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History of Curb Link Chains

When we hear the word “curb,” we usually think of the strap passing under the jaw of the horse or the so-called curb chain horse. We might also believe that curb refers to the corner of the sidewalk and the road. Yet, that isn’t the definition of that word until about 1791. Curb chains or gourmette chains are chains that have a style of flattened ovals. We owe these chains to horses. These chains resemble cable chains that have been twisted and flattened, so it lies flat. The flattened hoops of these chains are typically oval and are all the same size. Sometimes, curb chains are compared to Cuban curb link chains. Although both of them may look the same and are the same, there are differences between the two chains, and it’s more on the style and texture of each. Like most of the classic styles of other chains, which have originated hundreds of years ago, and before any state of the art technology existed, the Curb chains were crafted from a round wire that was cut into size and then twisted to create a link shape with distinctive grooves.

Creativity and evolving technology have resulted in a variety of Curb chains style to meet the latest fashion trend. From baby curb chains to men’s curb chains, the market has a lot to offer when discussing curb chains. But little did people know that, at the heart of the Curb chain, lies the prominent link-shaped with two grooves on each side. The formation of the link paired with another is the feature of the chain that makes it unique. From all the jewelry trends present nowadays, Curb chains have created their statement, and here in IceCarats, we can offer you the most quality and trendy Curb chains. From silver curb chain to gold curb chain links, we always got your back to meet your wants and needs.

Types of Curb Chains

For a better understanding of curb chains, we've separated them by how their variations are noticeable.

1. By Link Shape

a. Rounded Curb Chain is a variety of curb chain that does not have any visibly flat edges that you might see.
b. Open Curb Chains are noticeably different in their shape, though retaining the grooves at each end of the link.
c. Close Cub is the most popular and recognized variety of Curb Chain. This chain's appearance is formed from a combination of the Open Link Curbs and Closed link Curbs.
d. Concave Curb inwardly forms grooves from end to end up on the surface of the chain.
e. Square Curb glorifies the style of straight lines on the edges and the surface. It has a boxy appearance.
f. Flat Curb Link Chain usually refers to the overall depth of the chain.

2. By Link Formation

a. Single Curb chain styles are those that have repeated patterns. These features each link paired with one link.
b. Double Curb chain styles vary in two different ways. The first style is where two single curb links sit on top of each other and link with another. The second is where the two links on each side link fit within the single link space.

3. By Link Finishing

a. Pave Curb is a style of curb chain that utilizes gemstones. The pave itself is a pattern wherein smaller stones are placed into the metal for Sterling Silver Curb Chain. In this rare style, you'll likely see the paired stones as synthetic stones.
b. Milled Curb is somehow similar to a paved curb. On its surface, it has the appearance of stones, but there are no gemstones set with this chain. This method, known as Milling, comprises metal block grooves rolled over the length of a chain and left a pattern of imprints resulting in this low maintenance, worry-free sparkling appearance.
c. Diamond-Cut Curb involves a process called diamond cutting wherein the surface is sliced precisely, creating a highly polished surface with a diamond-tipped tool.

4. By Structure

a. Hollow Curb chain shape is that of rounded Curb, and therefore appearance-wise, there is no visible difference. The links of a hollow curb chain bracelet, for example, will have started a cylinder-shaped tube with hollow space inside that tube.
b.Solid Curb chains would vary in their sizes, from fine, moderate, thick, and thicker but unlike the hollow, solid curb chains are crafted from solid wire, without any vacant or hollow spaces beneath the surface.

Different classic styles of chain link have names that have long stuck around for decades and are instantly recognizable like this Curb Chains. With so many fashion trends present nowadays, IceCarats will never fail to help you become updated with all the trendy jewelry, including these curb chains. With the different styles mentioned above, you're very sure to have it all here with IceCarats.

How to Choose the Perfect Curb Chain Necklace

Chains are one of the essential pieces in your jewelry box. The style that chains are bringing can completely transform your look. But, how do we choose the perfect Curb chains we go for? Here are a few tips to help you get the right one.

  1. Rule number one is a simple one to follow. If you want your chain to be paired with a pendant, you will need a thin curb chain if your pendant is small, and if you have a big pendant, a chunky curb chain will do. You don’t want your thin gold curb chain necklace to be paired with a heavy pendant or break.
  2. Choose the design of your Curb chain. Here in IceCarats, we can provide you with many choices of different styles and designs of Curb chains. You can choose from the materials being used, like having a 14k gold curb chain or silver curb link chain.
  3. After selecting the Curb Chain design you want, the next step is choosing the length you’d like. It’s easy knowing what length you need, and when you are buying a gift for your man like our men’s gold curb chain, you would also need to know the length that suits him.

We hope these pointers helped you have a Curb Chain that is likely to make you happy and comfortable. Worry not about what others would say, because here in IceCarats, we always want you to be you! Always happy and unique.

Occasions / When to Wear?

The Curb chains are one of the most traditional link chains that have been popular for years. The design of the chain we go-to is a personal choice, but sometimes we tend to misuse it on the wrong occasion. The Curb Chains are suitable for daily wear, outdoor activities, gym and sports, casual gatherings, or even formal events. You can always decide when to wear chains, but the mentioned occasions above are perfect for wearing your curb chains.

If you plan on including a curb chain in your jewelry design, you may want to have the best style and the best piece you can have. Here in IceCarats, we can help you understand all the options available to you, so you can choose the perfect Curb Chain that compliments your jewelry design and everyday style. To supplement this, additional details are always on our website.