Professional Jeweler Archive: The Strongest Link

November 2001

Precious Metals/New Products


The Strongest Link

Innovations in links keep this category flowing


While the acerbic host of a popular TV show delights in pointing out The Weakest Link, you can benefit from The Strongest Link – in necklaces and bracelets, that is.

Designers and manufacturers this year have created highly architectural links that form unique patterns in jewelry well-suited to holiday gift-giving. Bold ovals, modern mesh, casual navettes and classic round links with whimsical stations are good choices for holiday inventory. So are creative combinations of solid and open links, matte and polished finishes and different-sized links on the same chain.

For the customer who wants something awe-inspiring, display some hand-woven chains, unusually shaped links and interesting clasps. Here’s a sample.

– by Lorraine M. O’Donnell, A.J.P.


18k gold necklace alternates matte and mesh textured links then adds a diamond lobster claw clasp, small pavé heart and large detachable pavé heart. Suggested retail, $8,550.

Judith Ripka, New York City; (212) 355-0033, fax (212) 355-8757.

Giallo neck collar of 18k gold coil has 1.05 carats of diamonds.

Marco Bicego, New York City; (866) 424-2346 or (917) 374-2306.

14k gold necklaces have distinctly different links.

HMS, Addison, TX; (800) 467-4653, fax (800) 329-4653.

14k gold toggle bracelet with 0.36 carat of diamonds is $3,864 suggested retail.

Aletto & Co., Boca Raton, FL; (561) 338-7648, fax (561) 338-5548.

Bracelets are available in white or yellow 14k gold. Suggested retail, $350-$1,500.

Leslie’s, Greenwich, CT; (800) 221-2628, fax (800) 962-4246.

18k gold navette-shaped link necklace sparkles with diamond accents.

Mattioli/KWM Exclusives, New York City; (877) KWM-GEMS or (212) 570-6065, fax (212) 570-6720.

Sterling silver link necklace is $615 suggested retail.

Margo Manhattan Ltd., New York City; (212) 532-7022, fax (212) 532-3933.

Necklaces in yellow or white 14k or 18k gold or platinum are $595-$875 suggested retail.

Links. a division of the Design Gold Group, Hollywood, FL; (954) 921-8900, fax (954) 921-8972.

From the Life collection, 18k gold necklace features wide flat links.

MB Designs with Manoel Bernardes, Minas Gerais, Brazil; (55-313) 282-3610, fax (55-313) 282-3738.

Handmade 14k bold link chains are $150-$5,525 suggested retail.

Stuller Settings Inc., Lafayette, LA; (800) 877-7777, fax (337) 981-1655, info@stuller.com, www.stuller.com.

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