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What are the different types of Cuban Link chains?

Even though yellow gold is the most classic material that Cuban links are made from, different types of Cuban link chains are offered in white gold and rose gold. In recent fashion waves, jewelers and designers started to craft Cuban link chains in tri-colors, or other rainbow color variants.

What makes a gold Cuban Link chain so expensive?

Gold purity is one of the factors you need to consider when buying a Cuban link chain. The higher the purity (or the higher the “K’s”) of the gold used to make the chain, the more expensive the Cuban link chain will be. An 18k gold chain is composed of 75% pure gold, while a 10k Cuban link has less than 50% of gold in it (41.7% to be exact).

What is the best size for a Cuban link necklace?

Even though Cuban links are known for being large and weighty, they are also popular in a thinner styles. If you are interested in a sleeker, subtle, and classic Cuban link necklace or bracelet, 6mm and 8.5mm are the perfect widths.

What glue is used to attach chain to wooden board?

Shellac glue (a resin mixed with alcohol) is first used to affix the chain to a wooden board before filing. A very labor intensive filing process then begins. For the sake of simplicity, we only show a part of the filing process on just one side of the chain.

What is a karat scale?

Gold goes by a karat-scale. A karat (when used to refer to gold) is a unit of purity that represents how many parts of gold (out of a total of 24) are in a piece of gold jewelry. That is why “pure” gold is referred to as 24K gold; that is, 24 out of 24 parts in it are gold! When making Cuban link chains or other gold jewelry, …

Why is 24k gold not practical?

When making Cuban link chains or other gold jewelry, 24K gold is just not practical to use because it’s too soft and gets easily scratched up and damaged over time, even with regular wear! That is why other metals are alloyed (or mixed in) with the gold. These metals make the jewelry stronger and longer lasting.

Why is the gold chain heavier than the desired weight?

At the end of the process above, the resulting gold chain is quite heavier than the desired weight (that is, greater than 1 kilogram) because the links are round. This “extra” weight is removed during the filing process, which creates the flat link design a traditional Cuban link chain is known for.

What metals are used to make 14k chain?

Melting gold and other metals to make the chain in 14K.

How many parts of gold are in a 14k chain?

The chain showcased on the video above is a 14K-chain, meaning that it’s approximately 14 out of 24 parts gold (58.33% gold) and 10 parts other metals. The most common gold jewelry in the United States is 14-karats, but this varies for other countries.

Why glue on board?

Glue is added to board to fix the chain for filing.

Why solder links on a chain?

The purpose of soldering and cutting the links on either side of the chain is to help blend the clasp into the chain and avoid an awkward gap between round link and flat clasp. Also, you can remove the links that might have been held by the vice or pliers in the twisting stage that have marks left on them.

How to anneal a chain?

Twist the chain until all the links are aligned on one plane. With one side of the chain in your vice (or held by an assistant), pull with your body weight and twist the chain until it becomes flat. Again, I annealed half way through this process because my links were work hardened very quickly. This step requires some real effort

How to make a button shape?

Cut and file the button in to shape. I used a scrap of brass from the wire that I cut and filed into a square. You can use a piece of thicker sheet metal, multiple layers of thin sheet metal soldered together or a different shape altogether.

Why do you sand facets after filing?

Sand the facets after filing to ensure they are smooth and free from file marks.

What angle to cut into coil?

Saw into the coil at a 45 degree angle to separate individual links.

What tools do you need to make a sandbox?

Alright, the tools you’ll need are as follows: Metal stake (I used a 10mm ball punch, you can use a nail, mandrel or any strong cylinder) Bench mounted vice (Really helpful, but you can get around it if you have an assistant) Jeweller’s saw (alternatives: hacksaw or rotary cutter)

What to do if playback doesn’t begin?

If playback doesn’t begin shortly, try restarting your device.

What are Cuban Link Chains Made Of?

