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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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Hobe Hinged Cuff Bracelet
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Hobe Hinged Cuff Bracelet
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$4117 Bids
Vintage Silver and Turquoise Bracelet
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage Silver and Turquoise Bracelet
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$1108 Bids
Vintage Sterling Sterling Cuff Bracelet
Oct 26, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage Sterling Sterling Cuff Bracelet
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$207 Bids
Large Zuni Sterling Silver & Turquoise Cuff Bracelet
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
Large Zuni Sterling Silver & Turquoise Cuff Bracelet
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$1006 Bids
Art Adams, 3/4 in. (1.9 cm) w.
Oct 27, 9:00 AM PDT
Art Adams, 3/4 in. (1.9 cm) w.
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $150- $250
$1405 Bids
Zuni Sterling Silver Inlaid Ring, Earrings & Cuff
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
Zuni Sterling Silver Inlaid Ring, Earrings & Cuff
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$454 Bids
Vintage R. J. Bickel Phoenix Sterling Silver Cuff
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage R. J. Bickel Phoenix Sterling Silver Cuff
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$354 Bids
Burberry of London: Black Leather & Smokey Silvertone Stud Wrist Cuff
Oct 28, 6:00 PM AEDT
Burberry of London: Black Leather & Smokey Silvertone Stud Wrist Cuff
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD754 Bids
Zuni Sterling Silver & Turquoise Cuff Bracelet
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
Zuni Sterling Silver & Turquoise Cuff Bracelet
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids
Sterling Silver & Turquoise Cuff Bracelet
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
Sterling Silver & Turquoise Cuff Bracelet
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$403 Bids
BRACELET MANCHETTE
Oct 21, 10:30 AM CEST
BRACELET MANCHETTE
by HVMC - Hôtel des Ventes de Monte-Carlo
Est: €800- €1,000
€9002 Bids
Antique Sterling Silver and Onyx Cuff
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Sterling Silver and Onyx Cuff
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $20- $200
$402 Bids
Art Adams, 5/8 in. (1.6 cm) w.
Oct 27, 9:00 AM PDT
Art Adams, 5/8 in. (1.6 cm) w.
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $150- $250
$1001 Bid
A small Art Adams sterling cuff bracelet, 5/8 in. (1.6 cm) w.
Oct 27, 9:00 AM PDT
A small Art Adams sterling cuff bracelet, 5/8 in. (1.6 cm) w.
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $150- $250
$1001 Bid
Art Adams, 1/2 in. (1.3 cm) w.
Oct 27, 9:00 AM PDT
Art Adams, 1/2 in. (1.3 cm) w.
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $125- $175
$801 Bid
TAXCO TC-11 SOUTHWEST GEMSTONE CUFF BRACELET
Oct 24, 2:00 PM EDT
TAXCO TC-11 SOUTHWEST GEMSTONE CUFF BRACELET
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
STERLING SILVER NEPALI MANTRA CUFF BRACELET
Oct 26, 6:00 PM PDT
STERLING SILVER NEPALI MANTRA CUFF BRACELET
by O'Gallerie
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
Gold Tone Red Coral MOP Carnelian CZ Bracer Armlet
Oct 30, 11:30 AM EDT
Gold Tone Red Coral MOP Carnelian CZ Bracer Armlet
by Joshua Kodner
Est: $100- $300
$501 Bid
SAINT LAURENT PARIS - GILDED METAL CUFF - 2011 ca
Oct 25, 3:00 PM CEST
SAINT LAURENT PARIS - GILDED METAL CUFF - 2011 ca
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €80- €100
€801 Bid
2PC STERLING SILVER BANGLE & FLOWER CUFF
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
2PC STERLING SILVER BANGLE & FLOWER CUFF
by Charleston Estate Auctions
Est: $250- $350
$51 Bid
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Gold and Diamond Cuff Bracelet
Oct 21, 12:00 PM EDT
Gold and Diamond Cuff Bracelet
by Doyle New York
Est: $10,000- $15,000
$5,0001 Bid
Kieselstein-Cord 9.75ctw Diamond & 18K Flower Cuff
Oct 30, 10:00 AM PDT
Kieselstein-Cord 9.75ctw Diamond & 18K Flower Cuff
by GWS Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$2,5001 Bid

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