Vintage 1920s Italian Link Necklaces
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Greek silversmith Sotirios Voulgaris arrived in Rome in 1881 and set up his own shop there in 1884, calling it Bulgari, an Italianization of his last name (eventually spelled BVLGARI, using the classical Latin alphabet in a nod to ancient Roman culture). In 1905, he opened the company’s flagship boutique on Rome’s Via dei Condotti. Since then, BVLGARI has looked to Rome as a source of reference for its fanciful and decidedly romantic designs for necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other accessories.
Although the iconic jewelry house found success with its silverwork and Art Deco designs, popular through the 1920s, BVLGARI’s signature style — bold, often using yellow gold embellished with big colorful gemstones — began to emerge when Sotirios’s sons inherited the business, in 1932. The brand truly hit its stride in the dolce vita era of the 1950s and ’60s, when the founder’s grandsons Paolo, Gianni and Nicola Bulgari decisively departed from demure traditional styles to develop the house’s exuberant multi-gem looks, attracting celebrity collectors like Elizabeth Taylor.
In the 1940s, BVLGARI debuted perhaps its most famous design, the Serpenti bracelet watch. The piece’s snakelike coils were made possible by the tubogas jewelry technique, which links a flexible series of thin horizontal bands. Both the sleek, modern tubogas construction and the sinuous snake motif continue to be synonymous with the BVLGARI brand.
Finding the Right link-necklaces for You
Vintage link necklaces are a popular style of jewelry that sees a flexible set of links, usually metal, fashioned into versatile neckwear. The design of link necklaces creates an engaging movement, rendering the jewelry a focal point of any outfit.
Chain necklaces date back to antiquity. These early chains frequently used the loop-in-loop technique. They evolved into symbols of prestige. Royalty in medieval Europe wore gold jewelry often adorned with beads and gemstones.
Over the centuries, artisans and jewelry makers developed different types of chain links. Chain-link necklaces with oval links or mariner links are currently fashionable, but styles have changed from one decade to the next. While some eras have favored large chains as statement pieces, others emphasized dainty jewelry, so vintage link necklaces offer a wide range of link types.
The link is an important consideration when choosing a chain. The twisted curb chain is unique and striking in form; flat link chains and cable chains feature bold oval-shaped links. Infinity chains use links of assorted sizes for added variety. In men’s jewelry, chains with box chain links or Cuban links have tight rows and angular shapes lending a more masculine flair.
Link necklaces are also made in a variety of metals. Gold link necklaces are ideal to match warmer hues; silver link necklaces pair well with cool tones in your wardrobe. A simple gold or silver chain can complement a favorite blouse, or it can be dressed up with a pendant necklace. A necklace with pearls, diamonds, amethysts or sapphires can add a pop of color.
Browse 1stDibs for a large selection of vintage link necklaces and other necklaces. From gold to silver jewelry, as well as different types of links and pendants, there is a link necklace to suit any taste.