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Cuff Bracelets

Cuff bracelet designs can be traced to the 2nd millennium B.C., appearing nearly simultaneously among both the ancient Mayan and Chinese cultures. However, the ancient Egyptians are often credited with having popularized the elegant accessory. Queens such as Cleopatra, for example, were recorded as sporting a storied collection of arm cuffs rendered in gold and semiprecious stones.

The popularity of the cuff persisted throughout history. Its design versatility – from a simple, hammered metal band to more elaborate bejeweled baubles that make bold statements – allowed it to change across trends and fashions of each era. By the time of the Renaissance, cuff bracelets had become increasingly elegant, with a greater number of pearls and other precious materials being incorporated into designs.

Celebration of the cuff continued well into the 18th and 19th centuries, as discovery of the ancient world initiated a worldwide fascination with ancient Egypt and Rome. This enthusiasm was further stoked in the 20th century with major designers like Coco Chanel and Van Cleef & Arpels advocating for their creation.


Quick Facts

  • Renaissance painter Raphael’s iconic painting, “La Fornarina,” 1518-1520, includes a prominent cuff on her arm that reveals Raphael’s signature
  • When comic book character Wonder Woman first debuted in 1941, an essential part of her costume was her pair of cuff bracelets. Intended as indestructible guards against enemy attack, these cuffs bear a stylish cut in keeping with early 1940s fashion
  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis adored her set of hammered gold cuffs designed by Van Cleef & Arpels, so much so that they are featured in the famous photograph of her shaking hands with Muhammed Ali in 1977. Kennedy’s cuffs sold at a Sotheby’s auction in 2011 for $128,500

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14K & Sterling Jimmy Secatero M.M. Rogers Bracelet
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
14K & Sterling Jimmy Secatero M.M. Rogers Bracelet
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$13012 Bids
Sterling Silver & Turquoise Cuff Bracelet
Mar 03, 10:00 AM MST
Sterling Silver & Turquoise Cuff Bracelet
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$1308 Bids
Signed Kabana Sterling Horse Motif Cuff
Mar 03, 10:00 AM MST
Signed Kabana Sterling Horse Motif Cuff
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$606 Bids
John Hardy 18K & Silver Dot Design Cuff
Mar 03, 12:00 PM EST
John Hardy 18K & Silver Dot Design Cuff
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $800- $1,200
$1504 Bids
Signed Silver & Turquoise Cuff Bracelet
Mar 03, 10:00 AM MST
Signed Silver & Turquoise Cuff Bracelet
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$504 Bids
Vintage Sterling Silver & Turquoise Cuff Bracelet
Mar 03, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Sterling Silver & Turquoise Cuff Bracelet
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$403 Bids
Sterling Silver & Turquoise Cuff Bracelet
Mar 03, 10:00 AM MST
Sterling Silver & Turquoise Cuff Bracelet
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$403 Bids
14K Yellow Gold Hinge Cuff Emerald and Diamond Bracelet
Mar 02, 11:00 AM EST
14K Yellow Gold Hinge Cuff Emerald and Diamond Bracelet
by Northgate Gallery Auctions
Est: $3,000- $7,000
$4253 Bids
STERLING SILVER MEXICO BRAIDED CABLE CUFF BRACELET
Mar 02, 11:00 AM EST
STERLING SILVER MEXICO BRAIDED CABLE CUFF BRACELET
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Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
Middle Eastern Sterling & Turquoise Cuff Bracelet
Mar 03, 10:00 AM MST
Middle Eastern Sterling & Turquoise Cuff Bracelet
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
Emery Yazzie Spiny Coral & Sterling Cuff Bracelet
Mar 02, 11:00 AM EST
Emery Yazzie Spiny Coral & Sterling Cuff Bracelet
by Jacksons Auction & Real Estate Company
Est: $200- $1,000
$1102 Bids
(2) Sterling and Turquise Cuff Bracelets
Mar 02, 11:00 AM EST
(2) Sterling and Turquise Cuff Bracelets
by Jacksons Auction & Real Estate Company
Est: $100- $500
$502 Bids
Anthony Skeets Sterling Ajax & Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Cuff Bracelet
Mar 23, 9:00 AM MDT
Anthony Skeets Sterling Ajax & Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Cuff Bracelet
by R&H Auction
Est: $1,000- $2,500
$202 Bids
CUFF BRACELET
Jan 17, 1:00 PM CST
CUFF BRACELET
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Bronze Turquoise Inlaid Bird Bracelet
Mar 02, 2:00 PM EST
Bronze Turquoise Inlaid Bird Bracelet
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $250- $500
$2001 Bid
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A Federico Jimenez mosaic inlay Rainbow Man cuff bracelet
Mar 12, 10:00 AM PDT
A Federico Jimenez mosaic inlay Rainbow Man cuff bracelet
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $500- $700
$2501 Bid
SCHWERE GG / WG ARMSPANGE 0.585,
Mar 01, 11:00 AM CET
SCHWERE GG / WG ARMSPANGE 0.585,
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€8001 Bid
Sterling Silver Heart Cuff Bracelet
Mar 04, 10:00 AM EST
Sterling Silver Heart Cuff Bracelet
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $10,000
$11 Bid
Artie Yellowhorse Onyx and Sterling Cuff Bracelet
Mar 02, 11:00 AM EST
Artie Yellowhorse Onyx and Sterling Cuff Bracelet
by Jacksons Auction & Real Estate Company
Est: $100- $300
$501 Bid
Edison Begay Amethyst & Sterling Cuff Bracelet
Mar 02, 11:00 AM EST
Edison Begay Amethyst & Sterling Cuff Bracelet
by Jacksons Auction & Real Estate Company
Est: $100- $300
$501 Bid
Sterling & Turquoise Cuff Watch Bracelet
Mar 02, 11:00 AM EST
Sterling & Turquoise Cuff Watch Bracelet
by Jacksons Auction & Real Estate Company
Est: $100- $500
$501 Bid
Sterling & Turquoise Cuff Watch Bracelet
Mar 02, 11:00 AM EST
Sterling & Turquoise Cuff Watch Bracelet
by Jacksons Auction & Real Estate Company
Est: $100- $500
$501 Bid
Sterling & Turquoise Cuff Watch Bracelet
Mar 02, 11:00 AM EST
Sterling & Turquoise Cuff Watch Bracelet
by Jacksons Auction & Real Estate Company
Est: $100- $500
$501 Bid
Sterling & Ox Blood Coral Cuff Watch Bracelet
Mar 02, 11:00 AM EST
Sterling & Ox Blood Coral Cuff Watch Bracelet
by Jacksons Auction & Real Estate Company
Est: $100- $500
$501 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Cuff Bracelets


Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Vintage Auctions

Vintage Auctions

Berner's Auction Gallery

Berner's Auction Gallery

Jacksons Auction & Real Estate Company

Jacksons Auction & Real Estate Company