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Chains are integral to many outfits today in both men's and women's fashion. However, you might not have known that there are different types of chains, and each has its own name and style. Rope chains and Cuban links are the two most popular types of chains that exist in men's fashion.

There are more differences than you might have realized between these two types of chains. It's not only how they're made but a number of other things: their sizes, their weights, what outfits they go with and more. Let's get into what separates a rope chain from a Cuban link.

What Is a Cuban Link?

A Cuban link chain is made of round links that interlock to form a solid chain. They are typically weightier and bigger than their rope chain counterparts. They're bigger, bolder and make more of an impression. They also come with a fair bit of utility. Because of their solid build, they can carry more weight. If you're interested in a solid bit of chain that can haul around a heavy pendant or crystal, then you might want to rely on Cuban link chains.

Find the Perfect Cuban Link Chain for You

Cuban links are also less likely to kink or fold over themselves. This is because of the intricate way in which the links are melded together. This will ensure that the chain will lay in an orderly fashion and not go awry over time. If you're looking for a solid piece of jewelry that can handle somewhat rough treatment, then a Cuban link chain might be your best bet.

What Is a Rope Chain?

A rope chain is not made up of individual links. Instead, it is composed of individual metal strands that have been twisted together to form one singular chain. This tends to make rope chains have more tensile strength. They also look a little sleeker than Cuban links.

This understated look makes them a favorite amongst our clients who are looking for something a little more subtle to go along with their outfits. However, the rope chain is a versatile style that can vary in its thickness. So, if you're looking for a chain that's a little thicker, you can find a rope chain that fits your preferences.

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How to Style These Types of Chains

If you're trying to figure out how to style your men's gold-plated chains, then look no further. 

For rope chains, they can look great on their own or doubled up with other necklaces. For when you want to go all out and show off as much drip as possible, rope chains are a great choice. They reflect lots of light due to how many individual surfaces their twisted structure contains. They're at the top of the list when it comes to chains that catch attention.

Cuban link chains are solid individuals. They look great as an accentuating accessory. In other words, if you're going with a somewhat plain outfit that doesn't contain too many textures or colors, a Cuban link might be the way to tie everything together.

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Final Thoughts

We hope we were able to fill you in on all the differences between these two popular styles of chain. We know that, when it comes to jewelry, it can be hard to tell things apart, especially if you don't know what you're looking at. At Frost NYC, we're always ready to answer any of your questions.

October 06, 2022

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