Style Snapshot: Messy Chain

Design Idea D82U Necklace and Earrings
by Jamie Smedley, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

In the "more is always better" aesthetic, one of the ongoing trends is attention-demanding jewelry resembling chain that has become hopelessly tangled at the bottom of a jewelry box. The "messy chain" style features chaotic tangles of multicolored, multi-finished chains. While the materials list is complex, the construction is simple: knot, loop, twist, tangle, dangle and bind chains of all sizes, metals and colors into a chaotic, yet attractive piece of statement jewelry.

Style Snapshot: Messy Chain Phenomenon

Originally, the messy chain style was a chain-only aesthetic, mixing antiqued and shiny finishes, as well as colorfully painted chains--all of which appear to be randomly planned and mysteriously held in place! It incorporated chains of all styles, sizes, finishes and colors, knotted, tangled and secured using jump rings or wire threaded throughout. Some designers leave long loose chain dangles, giving the look of tassels or fringe, while others opt for using aluminum chain to reduce weight while offering a large link chain look.

Style Snapshot: Messy Chain Phenomenon Style Snapshot: Messy Chain Phenomenon

The trend has expanded to include other materials: pearls, beads, baubles, charms and other dangly bits--as well as interwoven strands of other materials such as knotted cord, knotted leather, velvet and chainmaille.

Style Snapshot: Messy Chain Phenomenon Style Snapshot: Messy Chain Phenomenon

Balance is important to this "more is more" trend. To maintain symmetry and balance, the Chain Sta tool is essential for checking drape and wearability.

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