The Trendiest Women’s Necklaces 18K Gold
Lester Fangonilo - November 22, 2021
There can be nothing finer than a gold necklace, especially if these are necklaces 18K gold: the shine is unmistakable and the luster exceptional.
But while gold necklaces are, essentially, timeless, we do understand the need for the fashion-conscious to be on-trend with what’s au courant on the scene. In this post, we walk you through four necklace styles on the cutting edge of style.
The Cuban Chain Necklace 18k Gold: Chunky, Hot, and Ready to Trot
So named because it was initially worn by those participating in Miami’s vibrant Latin nightlife scene, the Cuban Link - also known as the Miami Link - is one of today’s hottest necklace styles and it is particularly stunning when rendered in 18K gold. These first appeared on the scene in Miami dance clubs in the '70s and '80s and were worn by fashionable Cuban emigres who relocated to the United States.
You don’t have to know how to dance the salsa to wear these chains. The substantial look of the Cuban Link lends itself beautifully to both formal and casual outfits. While normally worn by men, more delicate versions of the chain are equally stunning on women, particularly if worn with unusual pendants or charms.
Cuban Link necklaces 18k gold are characterized by their durability - a quality that is made possible with the use of interlocking links to form a strong chain. The resulting necklace is resistant to tugging or breaking, even though necklaces 18K gold are somewhat softer due to the minimal use of lesser metals like silver, copper, and zinc.
It should be noted that the Cuban Link is available in two specific styles: the Classic Cuban and the Prong. The primary difference lies in their construction and appearance.
The classic Cuban features a chain with interlocking round or oval links. The resulting interlocking pattern forms a chain that lies flat on one’s chest.
On the other hand, prong links are designed to have a sharper, more angular look. The links in this type of necklace are specifically designed with sharper cuts to form chains with an appealing woven-looking design. Prongs are a relatively new variation of the Cuban Link as jewelers first offered these in the 2010s.
The Link Chain: Variations on a Theme
The term link chain is a somewhat ambiguous one as practically all necklace chains are considered link chains - so called because each one is a string of interlocked metallic rings or links.
The more popular types are as follows:
When crafted into necklaces 18K gold, all these chains look amazing but note that some of the boxier and bulkier styles may be more appropriate if worn by men rather than women.
Pendant Necklaces 18k Gold: The Art of Simplicity
In the case of pendant necklaces, the most popular necklace chain would be either the cable chain or the rope chain, as both styles can easily be made finer and narrower.
The key tip to consider when buying pendant necklaces is that the pendant should not weigh heavier than the chain it will be hanging from. Especially if you’re considering an 18K necklace chain, the sheer weight of the pendant may cause the chain to snap. That said, the weight ratio should be 1:1 - unless, of course, the pendant is finely wrought and delicate in appearance, making it somewhat lighter than the chain.
Also, it’s a matter of good taste if you’re thinking about getting a heavy chain paired with an equally heavy pendant. While this may be de rigueur among hip-hop artists, wearing a heavy chain with prominent links and an oversized ornament roughly the size of a wall clock wound be serious overkill - even if they’re necklaces 18K gold.
Toggle Necklaces: Unusual Yet Appealing
Conventional necklace chains usually have the clasp worn at the back of the neck, well away from sight. However, the toggle necklace is different: the unusual nature and appearance of the clasp is actually one of its most appealing features.
In toggle necklaces 18k gold, the clasp is worn front and center, just above the pendant. Ideally, the designs of both clasp and pendant should be complementary, not competing with each other for the viewer’s attention.
The design also has a practical purpose: it’s an easier way to put on and take off a necklace for those who suffer from limited mobility, such as those with severe arthritis or a frozen shoulder. It also works for those who feel uncomfortable having the clasp at the back of their necks.