Erick mentions that Cuban links can be made out of practically any metal: silver, platinum, gold , etc. with gold being the most common. Even though most gold Cuban link chains are made to look yellow (just like regular gold), other colored metals can be combined with gold to change the color of the final design; for example, copper to make rose gold chains and nickel, manganese or palladium for white gold variations.

How Big of a Chain Should I Get?

When it comes to the size of Cuban link chains, Eric says, “…besides quality, it’s all about size!”

How much gold is in a 10k chain?

An 18k gold chain is composed of 75% pure gold, while a 10k Cuban link has less than 50% of gold in it (41.7% to be exact). The difference in purity makes the 18k chain about 70% more expensive than the 10k one (with labor costs included). But what does Eric recommend?

What is the difference between a 10k and 18k Cuban link chain?

An 18k gold chain is composed of 75% pure gold, while a 10k Cuban link has less than 50% of gold in it …

What is a Miami Cuban link chain?

The Miami Cuban link chain is probably one of the most versatile gold chains in the market. In this video, Eric Rivera goes over his experience with Cuban link chains, gives you a brief explanation of the way they’re made, and provides his recommendation when it comes to buying one (you can also click here to use our online calculator to size and get a price for your chain before you buy one).

How much does Eric’s Cuban link weigh?

The 18k Cuban link Eric wears daily weighs 130-gram (.13 kg) and is 7 millimeters wide, a far cry from the 10-kilogram, neck breaking necklace that Daddy Yankee showed off at his concert!

How long should Cuban links be?

A good length when it comes to Men’s Cuban links is between 28 and 30 inches and 22 to 24 inches for women. This is a recommendation for those who still want to look fashionable, obviously not for folk who want to stand out in Rapperville!

What Does Cuban Link Mean?

Cuban link refers to a type of jewelry design, which interlocks either round or oval gold rings together making a sleek unison pattern. This pattern interlocks all of the round or oval rings together which will lay flat on your chest or wrist. Over time, Cuban links became the standard design for gold jewelry due to its massive popularity, but also craftsmanship. Cuban links are one of the sturdiest and sleekest link chain designs. It’s interlocking pattern ensures durability and long lasting quality. This is why Cuban links can be crafted into large and heavy pieces.

What is the most common material used to make Cuban links?

Cuban link chains and bracelets are commonly associated with being “gold,” and the most common material to craft Cuban link chains from are different karats of yellow gold. Cuban chains are commonly offered in 10 karat, 14 karat, 18 karat, and 22 karat gold. The higher the karat, the more expensive Cuban links will be.

What is a prong link?

The second type of Cuban link is known as the Prong Link. Prong Cuban link necklaces and bracelets differ from Miami Cubans, because their design pattern is not oval or round. Prong links are intentionally designed to have sharper cuts, making a woven square design. Prong Links are a recent trend that gained popularity just a few short years ago.

What is the most iconic gold jewelry?

One of the most iconic styles of gold jewelry are Cuban link necklaces and bracelets. Cuban links have stayed on trend for decades now, proving to be a timeless wardrobe staple, that even created its own sub-culture of jewelry. Different types of Cuban links became iconic accessories, bridging the gap between two culturally artistic worlds;

What is the most expensive material for Cuban links?

The higher the karat, the more expensive Cuban links will be. Even though yellow gold is the most classic material that Cuban links are made from, different types of Cuban link chains are offered in white gold and rose gold. In recent fashion waves, jewelers and designers started to craft Cuban link chains in tri-colors, …

What is a Miami Cuban link?

The Miami Cuban Link refers to the classic oval or round interlocking pattern. Cuban link chains became extremely popular amongst the Cuban community living in Miami during the 1970’s and 1980’s, which is where the name “Miami Cuban Link” originated. The second type of Cuban link is known as the Prong Link.

Why are Cuban links so popular?

Cuban links are a great design because of their versatility, and they are offered in a variety of sizes and weights. Once Cuban link chains became status symbols amongst hip hop artists and celebrities, the trend was to wear large and heavy Cuban link chains. Even wearing multiple heavy Cuban links layered together still remains stylish today.