When it comes to men's jewellery there can be lots of factors to consider. If you’re in the market for a men’s gold chain, you’ve come to the right place. At Hatton Jewellers we have an array of styles to choose from suitable for a number of occasions, from everyday pieces to statement chains suited to more formal, celebratory events. With so many styles to choose from, it can be tricky to decipher which chain is right for you.
In this article, our Hatton Jewellers experts uncover the key differences in men’s gold chain styles so that whether you’re shopping for yourself or for someone else, you can make your next purchase with confidence.
A Brief History of Men’s Gold Chains
Men’s gold chains have been around for centuries, notably worn as a symbol of wealth. As the most sought-after precious metal, gold jewellery has a strong association with the notion of success. Nowadays, men’s gold chains have evolved into a leading fashion accessory due to their popularity amongst rappers and hip-hop artists. With legendary icons such as Jay-Z and Kanye West sporting lavish iced-out looks, this has sparked statement chains to become a popular fashion-forward piece in many men’s collections today.
Men’s Gold Chain Types
If you’re looking for your next piece of jewellery to add to your collection, a men’s gold chain makes an eye-catching finishing touch to any outfit. But with so many different styles, it can be difficult to choose which one’s best for you. From bold chains that’ll make a statement, to thinner chains that are great for everyday wear - we have a range of gold chains for you to choose from.
Here are some of the most popular gold chain styles with their distinguishing features:
Miami Cuban Chain
Miami Cuban chains have a bold design with chunky links creating a heavy overall look. These chains have become more popular thanks to hip-hop jewellery inspiration and they are a great way to make a statement.
Rope chains are thinner chains with distinctive twisted links to reflect real-life rope. Their often daintier design makes them suitable to be worn with a pendant, such as a St Christopher, for a more detailed look. Alternatively, opt for a heavier rope chain if you want the entwined design with a bolder twist.
Curb chains are another of the heavier-set chain designs, giving off simple, stand-out elegance. This type of chain often features diamond-cut links, giving them an angled finish, making this style perfect for those who prefer something a blingy and lavish style.
Figaro chains have rich Italian heritage and are popular among affluent Italian jewellers. These chains have an intricate design made up of contrasting-sized links, creating a unique look that stands out against your typical gold chain. This style can be worn with or without a pendant, making it a versatile option for different outfits.
Mariner chains, also known as anchor chains, are made from a mixture of single small round links and larger oval links. This gives them a distinctive geometrical look that resembles the chain attached to the anchor of a ship. This is where its nautical-themed name is derived from. Available in a range of widths and lengths, a mariner chain is another popular men’s choice.
What Are the Different Sizes of Men’s Gold Chains?
Men’s chains generally range from 20 to 22 inches. Larger chain styles can run up to around 40 inches. When it comes to width, this can vary from 1mm to 25mm in thickness or more if you opt for a custom-made piece. The larger the chain size you choose, the more costly the piece is likely to be, due to a larger amount of gold used in crafting chunkier jewellery pieces.