For those who like their jewellery chunky and bold, the Orlando Necklace is a real beauty. Made from vintage acrylic links and rhodium plated silver, it exudes a rich monochrome sophistication, making it both elegant and modern and fun at the same time. Paired with a two-piece suit it would bring a touch of whimsy, modernity and character to an otherwise serious ensemble.
Chain style necklaces are believed to date back to as early as 2500BC, to the time of the Egyptians. This ancient civilisation began the technique of threading hammered links of gold and silver wire together to create interconnected lengths of metal. The Ancient Greeks took this practice one step further by creating carved or hammered pendants to wear on the chains in decoration. Around the 8th Century BC the invention of ‘strap chain’ became commonplace, giving rise to the practice of chain making that we still see and use today.
Whilst traditional chain is made using a metal alloy, such as gold or silver or brass, modern chain jewellery is much more varied. Many noted jewellery designers have experimented with other, unusual materials such as gemstone chain links (Seaman Schepps), wooden chain links (Chanel) and glass chain links (Archimede Seguso). The Orlando Necklace (and many other chain-link necklaces from our Plastic Fantastic collection) hopes to show that vintage lucite can be a great material to use for chains, especially when it is up-cycled and turned into a timeless designs.
- Black rhodium
- Sterling silver