Origins: The History of the "San Marco" Chain

Origins: The History of the "San Marco" Chain

The San Marco bracelet is characterized by its unique link design, which consists of interlocking links that are smooth and polished. The links are typically flat and wide, creating a sleek and sophisticated look. The bracelet is known for its flexibility and how it drapes elegantly on the wrist.

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First created in the 15th century in Venice, Italy, they have since become a symbol of Italian culture and style. Named after one of the most iconic Piazza's of the city, this bracelet was inspired by the city's famous bridges. Piazza San Marco is the city's main public square and contains its most famous buildings such as St Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace. Napoleon called it “the world's most beautiful drawing room”. Piazza San Marco is in the heart of Venice.

St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy
Piazza San Marco


The San Marco bracelet rose to prominence in the 1970s and 1980s when it became a popular fashion accessory, particularly in the United States. Its sleek and elegant design captured the attention of fashion enthusiasts and celebrities, solidifying its status as a timeless piece of jewelry.

Over the years, the San Marco bracelet has evolved to incorporate various metals and gemstones, offering a range of options to suit different styles and preferences. Despite these variations, the classic design of the bracelet remains a popular choice for those seeking a refined and timeless accessory.

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This iconic design has been replicated and entered the mainstream around the world by designers such as Tiffany and Buccellati, among others. While the core design remains, designers play with scale and texture to create a variety of stunning looks.

Today, the San Marco bracelet continues to be a sought-after piece of jewelry, beloved for its elegant design and symbolic connection to the historic beauty of Venice. Whether worn as a standalone statement piece or layered with other bracelets, the San Marco bracelet remains a classic and versatile choice for those with a discerning sense of style.

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