Shirts with French cuffs—which are cuffs with two buttonholes instead of one buttonhole plus a button—are designed for cufflinks (or cuff links, as they are sometimes spelled). Some cufflinks feature straps that wrap around the outside edges of a shirt’s cuffs, but most cufflinks feature an embellished surface that is worn facing out, as well as a pivoting post that discreetly secures the decorative side of the cufflink to the cuff.
In the late 19th century, as Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts vied with Edwardian sensibilities for style supremacy, cufflinks were often made of 14-karat gold and set with everything from onyx to agates. Lion heads were popular designs, as were cufflinks made from Roman coins. At the turn of the 20th century, a manufacturer called Fenwick and Sailor made numerous styles of cufflinks that resembled charms on a charm bracelet.
By the 1920s and ’30s, enameling techniques common to other types of jewelry—from rings to bracelets to brooches—had found their way to cufflinks. South of the U.S. border, Mexican silversmiths in Taxco created cufflinks in the shapes of tropical birds and other animals. And at some point, Royal Copenhagen and Wedgwood got into the act, the former creating pillow-like porcelain cufflinks in the firm’s trademark blue, the latter producing cameo cufflinks out of Jasperware.
The functional design of these cufflinks was as varied as their decorations. Instead of a pivoting post, some so-called “dumbbell” or shank-style cufflinks would feature a backing piece that was just small enough to squeeze through the cuff’s buttonholes. Small lengths of slender chain were substituted for posts in some designs, while double-face cufflinks (also referred to as double-side or double-panel cufflinks) had no “good” or “bad” side since both faces were richly detailed.
Cufflinks achieved a cachet of cool after World War II, when the sophisticated man about town kept a collection of cufflinks on hand that rivaled his array of neckties. In the 1960s in particular, a company called Swank was making 12-million pair a year, most of them big and brassy as costume jewelry. Crown shapes were a popular Swank design, as were cufflinks that showed off large chunks of topaz, smoky quartz, and other semi-precious stones. Swank also made cufflinks for Masons and other fraternal orders, while Hugh Hefner sold his devotees square black cufflinks with a white bunny at their centers.
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Jay Emmett: The Funniest Man AliveHuffington Post, July 2nd
He worked his way through crowds by talking into his cufflinks pretending to be a member of the United States Secret Service, and everyone believed him. He braved stress by inviting everyone to dinner. He inspired the mighty with his business card...Read more
Macy's, Inc. Dumps Trump, The Trump Hotel Collection HackedBusiness Finance News, July 2nd
Macy's moves come as the retailer sells a clothing line by Mr. Trump, including formal, business-wear shirts, neckties, cufflinks, and other business attire accessories. Moreover, reports claim a MoveOn.org petition being set up asking the retailer to...Read more
Innovative former Virginia Tech AD Jim Weaver passes awayDaily Press, July 2nd
She remembers the man who loved trips to Nordstrom to shop for socks, and who had a habit of removing his gold cufflinks and rolling up his sleeves every time he entered a meeting of athletic administrators at WMU — a ritual she and her fellow...Read more
Manhattan Was Almost Home to a 200-Foot-Tall Owl MausoleumAtlas Obscura, July 2nd
Bennett also took to keeping live owls in the office, wearing owls on his cufflinks, and painting owls' eyes on the prow of his beloved Lysistrata yacht. Soon, the masthead of the Herald itself featured an owl. What lay behind Bennett's obsession with...Read more
Mainland tycoon's son accused of cheating in yacht exam with cufflinks pinhole ...Coconuts Hong Kong, June 25th
The son of a mainland business tycoon is in court accused of using a pinhole camera disguised as cufflinks to cheat in a boating exam. Huang Xiapeng has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to defraud, despite making an earlier confession, ...Read more
reBUTTON Launches on Kickstarter — 3D Printed Buttons & Cuff Links for a ...3DPrint.com, June 19th
“We were inspired to create reBUTTON after realizing the cuff links my best friend and I wanted to purchase for his wedding retailed for $400,” Obodoechina explained to 3DPrint.com. “So we decided to 3D print a matching pair. I worked at Hewlett...Read more
Nintendo Controller Cufflinks: For Formal GamingTechnabob (blog), June 12th
You are going to look amazing wearing these Nintendo Controller Cufflinks. You'll have a D-pad on one wrist and the A/B buttons on the other. nintendo_cufflinks_1 zoom in. These cufflinks are perfect any any old school Nintendo fan who wants to look great...Read more