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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 YELLOW GOLD FILIGREE LINK BRACELET
May 19, 9:00 AM MST
14K YELLOW GOLD FILIGREE LINK BRACELET
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$42019 Bids
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14K YELLOW GOLD NUGGET BRACELET
May 19, 9:00 AM MST
14K YELLOW GOLD NUGGET BRACELET
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$66019 Bids
14K Yellow Gold Cuban Link Bracelet
Jun 23, 10:00 AM EDT
14K Yellow Gold Cuban Link Bracelet
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$37517 Bids
18K Yellow Gold Mesh Bracelet
Jun 06, 6:00 PM AEST
18K Yellow Gold Mesh Bracelet
by Pfeffer's Auctions
Est: AUD4,000- AUD5,000
AUD2,20014 Bids
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14K YELLOW GOLD ITALIAN BYZANTINE BRACELET
May 19, 9:00 AM MST
14K YELLOW GOLD ITALIAN BYZANTINE BRACELET
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$19014 Bids
A 9CT GOLD BRACELET
May 23, 3:30 PM AEST
A 9CT GOLD BRACELET
by Lawsons
Est: AUD900- AUD1,200
AUD40013 Bids
14K solid Yellow Gold Bracelet For Repair! 6 grams
May 19, 6:30 PM EDT
14K solid Yellow Gold Bracelet For Repair! 6 grams
by A KLEINS AUCTION GALLERY LLC
Est: $50- $300
$19013 Bids
14k Gold Bracelet
May 23, 10:00 AM EDT
14k Gold Bracelet
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $10,000
$14011 Bids
Signed Van Cleef & Arpels Tigers Eye 18K Gold Ladies Bracelet w/ Box, Papers, & Bag
Jun 15, 12:00 PM EDT
Signed Van Cleef & Arpels Tigers Eye 18K Gold Ladies Bracelet w/ Box, Papers, & Bag
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$1,40011 Bids
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MARK WASSERMAN SAMARA MEXICO STERLING SILVER LAPIS PANEL BRACELET
May 19, 9:00 AM MST
MARK WASSERMAN SAMARA MEXICO STERLING SILVER LAPIS PANEL BRACELET
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$12011 Bids
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14K YELLOW GOLD ITALIAN OVAL SPLIT LINK BRACELET
May 19, 9:00 AM MST
14K YELLOW GOLD ITALIAN OVAL SPLIT LINK BRACELET
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$30010 Bids
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STARBORN STERLING SILVER MIX FOSSILS STAUROLITE BRACELET
May 19, 9:00 AM MST
STARBORN STERLING SILVER MIX FOSSILS STAUROLITE BRACELET
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$7510 Bids
14k Gold Bracelet
May 23, 10:00 AM EDT
14k Gold Bracelet
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $10,000
$9510 Bids
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ANTONIO REYNA TAXCO STERLING SILVER BRACELET
May 19, 9:00 AM MST
ANTONIO REYNA TAXCO STERLING SILVER BRACELET
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$9010 Bids
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14K YELLOW GOLD SHAGGY CHAINMAILLE LOOP BRACELET
May 19, 9:00 AM MST
14K YELLOW GOLD SHAGGY CHAINMAILLE LOOP BRACELET
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$4009 Bids
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14K YELLOW GOLD LAPIS DOUBLE BAR BRACELET
May 19, 9:00 AM MST
14K YELLOW GOLD LAPIS DOUBLE BAR BRACELET
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$2209 Bids
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2PC STARBORN STERLING SILVER GEMSTONE BRACELETS
May 19, 9:00 AM MST
2PC STARBORN STERLING SILVER GEMSTONE BRACELETS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$909 Bids
14K Yellow Gold Victorian Slide Bracelet
May 19, 11:00 AM EDT
14K Yellow Gold Victorian Slide Bracelet
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $400
$4508 Bids
A Diamond and Green Chalcedony Bracelet
May 21, 10:00 AM PDT
A Diamond and Green Chalcedony Bracelet
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $600- $800
$2,0008 Bids
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14K YELLOW GOLD MULTICOLOR GARNET S LINK BRACELET
May 19, 9:00 AM MST
14K YELLOW GOLD MULTICOLOR GARNET S LINK BRACELET
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1508 Bids
Italy 14k White & Yellow Gold Bracelet
May 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Italy 14k White & Yellow Gold Bracelet
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $10,000
$1208 Bids
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2PC STARBORN STERLING SILVER GEMSTONE BRACELETS
May 19, 9:00 AM MST
2PC STARBORN STERLING SILVER GEMSTONE BRACELETS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$808 Bids
SQUARE GIA RUBY & ROUND DIAMOND BAR LINK BRACELET
May 19, 10:00 AM EDT
SQUARE GIA RUBY & ROUND DIAMOND BAR LINK BRACELET
by Confiscated Assets Auctioneers
Est: $3,000- $3,300
$1508 Bids
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MEK STERLING SILVER MODERNIST BRACELET
May 19, 9:00 AM MST
MEK STERLING SILVER MODERNIST BRACELET
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$858 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Link & Chain Bracelets


Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Papps Family Liquidation.com

Papps Family Liquidation.com

Ramblin Rose Auction Co

Ramblin Rose Auction Co