Summer is practically here. That means it is time to get out, look your best, and be seen. There’s no other way to do that than by accessorizing with some new pieces. One of the classic ways to add to your gold collection is by buying a Cuban Link Chain.
The Cuban link (or Miami Cuban link chain) isn’t too flashy but will provide some substantial weight around your neck that you can be proud of. In addition, you don’t need to be in Miami to wear or buy one. All you need are some tips on what to look for and what to tell your jeweler and it won’t be long before you find yourself in a Ferarri Daytona Spyder on the way to CLUB SPACE.
First and foremost, we have to consider the material itself. For simplicity’s sake, let’s stick with gold. It’s not as gaudy as diamonds and has a more classic look without taking away from the rest of your fit. Now we’re not dealing with the cheap social media stuff like JAXXON or GLD chains, this is solid gold we’re dealing with.
The gold in the chain usually ranges from 10k to 18k gold with 14k being the most popular. 24k is the highest you can get, but that usually means a heavier and less durable chain, instead of a lower karat gold mixed with other metals. In the end, it depends on how long you’d want to wear it for, if you plan on reselling it, and how much money you’d want in return. No matter what you go with, a stamp of authenticity and a karat test is imperative.
Another aspect that has to be considered is the length and width of the chain and its links. Anything smaller than 6mm most likely isn’t handmade and could be cheaper. As for length, shorter chains (18-22”) are in style right now but might resemble a choker. Longer chains–like 24-26”– are more traditional but it is ultimately up to preference.
The type of lock or clasp is key. No matter how well-made the chain is, it will see wear and tear. The color gets duller and the gold will start to deteriorate. If the clasp gets corroded enough, it might not lock and it might fall off without warning. A box lock, a lobster clasp, or a diamond lock is stronger and will secure it if there are any swipers in the vicinity.
With all those points in mind, what quality can you expect from a quality chain? The hang test is a dead giveaway. If you hang the chain straight and look at it from the profile, you shouldn’t see any chain curve or turn. It should also lay flat and comfortably around your neck when you wear it.
There are other preferences to look out for but those are the primary characteristics that potential buyers should consider. Any purchase with these in mind will have you looking right. Once you purchase one, you’re on your way to making an impression.