An Elegant History of Men’s Cufflinks

Men’s cufflinks have always been associated with high society. Even today, a man is often thought to be rich and powerful if he is wearing a set of custom cufflinks. The start of this trend in thinking began with the first cufflinks that were ever worn.


The History of Modern Cufflinks

Before the cufflink, men’s shirt sleeves were held together by ribbon. Tailors made the openings for the head and arms larger so that there was plenty of room to take the shirt on and off.


By the mid-13th century, tailors started to add buttons to pin shirt sleeves together, rather than ribbon. This trend grew in popularity until the early 16th century when two buttons started to appear on men’s shirts. The buttons became ornate with a chain link connecting them. These “sleeve buttons” became very popular with the upper class when men started to wear them to commemorate special events, such as weddings, with this accessory. King Charles II is credited for keeping cufflinks part of high society. Because he was often seen wearing them each and every time he went out in public.


These ornate custom cufflinks were called sleeve buttons until 1788 when the first record term “cufflink” was used. By this time, the cufflink was a part of every male of wealth’s wardrobe. This trend, which had started out in England, was spreading quickly throughout Europe. Men were starting to add jewels and monograms to their custom cufflinks. A new jewel material called glass paste help to fuel more elaborate and ornate cufflinks. The cufflink design however had not changed. It was still two fat metals the size of a button connected by a chain.


Because the cufflink had to be made by hand from a jeweler, only men of wealth were able to purchase them. With the Industrial Revolution, quantities of cufflinks started to rise while the price began to fall. This allowed more men to begin purchasing mass produced cufflinks for a fraction of the cost. This new production method also brought us the fix back cufflink design.


As production continued to increase, businessmen started to make the cufflink part of their everyday wardrobe. By the 1920′s, the cufflink was no longer thought of as a formal attire accessory only. Designers started to come out with inexpensive, basic designs that everyman could use. This also gave way to inventing the “whale back” and toggle closure that are most commonly used today. Because of the ease of production, custom cufflinks began to decline but were still ordered for special occasion.


Cufflinks Today

After the 1960′s, cufflinks started to fall out of popularity. This was mostly due to shirt manufactures designing formal shirts with button already on the sleeves. Cufflinks were still popular among top executives and people of high society but the everyday men were no longer wearing this symbol of stature. Despite this short decline in use, cufflinks today are still as popular today as ever among men with French cuff shirts who wish to wear custom cufflinks and novelty cufflinks that fit any occasion. From working at the office to going out dancing at a club, men today understand the style, class, and sophistication these cufflinks provide.


History shows us how important men’s cufflinks were and their importance in our wardrobe still today. Whether you are looking for custom cufflinks with your initials, your name, or your company’s logo or a pair of fabulous and classic cufflinks should be an intricate part of your wardrobe.


Cuff Connection offers a wide variety of men’s cufflinks for all occasions. Visit them online for information about novelty cufflinks, engraved cufflinks for men, and elegant cufflinks.


Pinto Gold is one of the best Toronto Jewelry shops for men who are looking for Cufflinks. Our selection of jewelry is constantly changing, as we find new to us pieces that we know our customers will love.

Also read: Crystal Earrings and Necklaces Adding to the Glamour Quotient


Cartier Watches – French Royalty at Its Finest!

When one thinks of ‘luxury’, different picture’s come to one’s mind. Some might think of Kings and or Queen’s, other may think of Emperors and Princes, while some might think of Knights and Fair maidens. Whatever come’s to your mind when thinking of luxury, the French and their influence on our economy and our culture is clearly evident. From the beginning of the modern age, the French has been a constant competitor with the English in trade, art, fashion, industry and royalty. What better expresses one’s genuineness and authenticity than an attractive piece of jewelry, to be specific, a luxury watch or timepiece? French made, Cartier luxury watches is the epitome of French royalty and design.

Founded in 1847 by Frenchman Louis-Francois Cartier, Cartier’s grandsons, Louis, Pierre and Jacques helped lead and propel the name Cartier to its current worldwide status. In 1904, due to a Brazilian aviator’s complaint’s pertaining to, at that time, traditional pocket watches, Cartier created the first, flat wrist bezel watch, unique in design, prestigious in quality.


From that time on, the Cartier brand has designed a wide range of designs and models, such as the Cartier Mystery Clock, the famous, war inspired, Cartier Tank Watch and Cartier Monde. Many different owners’ has controlled the Cartier name but never altering the famous Cartier quality. Cartier is also one of the most sought after luxury watches on the planet. Celebrities such as Uma Thurman, Princess Caroline, Meryl Streep, Donna Karan, Rod Stewart and other’s.


For example, record breaking sales watch, the Cartier Tank wristwatch, often come’s with 18k gold plated bands. Sparkling with diamond(s) impeded throughout, with scratch resistant frames, given to a variety of colors. This is what a call class ladies’ and gentlemen. Men and women are welcome to explore their huge field of French luxury, class, style and prestige. While wearing Cartier, one can’t help but know that they are wearing the best that the world of timepieces has to offer. So when you think of luxury, make sure that the French inspired, Cartier brand is at the top of your short list.


Cartier is also known for setting the standard for design in luxury watches. Cartier makes the best designs around in its luxury watches. When buying a cartier watch you can feel confident that you have the best watch design around.

Cariter Watches on sale at Cartier is a fine french company that makes luxury watches. The Watchery sells authentic cartier watches at below wholesale prices.


Pinto Gold has a wide catalogue of Toronto Watches you can surf. On, you will see various luxury wrist watches and brands of jewelry e.g. Bell & Ross, Baume Mercier, Audemars Piguet, Bulgari, Breguet, Cartier, Chopard, Tag Heuer, Jaeger-LeCoultre, IWC and Girard Perregaux.

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