FIGARO VS. CURB CHAIN
When it comes to choosing a necklace, there are two main types of chains: Figaro and curb. But which one is right for you? Let's take a closer look at the differences between these two popular chain styles.
WHAT IS A FIGARO CHAIN? WHAT DOES A FIGARO CHAIN LOOK LIKE?
WHERE DOES THE FIGARO CHAIN COME FROM?
The Figaro chain's name originates most likely from Figaro, the main character in both "The Barber of Seville" and "The Marriage of Figaro," two highly popular operas in Italy during the 18th century. Although the Italians were not the first to create this chain design, its usage and popularity in Italy and its association with Italian opera ensured that the term stuck and has a continuing connection to the country.
HOW MANY LINKS ARE IN A FIGARO CHAIN?
Figaro chains generally have between 60 and 80 links. However, the number of links can vary depending on the manufacturer. The number of links in Figaro chains may also be affected by the size and width of the links and the overall length. For example, a Figaro chain that is 18 inches long will have fewer links than a chain that is 30 inches long.
ARE FIGARO LINK CHAINS DURABLE?
Figaro chains are extremely durable due to their soldered links, which are harder to tear apart than open-link styles. Figaro link chains are also, on average, some of the heaviest chains available. Thus, thicker links give the chain more stability, preventing it from kinking or breaking as easily as a thinner chain style.
The durability of Figaro chains also depends on their material; gold is a softer metal than steel, so a gold Figaro chain will be more prone to bending and breaking than a steel chain. However, if you take care of your Figaro chain properly, it should last you many years without any major issues.
HOW TO STYLE FIGARO CHAINS?
You can wear Figaro link chains with just about anything. Because of their classic style, Figaro chains are more versatile than most other chain styles.
Figaro chains can be worn alone or layered with other necklace styles. They also look great when paired with pendants. Figaro chains look especially great with round, oval, or teardrop-shaped pendants.
ARE FIGARO CHAINS IN STYLE?
Yes, there are six main reasons why Figaro link chains are so popular.
AFFORDABILITY: Figaro chains are a great option if you're looking for something affordable. The price of a Figaro chain will depend on the metal it's made of, the length, and the width. Other detailing, such as pavé, will increase the price.
DURABILITY: Figaro chains are also heavier and more durable than other chain styles due to the soldered and the larger link sizes.
WEARABILITY: Figaro chains are easy to wear because the links lie flat against the skin, making them comfortable to wear and less likely to get tangled.
EASY REPAIRS: Although Figaro chains are built very well, the chain links may still break. In case of breakage, you can repair a Figaro chain quickly and easily. A metalsmith will remove a part of the pattern and fix the chain without having to ruin the symmetry of the design.
VERSATILITY: As mentioned before, Figaro chains look good with every fashion style you can think of. Its versatility is one of the reasons it is popular. You can wear it as is or with charms and pendants like crosses or medallions.
EASY MAINTENANCE: Figaro chains are relatively easy to care for. You can clean them at home with a mild soap and water solution. You can also take them to a professional jeweler for a more thorough cleaning.
WHAT IS A CURB CHAIN? WHAT DOES A CURB CHAIN LOOK LIKE?
Curb chains are a simple and classic option. The design pattern is straightforward; it consists of flat, uniform, interlocking links that meet at two distinct grooves.
Curb chains are available in a variety of shapes such as rounded curb, open curb, close curb, concaved curb, square curb, flat curb, diamond cut curb, pave curb, etc.
HOW MANY LINKS ARE IN A CURB CHAIN NECKLACE?
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CURB CHAINS?
ROUND CURB CHAINS: This style is the root of all curb chain styles because it is untouched by any special treatments on the links. The rounded curves on the curb links that make it up give it the name.
ARE CURB CHAINS STRONG?
HOW TO STYLE CURB CHAINS?
Curb chains are very versatile. Most people like to wear them without pendants for a minimalistic look. You can also wear them with small or large pendants for different looks.
WHY ARE CURB CHAINS SO POPULAR?
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CURB VS. FIGARO?
The big difference between Figaro and curb chains is how they sit on your neck. Figaro chains lie straight and sit flat across your collar bones, whereas curb chains hang in a U shape.
Another difference is that curb chains are a type of necklace style with same-size links. In contrast, Figaro chains feature links that alternate between two different sizes. In addition, curb chains are typically more simplistic in design, while Figaro chains tend to be more intricate.
If you're still on the fence about which type of necklace to get, Figaro or curb? Why not get both! They each have their own unique benefits that can complement your style. And at the end of the day, it's all about what makes you feel confident and comfortable.