Jewelry trends ranging from artfully layered edits to throwback ‘90s hoop earrings and sculptural art-inspired bijoux have transitioned from chic summer styles to sartorial fall fixtures that are essential for any jewelry arsenal. The trend we’re loving most through 2021, however, combines the intricacy of the luxe chain-link layered look, the boldness of retro hoops and the novelty of more sculptural pieces.
The influx of chain-link necklaces from jewelry brands that range from Tiffany & Co. to Alighieri and Bottega Veneta have upped the ante across the board of the most coveted pieces to own now. With their utilitarian slant, opulent materiality and astute design, chain-link necklaces are without a doubt the staple for the fall 2021 season. The fashion week runways have cemented the chain-link’s high-fashion appeal, with brands such as Chanel, Chloé, Saint Laurent and Sacai all punctuating their fall/winter 2021 collections with chunky, chain-link jewels.
Whether its a statement piece that loves the limelight and illuminates the decolletage or a subtle—yet evergreen—staple that can be easily incorporated into any ensemble, our editors have sources the best of the best to round out their edit of the season’s chicest iterations. Keep reading for your guide to the best designer chain-link necklaces for women—and chic tips on how to layer them!