«Chains tie, bond, support and decorate; they also encapsulate universal symbolism and allude to the idea of circularity. It is an ornament that has no boundaries, chronology or geography; it crosses the history of clothing, art, jewellery and fashion», explains the curator. «The chain traditionally has two interpretations: in a negative sense, it signifies human slavery, while in the positive sense, it represents beauty and social prestige; in this sense, they have been used by the greatest painters in the history of art to symbolize universal values like honour, fidelity and love». The collection has period chains from the Veneto and Vicenza tradition, both industrial and artisanal; contemporary chains from important jewellery companies (Fope, Franco Pianegonda, Marco Bicego, Mattioli, Nanis, Pasquale Bruni, Pesavento, Pomellato, Roberto Coin, Unoaerre, Vendorafa Lombarda and Vhernier); and chains designed in the Veneto by jewellery designers and artists (Giampaolo Babetto, Francesca Braga Rosa, Emma Francesconi, Stefania Lucchetta, Stefano Marchetti, Carla Riccoboni, Barbara Uderzo, Daniela Vettori and Alberta Vita). The show ends 25 March 2018.