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9CT GOLD 18" PAPERCLIP LINK NECKLACE

Christine Alexander Fine Jewellery


Regular price £739.00
9CT GOLD 18" PAPERCLIP LINK NECKLACE

An exquisite 9ct Yellow Gold fancy link chain necklace made up of long, interlocking links connected, known as a paperclip link. Elegant, yet with a simple complexity, this necklace is just stunning. Add a pendant, don’t add a pendant, either way, she is just totally wearable anytime, anywhere, any day. Bang on trend at the minute, make her yours!

At 18 inches long and weighing 8.7 grams, with links that are approximately 5.5mm wide, with a jumbo lobster clasp, she is fully hallmarked for 9ct gold.

Please check all the dimensions as these are part of the description. All our photos are taken in studio light, some are enlarged to show the necklace in more detail.

Presented in a cute Christine Alexander box, ready for immediate gifting.

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Today I found out that the paperclip was used as a symbol of resistance during World War II. After a few months of struggle, the Germans successfully began their occupation of Norway, driving Allied troops out. The people of Norway lived under German rule. Norwegian teachers were told to join the Nazi Party and teach Nazism in classrooms, and the church was told to teach “obedience to the leader and the state.” Mass executions were not unheard of, though most were done on a smaller scale in comparison to the horrific events taking place in certain other areas of Europe. By 1945, some 400,000 German troops were operating in Norway, controlling the population of about 4 million people.

It was in the autumn of 1940 when students at Oslo University started wearing paperclips on their lapels as a non-violent symbol of resistance, unity, and national pride. In addition to wearing a single paperclip, paperclip bracelets and other types of jewellery were fashioned as well, symbolically binding Norwegians together in the face of such adversity. Besides the idea of binding things together, it’s thought the paperclip was chosen as a symbol of resistance in part because many people incorrectly believed that the inventor of the paperclip was Johan Vaaler, a Norwegian man. The problem was, he didn’t really invent the thing we call a paperclip, and that paperclip (the Gem paperclip) was around and very popular throughout Europe before Vaaler came up with his design. 

Nevertheless, the idea that the paperclip was invented by a Norwegian man was prevalent and the fact that paperclips bound things together and were cheap, readily available, and not out of place made it seem the perfect symbol for non-violent, subtle resistance in Norway.

In time, the Germans caught on to the fact that the paperclip was being used as a symbol of resistance and wearing a paperclip promptly became a criminal offence.

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