The cufflinks can be a jewel that often goes unnoticed. Before the first antique cufflinks existed, the way to fasten the cuffs of shirts was with pins, ribbons, laces or fine chains. It was in the post-renaissance era, when jewelers began to create ornamental buttons linked with links. Then, it was when the upper classes of Europe, especially from Great Britain, began to use them as part of their elegant attire.
Shirts and cufflinks
The use of the cufflinks is closely related to the evolution of the shirts. When in the middle of the 19th century, the sleeve of the handles was hardened with starch, the use of buttons was complicated, with which the popularity of the cufflinks grew. This was also thanks to the technological implantation with which the production of twins could grow considerably and become more popular.
The old twins evolve and stop linking exclusively to men’s fashion. Women like Marlene Dietrich, icon of fashion, dare with masculine looks that set trends.
Ancient cufflinks: real jewels
Many jewelers of bygone eras have created silver and gold cufflinks. In addition to working with nacre, stones, and precious metals, many artists used buttons as small canvases. Landscapes and portraits are usually engraved, painted or printed motifs. It was also common for these small pieces to keep a lock of the beloved’s hair or a lost love.
A very valued detail of the ancient era was the way to present the cufflinks. Royal families like the English, ordered the cufflinks with portraits that were delivered in boxes meticulously worked. The English royal house, for example, has a large collection of antique cufflinks. The series begins with the reign of Edward VII that continues to the royal house of the Dukes of Windsor.