We all know that all Cuban link chains are not equally created. The difference between a less expensive Cuban link chain and a high-quality Cuban Link chain is the Karat, Style, Setting, Finish, Durability, and how the link is filed.
How to test your Cuban Link for quality: Open your Chain, hold the clasp and look from the side. A good Cuban Link Chain will always hang straight, and the side profile will be evenly filed - there should not be any inconsistencies. Choosing a high-quality chain is how one stands above the rest in terms of style.
Cuban Link Chain earned its Latin inspired name because it was more popular in the Cuban community in Miami, which is why it’s also known as Miami Cuban Link Chain. Cuban Links rose to popularity in the hip-hop and urban scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s, It is now part of the culture. The chain was wearable by men only. However, there has been an increasing number of females wearing it in this era, and it can be worn with any outfit and occasion. The trend of this chain doesn’t seem to be dying out anytime soon. in fact, it's increasing!
WHAT IS A CUBAN LINK CHAIN?
Cuban Link Chain is the most popular chain in hip-hop and urban culture. It is made out of thick gold links, filed down to give the links an oval shape. There are 2 main types of Cuban Link Chain: Hexagon or Rhombus shape is the modern look called Prong Cuban, and Oval shape is the first and traditional look called Miami Cuban Link Chain. The 2 types are both popular, but Prong Cuban Link Chain has been more trendy in recent years and still in 2020. Every Iced Out lover knows that a Cuban Link is a must-have piece to complete their Jewelry collection.
HOW MUCH DOES A CUBAN LINK CHAIN WEIGHT?
The weight of a Cuban Link Chain largely depends on the thickness, width, and length of the chain. A 12mm wide will most likely weigh from 95 grams to 145 grams. 19 mm wide will weigh from 120 grams to 200 grams, and solid gold can weigh up to 325 grams. It is also worth mentioning that this varies from Jeweler to Jeweler.
HOW MUCH IS A REAL CUBAN LINK CHAIN?
A real Cuban Link Chain in 2020 ranges from 18,000 for 10 mm and up to 145,000 Dollars for a 20 mm solid gold with VVS diamonds. A good gold plated Cuban Link Chain ranges from 115 to 300 Dollars, Cuban Links are more expensive in The USA than they are in The UK mainly because of the popular demand in the USA.
HOW TO WEAR A CUBAN LINK CHAIN?
You can wear a Cuban Link Chain on its own or with a Pendant. This chain can be worn with almost any outfit. It can either be layered (also known as Stack) with multiple chains to give you an ultimate bossy look. When stacking your Cuban Link Chains, it is best to go for lengths that are at least an inch or 2 inches longer than each other. Otherwise, your chains are going to be on top of each other.
WHAT SIZE CUBAN LINK CHAIN SHOULD I GET?
What size Cuban Link Chain is a question we all ask ourselves before purchasing our first Cuban Links. It all comes down to personal preferences. The main question to ask is: do you like your chain big or small? There was a time when men used to wear a longer length and women a shorter length. However, this isn’t the case in 2020. In fact, most men prefer the choker lengths these days.
The most popular Cuban Link Chain sizes in 2020 are 12mm, 18mm, and 19mm wide, and the length most people go for varies from 16 inches and 18 inches (also known as choker length) to 20 inches and 22 inches. These lengths and widths are perfect for both men and women. Although women usually prefer the 12mm Cuban Links.
CAN YOU SHORTEN A CUBAN LINK CHAIN?
In short, yes. You can shorten your Cuban Link Chain if you mistakenly bought the wrong length, or simply just decided you want it short after wearing it for a while. Take it back to your Jeweler or any Jeweler you trust, they should be able to take out some of the links from the chain. Always remember to keep your links with you, just in case you want them back on your chain someday.
HOW TO CLEAN A CUBAN LINK CHAIN?
The first thing you should know is gold is very soft, and when it’s first finished it will have a high lustered shine to it. How you wear your chain will determine how much it will wear down. One of the most important things I would like to point out is “DO NOT” shower with your chain. If you shower with your chain every day, it’s going to build up some soap scum exactly like your shower doors or the top of your bath top. Taking a shower with your chain will definitely not clean it. Instead, it will lower the shine.
Also, never sleep with your chain on. As you are sleeping, your links will be rubbing against each other, and twisting and locking the chain. This will only cause extra wear for no reason. Whether its a Gold watch, Cuban Link Chain or bracelet, a good practice is to take off your jewelry when you go to sleep.
To clean your Cuban Link Chain, you will need Mild soap or Regular Dishwasher Soap, Warm Water, a Toothbrush, and a soft cloth.
Soak your chain in warm soapy water for 2 minutes, gently scrub in and outside the links with a Toothbrush in the soapy water to break the surface tension that is holding the dirt to your chain. After you finished cleaning the chain, completely rinse it with fresh warm water and dry it with a soft cloth.
WHERE TO BUY A CUBAN LINK CHAIN?
Buying a Cuban Link Chain is easier than you may have thought! Check out the list below to find the perfect jeweler for your budget and style.
Top Jewelers for gold plated Cuban Link Chain:
The Gld Shop, Twenty 7 Links, The Gold Gods, Aporro, Gold Presidents, Gemstone Gods, 6ix ice. All of these stores have the same jewelry quality but differ in price.