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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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800 Silver Filigree Bracelet
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800 Silver Filigree Bracelet
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Sterling Silver Skull Bracelet
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Est: $10- $1,000
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by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
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Est: $10- $1,000
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Est: $10- $1,000
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Gold Filled Bracelet
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$239 Bids
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Sterling Silver Bracelet
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$319 Bids
Gold Filled Bracelet With White Stones
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Gold Filled Bracelet With White Stones
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$168 Bids
800 Silver Filigree Bracelet With Green Stones
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800 Silver Filigree Bracelet With Green Stones
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$197 Bids
14KT GOLD ROPE CHAIN BRACELET
Oct 24, 3:00 PM PDT
14KT GOLD ROPE CHAIN BRACELET
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Est: $200- $300
$2256 Bids
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Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
Sterling Silver Mexico Mid Century Modern Bracelet
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Est: $0- $0
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Jade Lavendar Bangle Bracelet
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Jade Lavendar Bangle Bracelet
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$216 Bids
~7" JUDITH RIPKA STERLING AND LAPIS BRACELET
Oct 24, 2:00 PM EDT
~7" JUDITH RIPKA STERLING AND LAPIS BRACELET
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Est: $0- $0
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Israel Sterling Silver 935 Colored Stone Bracelet
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
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Est: $10- $1,000
$216 Bids
14K Gold Italian Bracelet
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
14K Gold Italian Bracelet
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$1105 Bids
Sterling Silver Bracelet
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Sterling Silver Bracelet
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Est: $10- $1,000
$95 Bids
Signed Jennini Enameled Bracelet
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Signed Jennini Enameled Bracelet
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$135 Bids
Gold Filled Coral Carved Bracelet
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Gold Filled Coral Carved Bracelet
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$105 Bids
Sterling Silver Zuni petit point Earrings
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Sterling Silver Zuni petit point Earrings
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$115 Bids
14K Gold “You're Mine, I’m Yours” Ankle Bracelet
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
14K Gold “You're Mine, I’m Yours” Ankle Bracelet
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$655 Bids
800 Silver Cameo Bracelet
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
800 Silver Cameo Bracelet
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$85 Bids
Italian 14k Gold Satin Link Bracelet
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Italian 14k Gold Satin Link Bracelet
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$2204 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Link & Chain Bracelets


Papps Family Liquidation.com

Papps Family Liquidation.com

Berner's Auction Gallery

Berner's Auction Gallery

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida