About: The Chain Collection
The Italy’s rich history in chainmaking form the ground of our Chain Collection. In this Collection we work with a combination of three of the most famous chain in history, mixing them to a contemporary look.
The story tells that Italian chain makers named the chains by the classical operas The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro. Trying to attach their new style of chain to the celebrities and popular culture of the moment.
Chains date at least back to 2500 BC, and we can give credit to the Ancient Egyptians for threading links of gold and silver together – much like we thank them for hammering out sheets of gold and rolling it into early wire. Gold was plentiful in Classical Greece, and the Greeks created 3-dimensional pendants to wear on the chains. Around the 8th century BC, “strap chain” was developed, which is strands of chain that are connected to lie side-by-side, creating a fabric-like flexible band.
By 300 BC, the elite upper-class was wearing chains that contained gemstones in the links. Leonardo da Vinci improved on chain design during the Renaissance, a period when personal ornamentation was starting to become a must. In medieval times, the brooch was the most common piece of jewelry; in the Renaissance, this shifted to a pendant worn on a long gold chain.
For the upper classes, these lavish pendants often illustrated Biblical scenes, or emblems representing the names of saints or loved ones. More functional pendants have been found, as well, such as pendants containing toothpicks!