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The New Link Age?


For this new jewelry season, some of the strongest styles from Italy involve a link between some of that Mediterranean country's best brands and, well, links.

Unlike the Chanel-look chain revival of the '80s, however, this new "link age" is not about metal-only elements. Nor is it about same size and shape links on a single necklace or bracelet. At the VicenzaOro1 fair, three primary connecting factors in link looks prevailed: boldness, diversity, and organic. To that end, here's an at-a-glance review of the leading trends within the category:

  • Flat, graphic, and modern in feeling—not 3D.
  • Big, big, big links . . . and long, long, long link necklaces.
  • Organic, amorphous shapes (in a free-form Antonio Gaudi sort of way).
  • Links of mixed materials, for example, precious 18k gold links combined with semiprecious stone bead links or links of carved natural materials like ebony and fossilized ivory.
  • Contrary shapes on a single piece, for example, oval, round, and asymmetrical.
  • Very large link drop earrings to match bracelets and necklaces, with dramatic double-link and triple-link earring drops.
  • Equal offerings of shiny and textured, and many pieces in contrasting textures.
  • Most link jewelry in yellow gold, but a significant selection of gold color combinations, with a particular push for pink gold—and a bit of black.

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