What Makes a Cuban Link Chain Unique?
Posted on July 08 2019
Jewelry lovers know that not all pieces are created equal. When it comes to gold chains, one stands above the rest in terms of style, durability, and pure swag factor, and that’s the Cuban link chain. This kind of chain is a variation on the hip-hop styles that rose to prominence in the 1970s, earning its Latin-inspired name because it was popular within the Cuban enclaves of Miami. In fact, it’s sometimes referred to as a Miami Cuban link chain because of its reputation in South Florida, but we see it all over the country these days, from NYC to L.A.
This baller-approved jewelry showpiece has basically always been a part of the conversation among the fashionable elite, but it exploded in popularity around the year 2012. Its fame hasn’t slowed much, and we’ve seen all the great hip-hop fashion influencers sporting it in the last 10 years. It’s definitely a piece you’re going to want to add to your collection if your endgame is finding an eye-catching chain that endures.
What Is a Cuban Link Chain?
The Cuban link chain is a variation of the standard cable link chain and features oval links that intersect in a rope pattern. The links twist into a cable-like design, which gives it a bit of a traditional look. Creating a classic style with a bit of modern edge, this kind of chain is perfect for all kinds of wearers and styles. Though it’s seen as somewhat traditional, this chain has some serious built-in swagger with trendsetters and trailblazers choosing it as a centerpiece or layering it with other gold chains.
What Makes It Unique?
Here are a few reasons why, in our opinion, 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 very far to find the gold Cuban link chain draped around the necks of icons new and old. Versions of it start showing up in the hip-hop history books in the 1980s, with Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane, and Biz Markie sporting their own Cuban links back in the day. It’s still ubiquitous among artists, including Jay-Z, Usher, DJ Khaled, and If you appreciate some classic freshness, this is the chain for you.
- It’s Perfect for Showcasing Pendants – Cuban links come in a variety of different weights, thicknesses, and lengths, so they serve as great bases for displaying your best pendants. If you’re trying to highlight your prized Jesus piece or crucifix and want a little something extra, go for the Cuban. Just make sure it’s thick enough for the pendant you’re eyeing (we can always help you pair your Cuban chain with the right pendant if you need some advice).
- It Can Be Blinged Out – Like a few carats with your karats? If you prefer the flashy style of a diamond-studded gold chain, the Cuban link is great because it has a relatively flat surface area that can be frosted with diamonds. Typically, our jewelers use the pave diamond effect, which makes the surface look like it’s naturally brilliant and diamond-encrusted. There’s nothing quite like it.
- It’s Extremely Versatile – Gold chains, in general, are among the most adaptable pieces of jewelry a person can own, but the Cuban link is especially versatile. It can be worn as a necklace or a bracelet, with necklaces coming in lengths ranging from 20 to 30 inches and widths ranging from 4 millimeters to 21 millimeters. If you’ve got a specific outfit or pendant to flex with your Cuban link, you know you’ll get it just right, thanks to the sheer variety of options available.
The Best Selection of Cuban Link Chains
Frost NYC is the best place to find high-quality hip-hop jewelry, especially your next Cuban chain. Whether you love the purity of a crisp yellow gold chain or want to dazzle with something frosted in diamonds or rubies, you’ll find it in our selection. With lifetime maintenance and upgrades, you can consider yours an investment piece.