Is it better to rock a gleaming rope chain or a flashy Cuban link? This is a question that every jewelry enthusiast has contemplated. Some would even argue that it is more of a fashion statement rather than a debate about chain types. Who's to say there's a distinction between rope and Cuban links when the differences are essentially non-existent (besides the overall pattern)?

Let's look at the definitions for each and then you can make your own decision.


The rope chain, in our opinion and that of many others, is one of the most beautiful chains available. Rope chains consist of gold (or another precious metal). These sections are tightly connected in twos or threes, wrapping in a way that resembles a classic rope. The striking, winding design of the rope chain reflects light beautifully from every angle. Rope chains are not only one of the most popular types of chains, but they are also one of the most sturdy and textural types of chains available.


Let's start with the basics: what is a Cuban link and how are they designed? The term "Cuban chain" refers to a type of jewelry design in which round or oval gold rings interlock to form a sleek unison pattern. This pattern connects all of the round or oval rings, allowing them to lay flat on your chest or wrist.

Cuban links are one of the sturdiest and sleekest link chain designs. Its interlocking pattern assures long-term endurance and quality. As a result, Cuban links are typically requested in larger, heavy and more expensive gauges. Despite its larger size, however, Cuban link chains are more prone to visible scratches than a rope chain pattern. This is due in part to its smooth outer surface.


Is a rope chain or a cuban link better to wear? The answer boils down to both fashion and function: if you're looking for a chain that can withstand a lot of wear and tear, rope chain is your best bet. If you're looking for a chain to flaunt as part of your personal style, the cuban link is the way to go.