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With so much novelty in the earring category (Climbers! Cuffs!) the arm parties of yore — colossal stacks of mismatched bracelets worn together in a jumble — have been displaced as the center of the jewelry universe. That doesn’t mean that wrists have to go bare to look current.

Tanya Dukes


Senior editor, INSTORE and INDESIGN.
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ith so much novelty in the earring category (Climbers! Cuffs!) the arm parties of yore — colossal stacks of mismatched bracelets worn together in a jumble — have been displaced as the center of the jewelry universe. That doesn’t mean that wrists have to go bare to look current.

Instead of wearing a cascade of lots of little pieces, the pendulum is poised to swing in the opposite direction. Slipping into a single piece with a bit of heft to it is the cool way to wear bracelets now. And it doesn’t take a revolutionary, avant-garde design to do the trick. Some of the styles on the verge of popularity are variations on the classic link bracelet.

Texture and tiny details are what distinguish the new link bracelets from their predecessors. Instead of perfectly regular, high-shine pieces, look for styles that feature a mix of metals, finishes and colors—sometimes all at once. They’re reassuringly familiar but still have enough flair to look contemporary. Some designers are tweaking familiar formulas in their own image: Ann Dexter-Jones ID bracelets feature a sliver of semiprecious stone where ordinarily an engraving would appear and the closure of Loren Stewart’s Cuban link chain is in the shape of a playful barbell charm.

Any of the pieces in this slideshow looks perfect worn solo, but if the impulse to layer is too powerful to ignore, it’s easy enough to mix them with another bracelet or two.

The Chain Gang: Hefty Link Bracelets Are the New New Thing
Spinelli Kilcollin Periodic bracelet in silver and 18K gold with grey diamonds, MSRP: $14,000

The Chain Gang: Hefty Link Bracelets Are the New New Thing
Ann Dexter Jones Design malachite and silver ID bracelet, MSRP: $3,630

The Chain Gang: Hefty Link Bracelets Are the New New Thing
Loren Stewart Cuban sterling silver chain charm bracelet, MSRP: $495

The Chain Gang: Hefty Link Bracelets Are the New New Thing
Aurélie Bidermann 18K hammered link bracelet, MSRP: $4,220

The Chain Gang: Hefty Link Bracelets Are the New New Thing
Malcolm Betts silver and 22K heavy link bracelet

The Chain Gang: Hefty Link Bracelets Are the New New Thing
Ippolita Glamazon sterling silver bracelet, MSRP: $795

 

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With so much novelty in the earring category (Climbers! Cuffs!) the arm parties of yore — colossal stacks of mismatched bracelets worn together in a jumble — have been displaced as the center of the jewelry universe. That doesn’t mean that wrists have to go bare to look current.

Tanya Dukes


Senior editor, INSTORE and INDESIGN.
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ith so much novelty in the earring category (Climbers! Cuffs!) the arm parties of yore — colossal stacks of mismatched bracelets worn together in a jumble — have been displaced as the center of the jewelry universe. That doesn’t mean that wrists have to go bare to look current.

Instead of wearing a cascade of lots of little pieces, the pendulum is poised to swing in the opposite direction. Slipping into a single piece with a bit of heft to it is the cool way to wear bracelets now. And it doesn’t take a revolutionary, avant-garde design to do the trick. Some of the styles on the verge of popularity are variations on the classic link bracelet.

Texture and tiny details are what distinguish the new link bracelets from their predecessors. Instead of perfectly regular, high-shine pieces, look for styles that feature a mix of metals, finishes and colors—sometimes all at once. They’re reassuringly familiar but still have enough flair to look contemporary. Some designers are tweaking familiar formulas in their own image: Ann Dexter-Jones ID bracelets feature a sliver of semiprecious stone where ordinarily an engraving would appear and the closure of Loren Stewart’s Cuban link chain is in the shape of a playful barbell charm.

Any of the pieces in this slideshow looks perfect worn solo, but if the impulse to layer is too powerful to ignore, it’s easy enough to mix them with another bracelet or two.

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The Chain Gang: Hefty Link Bracelets Are the New New Thing
Spinelli Kilcollin Periodic bracelet in silver and 18K gold with grey diamonds, MSRP: $14,000

The Chain Gang: Hefty Link Bracelets Are the New New Thing
Ann Dexter Jones Design malachite and silver ID bracelet, MSRP: $3,630

The Chain Gang: Hefty Link Bracelets Are the New New Thing
Loren Stewart Cuban sterling silver chain charm bracelet, MSRP: $495

The Chain Gang: Hefty Link Bracelets Are the New New Thing
Aurélie Bidermann 18K hammered link bracelet, MSRP: $4,220

The Chain Gang: Hefty Link Bracelets Are the New New Thing
Malcolm Betts silver and 22K heavy link bracelet

The Chain Gang: Hefty Link Bracelets Are the New New Thing
Ippolita Glamazon sterling silver bracelet, MSRP: $795

 

 

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When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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