What Are The Different Types of Gold Chains Links?

Posted on February 28 2021

Over the years gold chains have proven they are never going out of style, and have become essential accessories for both men and women. Gold chains are iconic, favored by musicians, athletes, and celebrities spanning for decades. There’s no such thing as “one style gold chain,” since they are crafted by using different styles and techniques. These different styles and techniques determined by how the chain links are constructed on the gold chain. Gold chain links can range from thin and delicate, to ornamental statement pieces. The GLD Shop has been crafting gold chains and chain link necklaces since 2015. Creating high quality and affordable gold chain styles has been our inspiration since day one. If you’re first learning about gold chains, and thinking what type of chain should I get, this article is the best place to start. In this article we’ll teach you what are the different chain link styles, so you can determine which gold chain is the perfect fit for you.

6mm GLD Signature Miami Cuban

6mm GLD Signature Miami Cuban

 

What Are The Different Chain Link Styles?

The GLD Shop sells classic gold chain link necklaces that vary in styles, sizes, and materials. Gold chain jewelry is comprised of links, which make the piece flexible but also durable. Below is a list of essential gold chain links you need for your everyday wardrobe.

 

Miami Cuban

When you imagine a gold chain, this is the vision that comes to mind. It’s the quintessential gold chain with a bold look. Miami Cubans have chain links that are circular, and interlock to lie flat and close together, making Miami Cubans one of the strongest style links for gold chains. Miami Cubans gained popularity in the 1970’s, and quickly became the iconic accessory for the luxe Miami lifestyle. Miami Cubans come in different weights, thickness, and lengths. This chain link style can be purchased as a necklace or bracelet. If you’re asking what type of chain shines the most, Miami Cubans are the perfect gold chain for you.

 

 12mm GLD Signature Miami Cuban

12mm GLD Signature Miami Cuban

 

Micro Cuban

Micro Cubans are much smaller and thinner compared to traditional Miami Cubans, hence the name; Micro Cuban. Micro Cubans are beautifully delicate and uniformed in their link placements. This thinner and smaller gold chain pairs perfectly with pendants or charms. Micro Cubans can be worn by themselves, or you can layer multiple Micro Cubans in different lengths. Micro Cubans are offered in 16”, 18”, 20”, 24”, and 28” lengths. Micro Cubans are extremely versatile, and are sold in yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold materials.

 

 Micro Cuban Chain

Micro Cuban Chain

 

Rope Chain

Rope Chains are made from strands of gold that intertwine together to create a woven “rope”design. Because of the intricately woven style of Rope Chains, they are very durable and one of the stronger links for gold chains. Rope Chains can vary in thickness, from very slim to weightier designs. Thinner Rope Chains are perfect to pair with pendents, or if you’re looking for a stand alone Rope Chain, we recommend purchasing one with more thickness. Rope Chains are sold in yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold materials.

 

Rope Chain

Rope Chain 4mm Original

 

Franco Chain

Originated in Italy, the hallmark of Franco Chains are their “V” shaped links. Franco Chains take inspiration from Miami Cubans, but have four sided links instead of circular. These links have a tighter look so the chain links flow in unison. Franco Chains are offered in different lengths, thickness, and materials. If you’re looking for a type of chain that shines the most, we recommend our Iced Franco Chains with delicate hand set stones for an extra shine.

 

Franco Chain (6mm)

Franco Chain (6mm)

 

Ball Chain

The signature style of Ball Chains are connected by small metal orbs, rather than chain links. These are set at regular intervals along the length of the chain, with a connector or bar next to each other. Traditionally, Ball Chains are worn as stand alone pieces in shorter lengths. Inspired by this classic chain style, The GLD Shop elevated the Ball Chain design to a larger than life statement piece with hand set stones.

 

Iced Ball Chain in White Gold

Iced Ball Chain in White Gold

 

 

Cable Chain

Cable Chains are the most simple and commonly used chain to pair with pendants or charms. Cable chains are connected by round or oval links. This is a great option if you prefer your charm or pendant to stand out more than the chain itself, as cable chains are subtle and durable.

 

Cable Chain (1.5mm)

Cable Chain (1.5mm)

 

Box Chain

Box chains, also known as Venetian Chains, are constructed by a series small  cubed links that create a four-sided construction. Round wire is flattened and shaped into a series of box-like shapes. Box Chains have a prominent “cube” look, and are perfect if you want a small chain with a bold style.

 

What is the Strongest Link For A Gold Chain?

If your criteria for a gold chain is strength and durability, here are some basic facts to keep in mind when looking at different chain link types. Interlocking links, without a bending point, will be strong because they won’t bend when folded. Thickness is also an important factor. Thicker chains are more durable because of the higher gold count, and they can also hold pendants. Cubans, Cable Chains, Rope Chains, Figaro Chains, and Box Chains, all qualify for different types of chain links that are strong.

For more information about The GLD Shop’s chain link necklaces, visit our Gold Chains category and browse the collection.

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