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Most Popular Metals for Jewelry and How To Find the Best One for You

 August 19, 2022

By  BC Editorial Team

It’s time for men to embrace wearing jewelry unabashedly. C’mon guys! It’s time to shake off gender norms and embrace the metallic flair, and expression jewelry adds to your style. Just how and when jewelry got a bad reputation when it comes to men is unknown. In fact, during Medieval and Renaissance days, it was common for women and men to flaunt their jewels in court.

Now, while we’ve moved away from more flashy forms of dress, jewelry pieces have withstood the test of time and have updated to meet the current needs of today. An expression of your individual style and flair, jewelry pieces – much like their human counterparts – come in all shapes and sizes and often symbolize an aspect of one’s identity.

Chains have largely been regarded as an essential male accessory, especially the Cuban link chain. Though at first glance simple, the Cuban link chain draws attention to a man’s neckline, accentuating the natural lines of the chest, shoulders, and jawline.

In other words, it makes men look hot. Made popular in Miami during the 1970s, the influx of many male Cuban immigrants donning the distinct, bulky chain caught on like wildfire. Soon, celebrities took hold of the jewelry piece, transitioning it into popular culture and making it the icon it is today.

At once big and bold, the Cuban link chain has become associated with a certain air of roughness. Its interlocking links are a sign of its strength. There’s no escaping its enhancement of the “bad-boy” image many gals – and guys – go crazy for.

Still, before you run off to get a Cuban link chain of your own, let’s take a look at some of the most popular styles and finishes available. While each offers a distinct look and feel, your knowledge of some of the most popular metals used for its construction is sure to give you the confidence you need to pick the one that’s right for you.

The Big Three

When it comes to the use of metals for jewelry, three reign supreme: Gold, Silver, and Platinum; these metals have a high resistance to oxidation and are often mixed with other metal alloys, such as copper, to give optimal performance to any jewelry piece.

#1: Gold

The use of gold for jewelry has been a go-to favorite since artisans first began to manipulate and shape it into the intricate pieces and sets of old. Think of the royals and noblemen of the Medieval Ages and Renaissance, who often adorned their wardrobes with intricate gold pieces inlaid with glistening jewels. It was a sign of stature and class but also a form of utility as many clothing pieces were adorned with belts, buckles, and other accessories made from gold.

Most notably, gold is thought to have originated in the cosmos. A literal example of what we call stardust, gold resulted from stellar explosions that formed deposits in the Earth during and even after its formation. Maybe that’s why it’s fascinated the minds and eyes of many throughout time.

Gold has become the standard for chains and other jewelry forms due to its resistance to oxidation and corrosion. Plus, it’s highly malleable, able to be stretched and manipulated in any conceivable shape. Gold itself, however, can be worn down easily, hence its mixture with several other metal alloys to reinforce its strength, luster, and durability.

#2: Silver

Much like its golden counterpart, silver is another popular metal used for jewelry pieces and, in fact, shares many similarities. A combination of flexibility, value, and historical significance, silver renders a durable and classic metal for jewelry. Silver by itself tends to wear out easily like gold, and it is often mixed with other metal alloys such as copper.

Silver chains were all the rage in 2020 after the lead male character in the Hulu adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel, Normal People, was depicted wearing one. The character in question, Connell, portrayed by actor Paul Mescal, wore a simple silver necklace that seemed to exude a mix of ruggedness, chivalry, and handsomeness.

While not necessarily the likeness of a Cuban link chain, the Connell chain – that’s what it’s become known as – provides an air of understated perfection that pairs well with any stylistic choice.

#3: Platinum

If gold is first and silver second, then it makes sense that spot number three would belong to bronze, right? Wrong. Coming in as the third most commonly used metal is platinum. Unlike the former two, platinum is a much more recent entry in jewelry, having only been introduced widely at the beginning of the 1900s.

Platinum is highly resistant to oxidation, wear, and tarnish. It also requires a much higher temperature than gold and silver to melt. Like the others, platinum is also mixed with other metal alloys to increase its functionality.

Platinum Cuban link chains are durable, waterproof, and sweat resistant to keep you looking fresh and clean throughout the day or wherever your travels take you.

Closing

Alright, we’ve met the top three metals used in modern jewelry production and what makes each unique. It’s important to note that regardless of whatever base metal you go with for your Cuban chain link chain – or variations of it – that you go with a style and look that you love.

Sure, make sure the product is quality made, but don’t sweat over the base metal options. Regardless of whether you opt to go with gold, silver, platinum – or maybe one of each? – rest assured that your Cuban link chain will be durable, waterproof, and sweat-resistant for many years to come.

BC Editorial Team


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