The BBC’s adaptation of Normal People, currently showing on BBC 3, has won praise for its tender and realistic depiction of young love.
However, along with the popularity of the series and the leading players enjoying heartthrob status, the silver chain worn by Paul Mescal, 24, the actor who plays Connell has become a famous prop.
The unpretentious item of jewellery had its heyday thirty years ago in the 1990s, but it is now enjoying a revival thanks to the Normal People. Perhaps it’s due to him wearing it 24×7 in the series even during the sex scenes.
The Cut, an influential New York style website, has written about it several times. They wrote that the chain, slim and tiny, is…a delicate piece of jewellery at odds with the rest of his Achillean body. It also just looks hot when he’s naked except for the chain, which in Normal People is pretty frequently.
Apparently, during filming the chain became very important to Mescal. On the last day of shooting he gave it to his co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones as a gift. She then temporarily lost it during a photoshoot.
But of course, silver chains like this are replaceable and we have a lovely selection available to choose from, either simply like Connell or with St Christopher’s, Dog Tags, Crosses or Zodiac Pendants.