Cuff links may not be as conspicuous as a woman’s earrings but these tiny accessories give a man’s look more panache. A man in a suit is just another man until he lifts his hand and that fleeting spark captures your eyes. Then it all becomes a different picture – that of charm and masculine grace.
Cuff links (also cufflinks and cuff-links), have been a man’s adornment since the 17th Century. Its origin however, goes back to the Middle Ages when fashionable men wore cuff strings. Since then, cuff links have evolved into many designs and types. Just as women’s earrings are made of different metals and embellished with dazzling stones, cuff links are also made of different metals and burnished with precious gems or novel materials. There are three common types of cuff links: T-shape, shackle or chain link, and mushroom-shaped. Among these three, the T-shape is the most common type.
Like any accessories, cuff links are worn with some rules and guidelines.First, they must be worn with French cuff shirts and more visible when worn with a suit jacket. Second, cuff links should complement the rest of the accessories like wedding band, stud sets, watch, or even the belt buckle. Third, the color, style, or embellishment of the cuff links should match the type of event one is attending. Casual designs or novelty cuff links are best worn at casual gatherings.
Nowadays, cuff links are one of the few accessories that a man wears. Depending on the materials, accents, and make, prices of cuff links very greatly – from $10 to $1000, or even more. Although, cuff links are no longer reserved for the high class population, some brands still prove these tiny adornments can cost big.
Links of London
Rogue Tusk Sterling Silver Chainlink Cufflinks –Generously heavy; tactile in hands; go great for casual and formal events;$190
Classic Button Chainlink Cufflinks in Sterling Silver – Simple classic design that speaks elegance; for formal or casual events; $190
Aged Sterling Silver Crest Cuff Links – Cut-out crest and cord motif in aged sterling silver;
Made in Italy;$350
Tiffany & Co.
Elsa Peretti Bean cuff links – Lapis lazuli in sterling silver; $775
Elsa Peretti Eternal Circle cuff links – 18 karat gold; $1,450; in sterling silver, $250
Cartier 3-Gold – Three intertwined golds – yellow, white, rose; sign of refinement; pricing info not available online
Cartier Elongated C cufflinks – sterling silver with Rhodium finish; double flip-over sytem; pricing info not available online
Babylon Diamond Cufflinks ; De Beers Talisman collection;18K yellow gold; set with two rough diamonds; Hallmark setting; Total carat weight 1.26; $1600
Sun Diamond Cufflinks; De Beers Talisman Collection; 18K yellow gold; set with a selection of white and fancy color round brilliant polished diamonds; Hallmark setting; 0.96 carat weight;$2800
Cable Classics cuff links; from the Cable Classics Collection; sterling silver; matte finish; with Cable inset; $295
Pave Diamond cuff links; 18K yellow gold; pave diamonds 1.36 total carat weight; cable trim; 2/3″ square; $5600