My favorite piece of jewelry is something I don’t know how to describe. My boyfriend got it for me two years ago and I haven’t taken it off since. It’s made of a gold chain that ties around my wrist three times, forms a cage with pearls attached across my knuckles and then loops around my fingers. If that’s sound complicated, that’s because it is. This thing is basically a ring and a bracelet and a harness for your hand all in one. The other day some woman approached me and asked if the pearls across my knuckles were sewn into my skin. When I explained to her this was actually a piece of jewelry she asked, “Well, what is it called?” And I didn’t know what to say.
A Google search led me to discover my favorite piece of jewelry is technically called a hand chain, although it sometimes goes by finger bracelet or hand harness. Brooklyn-based boutique and jewelry studio Catbird has a very charming name for their iteration which is called Kitten Mitten. Apparently a lot of them can also be worn as necklaces or foot chains (allegedly, they are also a thing).
All hand chains are part bracelet, part ring and in my opinion they’re better than either/or. For one, they basically turn my whole hand into a piece of jewelry and as someone who likes to wear multiple rings on every finger, this is key. So if you love wearing tons of jewelry, hand chains add a lot of bling with only one piece. But even if you don’t like the look of tons of jewelry, you can just wear a hand chain and that’s it. Some designers like Catbird have a more minimalistic approach whereas others like Goldish, where my hand chain is actually from, add charms or pearls. Regardless of which hand chain you choose it’s bound to make a statement. I cannot stress enough how many compliments I get on mine daily.
I also never take my hand chain off. I do everything in it. I sleep in it, I shower in it, I go boxing in it. It’s gotten to the point were it might as well be sewn into my hand because it’s second nature, one of the only things about my everyday look that stays consistent.
Although there aren’t too many jewelry designers making them yet, here are the 10 best hand chains I could find online now. If you can’t decide between a bracelet or a ring, these all would make the perfect alternative, and they’ll definitely have people constantly asking “What is that?” A question you can now answer.