Jewelry lovers know that not all pieces are created equal. When it comes to gold chains, one stands out from the rest in terms of style, durability and sheer swag factor, and that's the Cuban link chain. This type of chain is a variation on the hip-hop styles that gained prominence in the 1970s, earning its Latin-inspired name because it was popular in Miami's Cuban enclaves. In fact, it's sometimes called a Miami Cuban link chain because of its reputation in South Florida, but we're seeing it all over the country these days, from New York to Los Angeles.
This baller-approved jewelry centerpiece has always been part of the conversation among the fashionable elite, but its popularity exploded around 2012. Its fame hasn't slowed down much, and we've seen all the great hip-hop fashion influencers sporting it over the past 10 years. This is definitely a piece you'll want to add to your collection if your end goal is to find an eye-catching chain that lasts.
Cuban link chain is a variation of standard cable link chain and features oval links that cross in a rope pattern. The links twist in a cable-like design, giving it a somewhat traditional look. Creating a classic look with a bit of a modern twist, this type of chain is perfect for all kinds of wearers and styles. Although considered somewhat traditional, this chain has some serious swagger built in with trendsetters and pioneers choosing it as a centerpiece or layering it with other gold chains.
Here are a few reasons why we think the Cuban link stands out from the rest of the gold chains on our radar.
It's rocked by hip-hop legends - You don't have to look far to find the Cuban gold link chain draped around the necks of icons new and old. Versions of it began appearing in hip-hop history books in the 1980s, with Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane and Biz Markie sporting their own Cuban links at the time. It's still ubiquitous among artists, including Jay-Z, Usher, DJ Khaled and If you appreciate classic cool, this chain is for you.
It's perfect for displaying pendants - Cuban links come in a variety of different weights, thicknesses and lengths, so they make great bases for displaying your best pendants. If you're trying to show off your precious Jesus coin or crucifix and want a little something extra, opt for the Cuban. Just make sure it's thick enough for the pendant you're looking at (we can always help you match your Cuban chain with the right pendant if you need advice).
It can be blinged out - Like a few carats with your carats? If you prefer the flashy style of a gold chain set with diamonds, the Cuban link is great because it has a relatively flat surface that can be frosted with diamonds. Typically, our jewelers use the diamond pavé effect, which gives the impression that the surface is naturally shiny and encrusted with diamonds. There's nothing like it.
It's extremely versatile - Gold chains, in general, are some of the most adaptable jewelry a person can own, but the Cuban link is particularly versatile. It can be worn as a necklace or bracelet, with necklaces ranging in length from 20 to 30 inches and widths from 4 millimeters to 21 millimeters. If you have a specific outfit or pendant to pair with your Cuban link, you know you'll get it perfectly, thanks to the wide variety of options available.
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