The Secret to Making Your Figaro Chain Lay Perfectly: A Personal Guide from David

Mastering the Figaro Chain: Tips for Perfect Wear

Hey everyone, David here from Jewelry Addicts! Today, I want to dive into a common frustration that many of you might be facing with your beloved link chains. If you’ve ever worn a link chain, curb chain, Miami Cuban link, flat curb chain, mariner chain, or figaro chain and found it twisting or not laying perfectly, you’re not alone. It’s an issue that plagues many jewelry enthusiasts, but don’t worry—I’m here to share a simple tip that can help you get your chain to lay right.

Let’s start with a bit of my personal experience. On my neck, I have a 5.5mm white gold flat curb chain that I’ve been wearing daily for 16 years. Yes, you read that right—16 years, day in and day out. This chain is made in Italy and is of very high quality, which is why I’ve been loyal to it for so long. However, despite its quality, it doesn’t always hang straight.

When I first got this chain, I knew very little about gold jewelry. It never occurred to me to line it up and make sure it hung straight. The expectation that chains should hang perfectly straight became a trend when Miami jewelers started hand-making Miami Cuban links that boasted flawless alignment. These heavier, handmade chains made in smaller quantities are more likely to hang straight. In contrast, lighter, machine-made chains produced in large volumes, like those from Italy, often don’t hang as perfectly.

Embracing Imperfection

Now, let’s get one thing straight: I love my chain, even if it doesn’t hang perfectly. If you’re in a similar situation where your chain is kinking and twisting more than you’d like, there’s a simple solution. Here’s a quick tip that can help: make sure you’re clasping it correctly.

When you clasp your chain, take the lobster clasp and run it all the way down. Make sure the other end is straight. If you’re doing this alone, it might take some practice. It sounds like a simple “duh” moment, but you’d be surprised how much this little trick can help your chain lay correctly. If you do it backwards, it will twist, and I’ll show you a B-roll of me clasping it backwards, which results in so much twist that it doesn’t lay flat no matter how much I try to fix it.

The Clasping Technique

To ensure your chain lays flat, here’s the detailed technique:

  1. Hold the chain with the lobster clasp at one end.
  2. Let the chain dangle freely and make sure the opposite end is straight.
  3. Bring the opposite end up and clasp it onto your neck carefully.

This might seem overly simple, but it’s incredibly effective. Many people put their chains on backwards, causing flipping and twisting. This problem can happen with any type of chain, whether it’s a Franco chain, a mariner chain, or a figaro chain. If you don’t clasp it correctly, it’s going to twist and cause you more headaches.

Real-Life Scenarios

Let’s talk about real-life scenarios. When I’m playing basketball or running around, my flat curb chain will offer a slight twist. As I mentioned, it doesn’t hang completely straight, especially at the bottom, where it might coil a little bit. In these cases, I simply reposition it, and if I’m wearing it casually, it usually lays as it should. Even when I move around a lot, it naturally lays flat again without much fuss.

I never really noticed this issue until people started being very strict about whether chains hang straight. It became a thing, but honestly, it shouldn’t prevent you from buying a link chain. If you’re very particular and want a Miami Cuban link that hangs like an arrow, then you need to go for those handmade, lower-volume options. But for a chain like my 5.5mm flat curb, it doesn’t really matter. I’m speaking from personal experience, and that’s why I back this chain so much—I love it, and it has been a huge part of my passion for wearing jewelry.

Why I Love My Flat Curb Chain

There’s something special about my flat curb chain. It has never failed me, even though it’s not always perfectly straight. This minor imperfection has never been an issue for me. Over time, the chain kind of fixes and corrects itself, so it’s not a big deal. If it does coil, it’s usually because of the way I move or what I’m wearing, like a hoodie or a shirt, which creates a void that can cause the chain to twist.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, if you’re struggling with your link chain twisting and not laying right, try this quick tip. Make sure to clasp it correctly, straight down, holding the opposite end with your finger, and then bring it up to clasp on your neck. It might take a bit of practice, but over time, you’ll get the hang of it. If you’re in a rush, it’s easy to throw the chain on and cause it to kink more than it should, so take a moment to clasp it right.

I hope this helps you enjoy your link chains more, whether it’s a curb chain, Miami Cuban link, flat curb chain, mariner chain, or figaro chain. Remember, the beauty of jewelry is not just in its perfection, but in how it makes you feel. Wear your chains with confidence and embrace their unique characteristics. Until next time, stay stylish and keep shining!

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