CUFFLINKS FROM THE 17TH CENTURY TO TODAY
Cufflinks date back to the 17th century and set a few trends along the way. Men then wanted a more stylish solution for their shirts. Traditionally, they had used ties and ribbons to hold the shirts of their cuffs together, as earlier shirts had no buttonholes to fasten the shirts. The earlier cufflink jewelry for men used small chains that attached to a button and voila, the Renaissance designer fashioned the first cufflinks.
As time moved forward, the cufflink became a vital part of every noble gentleman’s wardrobe, particularly in formal attire. They were no longer mere chains and buttons. They were adorned with precious metals and stones and were elegantly crafted and designed. An aristocrat dare not be seen without them!
The late 1700s to the early 1800s brought about change in the gent’s jewels. More cuffs were manufactured but designers sacrificed quality. Chains were replaced with rods, clips, and fasteners. Formal dress shirts were “cufflink-ready”, and record numbers of sales of both cufflinks and shirts were seen.
In the 1800s, the wearing of cufflinks began to extend beyond the well-to-do, and many men embraced the fashionable extension. They were no longer for evening wear and were affordable to almost anyone.
The last century brought the introduction of ready-to-fasten buttons on shirts. While the overall production of cufflinks was down, the more refined names in jewelry paid no attention to the trends. Companies like Cartier and Tiffany continued to produce the popular men’s adornment.
YOU SET THE TREND – IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE JEWELRY FOR MEN ONLY
Today, you can find almost any kind of cufflink and they’re not just jewelry for men anymore. Women have embraced cufflinks as a fashion accessory. And while you can find just about any design you can imagine, there are no comparisons to custom cufflinks, which is a unique enamel jewelry set that is designed only for you.
CUSTOM CLOISONNE CUFFLINKS – DESIGNED BY ME FOR YOU
When you commission me to create and design custom jewelry for men, whether it’s cufflinks, a pendant, or a ring, you’ll get fine enamel and gold jewelry that will be seen nowhere else in the world.
I use the finest solid gold available to create my one of a kind artisan creations. But, what sets my custom cufflinks apart is that the gold backdrop becomes a canvas for a miniature art masterpiece. I use brilliantly colored enamels to create a stunning design that’s all your own. The final result is an exquisite enamel jewelry creation set in gold that will last for eternity. Jewelry for men has never been more unique!
Contact me to get your custom cufflinks design started today!