A single chain won’t do it for Gen Z, a generation that demands far more than one simple strand necklace.
The chunky gold necklace trend is sparkling all over social media apps like Instagram and TikTok, layering chokers, pendants and thick golden chains to create a curated gilded look.
Silver jewelry had its time in the spotlight for a while but is now being demoted to second place, according to Gen Z. Gold has taken the winning spot on their necks for now, as seen in this viral video from user @alainabludworth poking fun at silver jewelry lovers.
Even if you still love all metals, having a few chunky gold chains on hand isn’t a bad idea, as they can dress up any casual look into a more elegant one with a simple shiny strand or two. Or, if you need some out-off-the-box celebrity inspiration, you could get a chain for the man in your life a la Jake Gyllenhaal or drape them over your baby bump like Cardi B. What we don’t recommend, however, is surgically implanting them into your scalp like rapper Dan Sur did, just in case the trend changes.
The good news is that you don’t need to be an influencer, a celebrity or super-wealthy to get in on the gold trend, as there are many affordable options that give the illusion of the luxe style without the flashy price tag. Read on for both affordable and opulent chunky gold chains from a variety of online retailers, with plenty of gold-plated options in the middle, too.
Go big or go home with BaubleBar. The larger-sized Michel necklace is a perfect piece to start your chunky chain collection with or wear on its own for a statement chain. The very reasonably-priced piece is made of brass with a gold coating made to last wear after wear.
Gold-plated pieces are the way to go when transitioning from costume jewelry to more high-end, and Edge of Ember has a great variety of chains in that sweet spot. The Chunky Rope Chain Necklace is a great layering piece, as it is a bit skinnier than other chains but can hold its own when worn alone.
Amazon is the king of all things viral, so of course, when the gold chain trend started, the site was flooded with great options. Get two for the price of one with this set of two chains, one with your initial on the disk pendant. The paperclip chain is 14k gold plated, giving off a high-quality shine at a low price.
Take all the work out of layering with a pair of paperclip necklaces for only $48. The Victoria Emerson chains are made of 14K gold-plated stainless steel, and measure 16.5 inches and 17.7 inches respectively, for the perfect stack.
When styling your neck, we pick this as the statement chain. The Electric Picks chain comes with a beautiful freshwater pearl in the middle, bringing together the elegance of older styles with the new gold trend.
This one is a splurge, but totally worth it if you also love gold bracelets. This three-in-one piece can be worn as a chain as seen in the photo. It can also be taken apart and made into two bracelets, complete with clasps so you’d never know it was once a necklace. Plus, it is made of high-quality 18K gold vermeil that shines just as bright as you will while wearing.
You’ll feel like a celebrity rapper with this ice dripping off your neck. The Cuban Choker from IceLink is a major statement, with a 14K gold-plated chain link necklace covered in 732 white gemstones.
Kendra Scott does more than just pendants, and this trendy chain is proof. The Kassie Chain is made of 14k gold plated over brass, for an affordable but beautiful piece to layer or wear alone.
This set by Melinda Maria is a fun and funky way to embrace the gold chain trend while adding a unique twist. The set comes with a chunky chain made of pins, as well as a safety pin pendant, both made of 18k gold plating and white “Diamondettes.”
You’ve got mail. Chain mail to be exact, and in a stunning two-tone pattern that makes this a super hot take on the golden trend. The necklace is made of 18K gold and rhodium plated chainlink and also comes in solid gold color for true gold fanatics.
This is the ultimate treasure for the sailor on the lookout for a fun chunky gold chain. The Port Necklace is a fun one from Gorjana, made of 18k gold plated brass and measures 18 inches in total.