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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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14KT 'POM' GOLD LINK CHAIN BRACELET 62.3 gms
Nov 27, 3:00 PM PST
14KT 'POM' GOLD LINK CHAIN BRACELET 62.3 gms
by Midnight Sun Antique Auction
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,60017 Bids
Vintage 18K Gold Designer Jewelry Bracelet
Dec 09, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage 18K Gold Designer Jewelry Bracelet
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$559 Bids
An Edwardian gold split pearl and turquoise bracelet,
Nov 30, 10:00 AM GMT
An Edwardian gold split pearl and turquoise bracelet,
by Sworders
Est: £80- £120
£1509 Bids
Vintage 10K Gold Designer Jewelry Bracelet
Dec 09, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage 10K Gold Designer Jewelry Bracelet
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$959 Bids
STERLING SILVER CAT LINK BRACELET
Nov 26, 9:00 AM MST
STERLING SILVER CAT LINK BRACELET
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$508 Bids
10-Karat Yellow-Gold Bracelet, 2.4 dwt; L: 7
Nov 29, 10:00 AM EST
10-Karat Yellow-Gold Bracelet, 2.4 dwt; L: 7
by Weschler's
Est: $50- $100
$658 Bids
Michael Dawkins Sterling S Garnet, MOP, Bracelet
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Michael Dawkins Sterling S Garnet, MOP, Bracelet
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $150- $300
$1257 Bids
Three 14-Karat Yellow-Gold and Gem Set Bracelets. 5.6 dwt; L: 7 1/4 to 7 1/2 in
Nov 29, 10:00 AM EST
Three 14-Karat Yellow-Gold and Gem Set Bracelets. 5.6 dwt; L: 7 1/4 to 7 1/2 in
by Weschler's
Est: $150- $250
$1257 Bids
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JOHN HARDY PINK TOURMALINE 18K CHAIN BRACELET
Nov 27, 10:00 AM CST
JOHN HARDY PINK TOURMALINE 18K CHAIN BRACELET
by J. Garrett Auctioneers
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$1,3007 Bids
14K I LOVE YOU Link Bracelet
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
14K I LOVE YOU Link Bracelet
by Concept Art Gallery
Est: $400- $800
$8006 Bids
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10K YELLOW GOLD HEART LINK BRACELET
Dec 04, 9:00 AM MST
10K YELLOW GOLD HEART LINK BRACELET
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$656 Bids
William Barthman 14K gold bracelet
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
William Barthman 14K gold bracelet
by South Bay Auctions Inc
Est: $500- $700
$5506 Bids
Cocktail-Armband à deux couleurs aus den 40er Jahren
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Cocktail-Armband à deux couleurs aus den 40er Jahren
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €800- €1,600
€8005 Bids
18k bar and chain-link bracelet
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
18k bar and chain-link bracelet
by South Bay Auctions Inc
Est: $500- $700
$5505 Bids
14k Gold Bracelet LOT 329
Dec 04, 5:00 PM EST
14k Gold Bracelet LOT 329
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$305 Bids
UNOAERRE, Gold bracelet
Nov 29, 11:00 AM EST
UNOAERRE, Gold bracelet
by Rago Arts and Auction Center
Est: $600- $800
$2755 Bids
An Antique Gold Curb Bracelet
Nov 27, 11:00 AM AEDT
An Antique Gold Curb Bracelet
by Gibson's Auctions
Est: AUD800- AUD1,000
AUD9005 Bids
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ITALIAN 14K PANTHER LINK BRACELET
Dec 01, 5:00 PM EST
ITALIAN 14K PANTHER LINK BRACELET
by Leighton Galleries
Est: $700- $800
$5504 Bids
Signed 18k White GOLD Multi Chain Bracelet, Italy
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Signed 18k White GOLD Multi Chain Bracelet, Italy
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $300
$3254 Bids
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3PC STERLING SILVER BRACELETS
Dec 04, 9:00 AM MST
3PC STERLING SILVER BRACELETS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$354 Bids
Antique 10K White Gold Designer Jewelry Bracelet
Dec 09, 6:00 PM EST
Antique 10K White Gold Designer Jewelry Bracelet
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$854 Bids
Mexico Sterling Silver And Amethyst Bracelet
Dec 01, 10:00 AM EST
Mexico Sterling Silver And Amethyst Bracelet
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$414 Bids
TRIFARI CROWN SIGNED BRACELET
Nov 29, 11:00 AM EST
TRIFARI CROWN SIGNED BRACELET
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $20- $200
$274 Bids
"BEC" BRACELET STERLING SILVER WOVEN LINK & ONYX
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
"BEC" BRACELET STERLING SILVER WOVEN LINK & ONYX
by Imperial Auction
Est: $300- $400
$704 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Link & Chain Bracelets


Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Vintage Auctions Online

Vintage Auctions Online

Papps Family Liquidation.com

Papps Family Liquidation.com