Cuban link chains are a symbol of luxury and wealth. Here's why they're so expensive.

Even in the high-end world of jewelry, Cuban link chains are a symbol of luxury. Once a quintessential part of hip-hop style in the '70s and '80s, these chains have become increasingly popular in the last decade. Today, you'll find prominent rappers like Future, Daddy Yankee, and Lil Uzi Vert wearing Cuban link chains. Although majority of these chains are machine-made, many of the most expensive ones are handmade by just a few shops in Miami. One handmade 18-karat gold Cuban link chain can cost $27,000, and some of the most valuable ones will cost 10 times that. In 2012, Jay-Z wore one of the most expensive Cuban link chains made at the time, worth $200,000. So how exactly are Cuban link chains made? And why are they so expensive?