams, of 18 karat yellow gold

Recommended Items at Auction

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14k Gold Bracelet
Apr 20, 9:00 AM EDT
14k Gold Bracelet
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$26014 Bids
VINTAGE 18K GOLD RED CORAL CAMEO LINK BRACELET
Apr 21, 10:00 AM EDT
VINTAGE 18K GOLD RED CORAL CAMEO LINK BRACELET
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$45012 Bids
Gold Bracelets
Apr 20, 9:00 AM EDT
Gold Bracelets
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$6012 Bids
18 Karat Yellow Gold Link Bracelet
Apr 17, 9:00 AM PDT
18 Karat Yellow Gold Link Bracelet
by Abell Auction
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$1,4008 Bids
YELLOW GOLD DIAMOND BRACELET
Apr 20, 10:00 AM CDT
YELLOW GOLD DIAMOND BRACELET
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $500- $1,000
$6007 Bids
Sterling Silver Bracelet
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Sterling Silver Bracelet
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$96 Bids
Sterling Silver Italian Bracelet
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Sterling Silver Italian Bracelet
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$96 Bids
Italian 14K Yellow Gold Rope Chain Bracelets, L 8" 18g 2 pcs
Apr 18, 11:00 AM EDT
Italian 14K Yellow Gold Rope Chain Bracelets, L 8" 18g 2 pcs
by DuMouchelles
Est: $300- $500
$3756 Bids
Sterling Silver Mexico Bracelet
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Sterling Silver Mexico Bracelet
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$266 Bids
Cartier 'Maillon Panthere' 18 Karat White Gold Bracelet
Apr 17, 9:00 AM PDT
Cartier 'Maillon Panthere' 18 Karat White Gold Bracelet
by Abell Auction
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$2,5006 Bids
14k Gold Bracelet
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
14k Gold Bracelet
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$506 Bids
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Gold Bracelet, length 20 cm, total weight 13 grams
Apr 18, 2:00 PM AEST
Gold Bracelet, length 20 cm, total weight 13 grams
by Shapiro Auctioneers
Est: AUD500- AUD700
AUD6106 Bids
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10K YELLOW GOLD NOAH'S ARK FILIGREE BRACELET
Apr 20, 1:00 PM EDT
10K YELLOW GOLD NOAH'S ARK FILIGREE BRACELET
by Florida Estate Sales Inc.
Est: $150- $10,000
$1306 Bids
10K YELLOW GOLD ANKLET 10 INCH FIGARO
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
10K YELLOW GOLD ANKLET 10 INCH FIGARO
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $150- $200
$1205 Bids
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Gold and Hardstone Egyptian Bracelet, length 19.5cm, total weight 16 grams
Apr 18, 2:00 PM AEST
Gold and Hardstone Egyptian Bracelet, length 19.5cm, total weight 16 grams
by Shapiro Auctioneers
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD1,1505 Bids
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Gold Bracelet, length 19cm, total weight 17.3 grams
Apr 18, 2:00 PM AEST
Gold Bracelet, length 19cm, total weight 17.3 grams
by Shapiro Auctioneers
Est: AUD700- AUD900
AUD1,0005 Bids
Italy Sterling Silver Gold Tone Bracelet
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Italy Sterling Silver Gold Tone Bracelet
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$295 Bids
Baccarat Sterling Silver Green Crystal Bracelet & Box
Apr 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Baccarat Sterling Silver Green Crystal Bracelet & Box
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $80- $250
$305 Bids
Sterling Silver Bracelet
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Sterling Silver Bracelet
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$315 Bids
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Gold Bracelet, length 18cm, total weight 15 grams
Apr 18, 2:00 PM AEST
Gold Bracelet, length 18cm, total weight 15 grams
by Shapiro Auctioneers
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD7905 Bids
A VICTORIAN STYLE SILVER TASSEL BRACELET
Apr 18, 3:30 PM AEST
A VICTORIAN STYLE SILVER TASSEL BRACELET
by Lawsons
Est: AUD300- AUD400
AUD1105 Bids
14K Gold Flower Bracelet
Apr 20, 9:00 AM CDT
14K Gold Flower Bracelet
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$455 Bids
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9K SOLID GOLD CURB LINK BRACELET & PADLOCK
Apr 20, 1:00 PM EDT
9K SOLID GOLD CURB LINK BRACELET & PADLOCK
by Florida Estate Sales Inc.
Est: $400- $10,000
$4005 Bids
Gold Plated Figural Acrobat Chain Bracelet
Apr 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Gold Plated Figural Acrobat Chain Bracelet
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $40- $80
$104 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Link & Chain Bracelets


Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Berner's Auction Gallery

Berner's Auction Gallery

Papps Family Liquidation.com

Papps Family Liquidation.com