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Jewelry is mostly worn as an accessory but it can also be intergrated into clothing. Such body chains are not new. In my past post on the Hoxne Hoard, a lovely 5th century gem adorned gold criss-crossed body chain that once belonged to a wealthy girl was discovered in a British archaelogical dig. It surely made the homespun dresses back then much prettier.

Modern designers like Bliss Lau (New York) also create such jewelry to go with dresses. The Diamond Dress shown below uses solid brass plated chains. If you thought the design might have an architectural look about it, consider yourself brilliant as it was inspired by the cables on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.

The next inspirational example is also doable for most jewelry artisans for it involves weaving long beaded necklaces through decorative "holes" in the garments. The Elizabeth and James Heirloom Tee ($264) from revolveclothing.com is decorated with a long rhinestone resin necklace. Note the arm beaded chains on the side. This young and funky look was inspired by the famous twins, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen.

One Etsy artisan, a fellow Canadian, is WearIngénue aka Victoria whose Sebastian Body Chain Necklace really illustrates what an artisan can do just working with chains. I asked her why body chains? She explained they appealed because "they can be considered adornments that guard you". She added, "I like the androgyny of a simple chain, and find that piling on a couple of them at once offers a splendid sort of shield." A necklace does not have to be just a plain circle that's for sure.

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