Origins and Applications of Loop-in-Loop Chains

  • Jean Reist Stark
  • Josephine Reist Smith


The loop-in-loop was the predominant chain type used for gold and silver jewelry from the early Bronze Age in the Middle East, through the Classical period until the end of the Middle Ages. Among the earliest surviving examples of loop-in-loop chains were those discovered in the royal graves at Ur which have been dated to around 3000 b.c., but mastery of the problems associated with the technique and the quality of the craftsmanship indicate that simple chains of this type had probably been produced for some time before this. Loop-in-loop chains also have been found in jewelry from Troy II, from prepalatial Crete, and from Egyptian burials of a somewhat later date (2100 b.c.).


Middle East Classical Period Ancient World Significant Innovation Simple Chain 
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  • Jean Reist Stark
  • Josephine Reist Smith

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