Trending: Big Chain Link Jewelry to Give and Receive

Want to get a head start on your holiday shopping? It might help to zero in on a single jewelry style that will work for all the fashion girls on your list. This year I’m concentrating on a hot runway and Instagram trend: big chain link jewelry. Care to join me?

Chain links are a classic jewelry motif, and since the reemergence of “everything ‘80s” they’re bigger and bolder than ever. After years of delicate, layered micro-chains, it’s refreshing to see styles with a little extra gravitas.

Big chain link jewelry—the chunkier the better—will stand up to winter’s eclectic prints and heavier textures. Here are a few pieces at the very top of my list.

A Gold Chain Link Necklace

Hailey Balwin in Bold Gold Chain Link Choker. Photo @harpersbazaarus
Hailey Baldwin in Bold Gold Chain Link Choker. Photo @harpersbazaarus

One of the season’s must-haves, a bold gold chain link necklace will work with everything you and your giftees own. I’m loving my gold-plated version on a ribbed-knit sweater, or layered with a locket under a crisp white shirt.

A gold chain link choker can also light up an LBD or a velvet pantsuit for holiday parties. But just because it makes a big statement, don’t think of it as only a dress-up piece. Consider wearing chain links with casual looks and athletic wear, as Hailey Baldwin does in the photo above.

Resin Chains for a Change

Cable Knit and Chunky Chain @nycbambi. Big Chain Link Necklace at $XX. Designer Ashley Pittman-brown-safu-horn-chain-necklace, $750, at modeoperandi. amazon $99. Marbelized Bone Link Necklace, $38, at baaublebar.
Top: Cable Knits and Chunky Chains @nycbambi; Designer Ashley Pittman Brown Safu Horn Chain Necklace, $750, at; Marbelized Resin Necklace in Bone, $38, at Bottom: Gold-tone Chain Links @baublebar; Kenneth Jay Lane Tortoise Resin Necklace, $98, on; Closeup of Marbelized Bone Necklace at Baublebar.

Resin chain link necklaces in tortoise shell were all over the fall and winter runways, but the best ones tend to be rather pricey. I prefer BaubleBar’s Marbelized Resin Chain in bone color. For only $38, it will work right through the spring and summer months too.

The Catalina Gold Link Bracelet by Julie Vos

Julie Vos Catalina Link Bracelet. $195,@julievos; Lineup Bracelet Trio, $42, at
Julie Vos Catalina Link Bracelet. $295, @julievos; Lineup Bracelet Trio, $42, at

My hands-down favorite holiday gift this year is the 24K gold-plated Catalina Link Bracelet by New York-based designer Julie Vos. To my eye, this quintessential chain link bracelet has the unmistakable patina of a real gold legacy piece.

I wear Vos’s beautiful bracelet solo, or sometimes stacked with my 14K gold bangles (I’ve even clipped on a charm or two). It’s a bit of a splurge at $295, but to me it’s worth every penny. Available at

Gold Chain Link Earrings

Neiman Marcus by Veta Fede, $60. Forever 21, $4.90. Rivka Friedman Chain Earrings, Saks Off Fifth, $51.50
Vita Fede Earrings, $60, at Neiman Marcus; Gold Chain Link Drops at Forever 21, $4.90; Rivka Friedman Earrings, Saks Off Fifth, $51.50.

Earrings are the perfect Secret Santa gift, so start a chain reaction among your BFFs. This year I’m giving long, multi-link drops in gold-tone metal. Forever 21 has a stocking stuffer pair for just under $5 (that’s not a typo). At this price, we can all spread the holiday ear cheer far and wide!

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