You’ve been seeing chains everywhere lately. They’re on the runways, on television shows, on the news anchors and hanging out around the necks of women sitting next to us at the coffee bar. If you’re singing the unchained melody because you’re unsure How to Style your Antique Chains, this blog is for you! I’ve learned so much from the ladies of social media, that I’ve collected photos from some Queens of Style on Instagram to show you how it’s done.

DiamondsInTheLibrary is getting seriously lucky with the Niello chain finds. She recently found TWO MORE and pulled out this creative styling tip when I asked her to send me a pic. How about doubling one chain and clasping it through the spring ring ends of another chain? That’s why she is the Niello Queen.


Nobody has style like Beth Bernstein. Nobody. The next time you don’t know what to do with a gorgeous chain, try these moves: Unclasp it, tie it in an orverhand knot (just put one side other the other) and use each end to hold multiple charms. It will look like a lariat with lots of great charms dangling from each side.


…Or you can use an antique padlock and clasp to extend the length with flair!


Layering is always a good idea. More really is more, especially when it all looks so good! My friend Leslie said that when she gets ready to leave the house, she will ask her husband, “Is this too much?” If he replies that it is, indeed, too much, she will go layer on more for good measure. She always looks great when I see her, so I’m going to say that her strategy is working!

Several people “layer” really well. Eden Daniels from The Eden Collective, Danielle (JasmineTea) and Lady Layer herself, Lenore Dailey.


The layering doesn’t have to stop with your neck game. GemCircus shows us how to up our wrist action in this photo. Who said you always have to wear chains around your neck anyway? Why not wind them around your wrist and hook a pin through some links to use a chain and a brooch as a bracelet? She’s mixing modern and antique very well here, don’t you think?


This next picture by TreasureGarland is what I like to call, “Three Ways to Wear Chains, While One Is Pearls.” Get out your strand of pearls and use it to hold a fabulous pendant like she’s done with the cross.


This last one is a work of serious jewelry genius. LuckandLockets removed some length from a Victorian long chain and used it as a bracelet for a horseshoe conversion brooch. As you can see, it can be worn three ways: A single strand bracelet; a wrap bracelet; and clipped back into the chain itself for a layered necklace. Genius!


I hope this blog gave you some great ideas. Styling antique chains is easy with a little know- how, some creativity, and a splash of boldness. I’d love to see how you style your antique chains. Send me a picture on Facebook or tag me on Instagram so I can see your own ingenuity at work!

If these ideas aren’t inspiring enough to break out your antique chains, head over to BejeweledMagazine’s recent article on chains for more styling tips!

As I wander around shows, I inevitably learn all sorts of fun and interesting things I hadn’t known before I walked in the doors. At the NY Watch and Antique Jewelry Show a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to see a Lalique’ brooch in person and talk to Spicer-Warin about it. I learned something really important about Lalique jewelry that I didn’t know before. Read on and you’ll be a bit wiser than your friends when it comes to buying Lalique’ jewelry.

Even in a case full of amazing jewels, a Lalique piece will stand out. There’s something so dramatic, so theatrical, about his jewelry. This brooch is certainly no different. It’s a plaque shape, rather heavy, with one angel at the far right end and five singing choir to the left. I can’t tell if all the figures are supposed to be angles, but only one has wings, so you may draw your own conclusions.


There were only three of these brooches ever made. One sold at Sotheby’s in 2012 for $30,000.

One is obviously in Spicer Warin’s inventory and the last one is still at large somewhere in the world. If you have it, you may donate it to me. I won’t mind.

Here’s where it gets interesting:

Lalique didn’t like to make the exact same thing in multiples. This one was cast from a mold and three were made, as I said previously. Each of the three made, however, was slightly different. This one was made different by having light blue enamel on the back. The backs were left plain on the other two.


Now you know something about Lalique that you didn’t know before: even on cast pieces, Lalique’ took the time to make each one unique! You can thank Spicer Warin for that juicy piece of information.