Ever see a vintage pocket watch or a chunky 80's punk choker and wonder what type of chain is that? It's a curb chain. This classic style is made up of identical oval links that interlock together to lay flat for a polished, masculine look that's become a timeless jewelry staple through the years.
An Edwardian man, actor Fred Astaire, and a 1940's Chicago youth pairing curb chain pocket watches or wallet chains with their suits.
Early curb chains are thought to be inspired by the heavy fluid chainmaille armor worn by knights, and the ornate livery collars worn by the nobility of the Middle Ages. They soon became a staple in men's accessories, from Edwardian pocket watches to zoot suit embellishments.
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60's rockers piled pendants onto vintage curb chains, 70's punks donned heavier chains for their industrial look, and 80's glam style icons layered oversized gold and silver curb chains for maximum shine on the dance floor.
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The status symbol of gold chains in 80's disco and glam-rock style brought gave way to 90's, where heavy gold curb chains became a staple of both hip-hop culture and Chanel & Moschino runway looks.
Centuries later, from high fashion to street style, changing trends and times have never curbed the popularity of this classic chain.