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4 Things to Consider Before Buying a Cuban Chain

Cuban Chain

The great American football player Deion Sanders had a quote about looking good. To paraphrase, he said, "Looking good will make you feel better. If you feel better, you'll play better, which makes the higher-ups pay more." Now, unless you’re a professional athlete, that last part might not resonate. But you get the concept.

Looking good instils a certain confidence in you—the world seems like it’s at your feet, and nothing can hinder you from achieving your goals. For men, obtaining that confidence level stems from wearing jewellery like rings, bracelets, and piercings.

But one of the most iconic pieces of jewellery is the Cuban chain. Its popularity dates back to the 70s and 80s and is still a staple today.

If you’re looking to enhance your aesthetic, it’s definitely something to add to your collection. However, you’ll need to consider a few factors before buying one.

1. How Big Should Your Cuban Chain Be?

One of the first things you’ll have to decide on is the length and width of your Cuban chain. You’ll see different chain sizes referred to by millimetre width as you shop around. Typically the ranges are:

  • 4 MM
  • 8 MM
  • 10 MM
  • 12 MM
  • 14 MM

There isn’t a one size fits all option—the chain width depends on personal tastes. But keep in mind that wider chains will have a heavier weight. If standing out is your goal, a 12 or 14 MM will help your cause; a 4 or 8 MM chain will be better for subtler approaches.

There are also varying styles suitable to your tastes when it comes to Cuban chain length. You can opt for:

  • 20 inches
  • 24 inches
  • 30 inches

20-inch chains typically fall at or just below the collarbone. If you’re looking for a longer piece, 24-inch chains hang above your sternum, and 30-inch chains reach the middle of your chest.

Get a tape measure and measure from your neck to your preferred length to better understand where the piece would fall. You can also layer the chains for a modern outfit approach if you're having trouble deciding.

2. What Metal Finish Would You Like?

After figuring out the size of your chain, next is deciding on the metal finish. The two most popular finishes are gold and silver. Traditional gold has a yellow hue which gives off a classic feel and is what most Cuban chains are made out of.

However, silver Cuban chains have gained more popularity recently because of their versatility with different charms or pendants. There are also other finishes like rose or white gold, but attention to detail will be critical when creating an outfit to help the jewellery stand out.

The metal finish you choose will come down to personal preference. But you can buy various pieces to switch it up from time to time.

Cuban Chain

3. Is the Cuban Chain for Special Occasions?

Have you thought about what you’re planning to wear the Cuban chain for? Don’t worry if you haven’t figured it out; it’s not a pressing issue.

Cuban links are versatile, so you can wear them with anything, whether you’re going to work, the club, or on a casual outing with friends. If you want to, you can also wear it every day since these pieces have incredible durability.

4. Your Dedication to Maintenance

After wearing your Cuban chain for a few days, taking it off won’t be an option because you’ll feel like you’re removing a part of yourself. But if you plan to wear it constantly, occasional cleaning is necessary.

There’s nothing complex about the process, so anyone can do it. The only materials you’ll need are a soft bristle toothbrush and a soft cloth. Here’s what to do:

  1. Use the soft toothbrush to clean the chain’s crevices from one end to the other
  2. Rub it with a soft cloth to remove any surface oils
  3. Store it in a cool, dry place

If your chain requires deep cleaning, soak it in warm water for 10 minutes beforehand, then follow the above steps. Also, make sure to dry it thoroughly to avoid unnecessary water damage.

As we mentioned, when storing your chain, it needs to be in a cool, dark place. But that doesn’t mean throwing it in a drawer with your boxers; you’ll damage it that way. Most Cuban chains will come with a storage box and should get placed there before getting stored away (then you can put it in your boxer drawer).

Elevate Your Look With a Cuban Chain

Buying a Cuban chain is a big deal. But now that you have some insight, there’s no need to hesitate any longer. With the different metal finishes and lengths, you have various options to choose from. Pick one up today and watch your swag elevate to another level.


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