https://www.crmjewelers.com/jewelry-accessories/cuban-links/ – Cuban Link Chains – A Guide to the Miami Cuban Link
Cuban Link chains are not just ordinary type of gold chain. They are stylish!
On this video, I will be giving you the ins and out of the Cuban Link chain, with a special focus on the Miami Cuban Link.
Even though Cuban links have nothing to do with luxury watches, many of our customers ask about them often and also like to wear them.
Personally, since I was born and raised in Miami, Florida, I have a lot of experience with these types of gold chains. In fact, I've owned a Cuban link since I was 12 years old!
The style of this chain is very traditional. That's why they will continue to be around for quite some time.
The difference between a high quality chain and a cheap Cuban link is craftsmanship, which is the main focus of our designs.
Cuban Link Styles and Materials
Cuban link chains come in different styles and sizes.
When it comes to the purity of the gold, I recommend to stick to a minimum of 14K, which is 58.3% of pure gold. Even though many people opt for 10K gold chains because they are cheaper, it is better to go with 14K or 18K gold. It will be better down the road if you design to sell the chain and melt it.
Cuban link chains can also be made in silver or platinum, but white, rose and yellow gold are a lot more common variations.
How Big Should Cuban Link Chains Be?
Larger Cuban link chains go from 250 grams to 1 kilogram or more. Even though some people like the larger chains, I prefer to wear many more smaller (or less heavy chains) than one very large one. At the end of the day, however, it all boils down to personal preference.
Regarding the chain thickness, the thinner chains (5 millimeters or lower) tend to be machine made, and the thicker ones tend to be hand-made. I prefer the hand-made chains, as long as the quality of the design is always a priority.
How a Cuban Link Chain is Made
The process to make a Cuban link is an extensive one. It involves melting the gold into a bar, then rolling it into rod, thinning it out until the proper gauge is attained, coiling it up, cutting into rings, welding it, filing it down, etc. It's no trivial task and one that takes a good amount of time to do it right.
Always Focus on Quality
When it comes to buying the right Cuban link chain or bracelet, you should always focus on quality. High quality chains will always test at the correct number of karats or higher; for example, if you buy a 14K gold Cuban link, it will always test at 14K or higher, not lower. If you try to save money by cutting corners and going to a low-quality dealer, the chain might instead test at 13.2K, etc. At the end of the day, you get what you pay for!
Another good way to test a Cuban link for quality is to hold the chain by one end and let it hang. If the chain is of high quality, the links will hang straight and the links will never coil. The side profile will also show evenly filed links without inconsistencies.
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