Decoding the History Of Chain Jewelry - Tanzire

Decoding the History Of Chain Jewelry

Chain jewelry is possibly one of those few jewelry types that have undergone massive changes and modifications over the years and yet, somehow, remained the same. From being an expression of culture to becoming a statement of gender-fluidity, chain jewelry defined eras in it’s own right, and it continues to do so today. 

A Brief History of Chains

Dating back to 2500 BC, chain jewelry can be found in the remnants of Ancient Egypt as treasures found in tombs of their kings and queens. By 300 BC the elite class around the world was wearing chains with gemstones and charms. As can be seen in period dramas like The Tudors bulky chain necklaces were fashionably strapped around the royals of England, Germany, etc. 

The Hip Hop Bling

Bling chains have been an important part of hip hop culture from the ‘70s to early ‘90s. American Rapper Hip Hop group Run DMC set the trend for heavy rope chain necklaces in the early ‘80s along with rappers like LL Cool J and Biggie Smalls

These artists also popularised cuban link chains, which is a highly sought-after jewelry trend even today. Traditionally handcrafted in a few select shops of Miami, these cuban chains can cost upto a hundred thousand dollars per piece. 

The influence of hip hop over current fashion and jewelry styling trends has evolved into a more urban, decadent style.

The Instagram Era

From a low-key outfit to a date-night dress, gold chain jewelry has become an essential accessory to our modern ensembles. Take a look at the hottest Millennial and GenZ approved chain jewelry trends of 2021. 

1. Chunky Links

Heavy, statement-making chain link necklaces are all the rave over social media. Fashion lovers cannot get enough of these tough-chick links and neither can we.

Handmade Gold Vermeil Plated Double Layer Chain Link Choker Necklace

Link Chain Choker Tanzire x AJ&Co

2. Minimal Bling

Minimal fashion is the bold statement today. From dainty rings to delicate necklaces, these pieces exude class and sophistication while making a stand of their own.

Handmade Gold Vermeil Plated Minimal Chain Link Ring

3. Lariats For Days

Witness the resurgence of lariat necklaces. Giving a mysterious yet classy vibe, lariat chain necklaces have been given a chic upgrade that people can’t get enough of in 2021.

Handmade Gold Vermeil Plated Drop Chain Lariat Necklace Studded With White Zircon Stones

Zircon Lariat Necklace Tanzire x AJ&Co

4. DIY Chain

Chains link jewelry that you can modify as per your style, need we say more? For the generation who is constantly seeking something new, this jewelry comes as a blessing, giving them the freedom to transform according to their mood.

Handmade Gold Plated Detachable Chain Link Dangle Earrings

Detachable Chain Earrings Tanzire x PD Paola 

5. The Herringbone Love

For those who love to layer and create their own look, herringbone chains are their first-love. Stacked or solo, these delicate herringbone chains are grabbing people’s attention from every corner of the world.

Handmade Gold Vermeil Plated Herringbone Chain Necklace

Herringbone Chain Tanzire x AJ&Co


Though a classic and historical trend, chain link jewelry always finds a way to adapt and transform itself into current jewelry fashion, and we can’t help but love it.

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