The curb chain has its origins in horse riding and horse-drawn carts and vehicles, and as you can imagine goes back a long time. The curb chain is a piece of tack attached to the mouth bit - the chain goes under the curved groove of the horse's neck and between the bit shank arms on either side. Tightness / looseness of this chain can affect the comfort and health of the horse, so riders pay careful attention to this chain, that they use to 'curb' their horse. Of course, like most chains used in industry, the curb chain has been adapted for human jewellery! And the curb chain is by far the most popular chain style manufactured and sold today. It consists of links which can be flat, raised, bevelled, open or close. Whatever, the link style, they are uniform in size and curb chains are popular in both gold and sterling silver. Fine curb chains are a popular choice for pendants, while wide curb chains work well as standalone or statement necklaces. Curb chains are also made into bracelets and anklets.
A slight variation on the traditional curb chains comes with the 'Miami Cuban' curb chain, where tightly packed, dense curb links are given a slightly curved/domed top to lovely effect. Cuban chains are super choice when you want a more chunky and metal-heavy look.
Heavy and wide curb chains are pretty resilient necklaces, while finer more delicate curb chains will require a great deal more care. In order to keep your curb chain in good shape for many years we recommend always removing it before sleep, or during any activity where it could get pulled or snagged. Both pure gold and silver are soft metals and though they are alloyed with other metals in order to make 9ct gold, 18ct gold and sterling silver, good care still needs to be taken of them.
Definitely and unequivocally not. Always take chain necklaces, anklets and bracelets off before sleep. When we move around in our sleep wearing a chain, its links rub together and weaken. Sleeping in gold or silver chains always causes microscopic amounts of damage which adds up over time. A thin curb chain will break quite quickly, a more chunky curb or cuban chain may take longer but eventually it will succumb to sleep damage.