Cufflinks – The Past, Present & Future
What began as merely a means to a (fastened) end,
has evolved into a fashion statement that has withstood
the test of time.
Chain Cufflinks with precious metal or pearl button
tops made their debut in the 1600s when they replaced silk
ribbons used to fasten men’s shirt cuffs together.
Once an exclusive accessory for the aristocrat, cuff
links were finally available to the middle-class gentleman
with the onset of the Industrial Revolution - rods replaced
small chains and advances in manufacturing increased production
and lowered costs. By the 19th century, shirt makers had
expanded their lines to feature cufflink-ready
dress shirts and cuff links were adorning the masses!
Cuff link Craze
After suffering a slide in popularity in the 1970s, cufflinks
are once again a fashion “must” for any occasion!
Cufflinks of all shapes and sizes make a statement
at formal affairs and in the work place. Anything
goes with today’s designs - diamonds, pearls, onyx,
fiber-optics, enamels and wood accents. The Personalized
cufflink may be monogrammed, engraved or designed to
distinguish the owner’s profession, favorite pastime
The most recent revival of cufflinks led to the
opening of the Cuff Link Museum in Conway, New
Hampshire, where the worlds largest cuff link collection
featured 70,000 pairs from the late 1700s through contemporary
times. Cufflinks have been valued from as little
as $2.50 up to $440,000 at auction (for a platinum set encrusted
with diamonds presented to Edward VIII in 1935).
links are considered
an essential part of the well-dressed
man – but are gradually gaining
popularity in women’s fashion. Women
can find a variety of feminine yet business-like
cuff link sets online at sites
such as cufflinksdepot.com
. Cuff links make their own history and
their own future as a family heirloom,
to pass down through generations to come.