History of Cufflinks

History of Cufflinks

Cufflinks have distinguished gentlemen for centuries, and have come a long way since their first documented use back in the 17th century where men used them as something more elegant for their shirts other than the ribbons and ties. The cuff buttons, as they were known back then, were considered a symbol of status that only the royalty and the elite could afford. These cuff buttons were painstakingly handmade and supply were very limited.

With the invention of the Tour a'Guilloche machine in the 18th century, cufflinks were able to be mass-produced. Cufflinks were no longer an item exclusive to the upper-class, and men from the middle-class adopted the fashion trend. Although a far cry from the diamond and gold-enameled cufflinks that the upper-class wore, the mass-market cufflinks made of fake diamonds and gold-coloured alloys with foll backing really made the men stand out with their own style.

The modern day cufflinks has certainly come a long way with many variations of artwork and material, adorned with crystals, mother of pearl, gemstones and other precious metals. 


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