September 29, 2022
As arguably one of the most identifiable chains there is, Cuban Link chains are crafted with great skill and passion and are indeed a true work of art that has been popular for quite some time now. However, did you know that back in 225 B.C. the chain pattern was mainly used as a functional item to pull water out of a well? That’s one stylish well if you ask me!
Now, fast forward to the 70’s and 80’s, when hip hop had become more mainstream in the US, the pattern has garnered more attention from the public and has since remained a staple in jewelry collections.
Oftentimes, it is also linked to the social status, success, and wealth of the person when this chain is worn. Where it may be unspoken of, but that type of cultural mindset has been passed down to the present generation as well.
With the rise of technology, some Cuban link chains are made by machines but the most authentic and expensive ones are usually hand-made. To be able to make this type of jewelry, you need to have a great amount of patience and attention to detail. It has interlocked rings that are stretched, flattened, polished, and filed to nothing but the perfection of hours of work. This pattern shows not only style but the durability which is why it can easily be made into very big and heavy pieces.
Diving a bit deeper, here are two types of Cuban link styles: the Miami Cuban Link and the Prong Link.
The Miami Cuban Link
This style shows the classic round or oval-shaped interlocking pattern with a flat sleek finish to it. These link styles gained popularity in the Cuban community in Miami hence the name “Miami Cuban Links” in the ’70s and ’80s when the hip-hop culture was at its peak as well. Often, it is said that this was the crossover of the hip-hop as well as the high fashion scene.
The Prong Cuban link
This style, on the other hand, also shows the interlocking patterns on the piece but instead of round or oval chains, they made use of a more edgy shape to be able to up it a bit from the usual. It is the latest design that has indeed been prominent. It is made with sharper cuts that when flattened, make a square woven design. In this style, it gives better placement if you want to have it fully iced up with diamonds and make it look sharper.
You can definitely never go wrong with the classics! It has been made a classic for a reason. That’s what it is forCuban Link Chain. Choosing the right combination to accentuate its style will probably be a challenge, but no worries because we’ve got you covered.
So grab one to add to your collection now atGold Presidents! For a specific style, you can even have one custom-made solely for you. Up your style now!
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