What is the Difference Between Flat Curb and Cuban Chains? (Video)

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    A request that we receive a lot is to compare the difference between a Miami Cuban chain and Flat Curb chain. These chains are two completely different types of designs and are not to be confused. So without further ado let’s dive into the differences. 


    Our Flat Curb chain is made in Italy and is immediately recognizable by it’s flat, grooved link style. The grooved edge of the curb chains allow for the links to capture and reflect lots of light making it the shinier option. They have a more open and flexible link style. The openness of the links remove substantial weight from the chain allowing you to go bigger without having to pay for the additional gold weight. The Flat Curb chain is finished with a lobster clasp, purity stamp and 'Italy' stamp.




    Cuban chains are classic link chains that will never go out of style. The Cuban chain is a heavy duty link chain machine made in Italy. The links are high polished and more rounded. Because of the substantial weight of the Cuban chain, it stays put and doesn’t swing around too much when worn. The links of a Miami Cuban are tightly linked together giving the chain a seamless, sleek look but it’s also the reason Cuban links are so heavy. Because of the thick composition of the links of the Cuban chain, it is very common to set diamonds on the surface or “ice it out”. However, putting diamonds on a Flat Curb chain is impossible because there is not enough metal on the link itself to be able to create a setting. Cuban gauges 2.7mm, 3.2mm and 4mm come with a sleek lobster clasp and gauges 5mm and higher come with a box lock.




    When you’re looking for the best bang for your buck, the Flat Curb would be the best option due to its flattened out link style being 50%-60% lighter in gold weight than a Cuban of the same gauge. This is why Flat Curb immediately becomes the first choice in buying a link chain because by sacrificing some additional weight, you can get a wider link with a greater presence. In the end, it all comes down to either budgeting or aesthetic preferences. Some shoppers tend to like the openness of the Flat Curb and the shiny links and others may prefer the sheen rounded look of the Cuban that might not be as immediately attention grabbing but definitely has a strong presence as well. 


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    1 Comment

    They’re both pretty!!!

    Andrea January 2022

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