Normal People: Connell's chain gets Instagram account and sparks surge in sales of men's jewellery

Maisie Bovingdon
Shopping writer
Normal People actor Paul Mescal played the role of Connell Waldron alongside Daisy Edgar-Jones in the BBC adaptation of Sally Rooney's novel, and Mescals' chain has attracted a lot of attention. (Normal People/BBC)

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Paul Mescal has captured the hearts of viewers for his role as Connell Waldron in the BBC series Normal People, which first aired on 26 April.

Not only has the depiction of Connell first love with Marianne, and his battle with depression, tugged on our heartstrings, but so has the silver chain he wears throughout the 12-part series.

The glimpses of the necklace on his chest during a football match while at school, in the pool, and the little glint of silver on his neck in the intimate scenes between the young couple, has not gone unnoticed.

So much so, a fan account dedicated to Mescal’s chain, @connelschain, was set up on Saturday (2 May), and the Instagram account already boasts over 15,000 followers.

Connell Waldron's silver necklace proved to be as popular as his on-off relationship with Marianne Sheridan in Normal People. (Normal People/ BBC)

The necklace was included in the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s 2018 novel because it was so poignant in the book too, although it was described as “Argos chic”.

The prop appeared to have meant a lot to Mescal, too.

After shooting wrapped, the Irish actor gifted the coveted item of jewellery to his British co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones, who is said to have lost it.

Fans of the TV show have shared their love of the jewellery item on Twitter.

Speaking to The Times, costume designer Lorna Marie Mugan said: “Connell has the chain throughout, that’s the thing,” she said.

“It’s a thing he carries through his journey.”

Fans can’t get enough of the item of jewellery, as sales for chains have soared by up to 130 per cent on ASOS in April alone.

For those who want to emulate Connell’s look, or are wanting to style the man in their life, we have found a selection of chains to buy to suit all style preferences and budgets.

Shop men’s silver chains

Sterling Silver Curb Chain 24" | £54.99 (Was £59.99) from H. Samuel

Sterling Silver Curb Chain 24"

ASOS DESIGN sterling silver chain | £20.00 from ASOS

ASOS DESIGN sterling silver chain

Silver Curb Men's Chain | £250 from Beaverbrooks

Silver Curb Men's Chain