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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His Armani tux was a wool and cashmere blend access raised with customized cufflinks, a gift from his bride with "George" inscribed in arabic. Inside the reception George and Amal cut into a yint cake. Sure looks like guests Matt dame been and Emily...Read more

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Access Hollywood, September 30th

His Armani tux was a wool and cashmere blend access raised with customized cufflinks, a gift from his bride with "George" inscribed in arabic. Inside the reception George and Amal cut into a yint cake. Sure looks like guests Matt dame been and Emily...Read more

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amal-alamuddin-george-clooney-wedding-photos-dress.jpg The photos are out from the George Clooney-Amal Alamuddin nuptials that took place this past weekend in Italy. People in the U.S. and Hello! in the U.K. debuted the pictures of the happy couple ...Read more

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Technabob (blog), September 28th

These handmade Darth Vader cufflinks are just $22.49(USD) from Cuff Reations (I'm not sure what a “reation” is either). They have a great selection of cuffs, but none more sinister and powerful than this set. Although the Stormtrooper cufflinks are...Read more

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A breakdown of the purchases made by those 362 staff shows $988 was spent on a corporate gift which included a silk tie, cufflinks and handkerchief set, $615 was spent on muzzles to issue owners of dangerous dogs, $1055.70 on shotgun shells for a goose ...Read more

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To craft a pair of Mashrabiya diamond cufflinks by Mario Uboldi, with almost 300 stones of approximately 3 carats set in 18k white gold with rose gold backing takes time, skill and patience. A personalised engraving can be added to this limited edition...Read more

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New York Times (blog), September 4th

Why is the best, most elegant kind of cuff link — two flat ovals, connected with a chain — nearly impossible to find in any store? It's simple, symmetrical, beautiful. Bar cuff links, by contrast, are unnatural and unbalanced. On one side, they go...Read more