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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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MEXICO STERLING CUFF LOADED WITH BLACK AND
Dec 01, 11:00 AM EST
MEXICO STERLING CUFF LOADED WITH BLACK AND
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $250- $350
$13012 Bids
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ARMAND AMERICAN HORSE NICKEL SILVER MULTI STONE CUFF
Dec 03, 9:00 AM MST
ARMAND AMERICAN HORSE NICKEL SILVER MULTI STONE CUFF
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1307 Bids
JOSEPH ESPOSITO Red leather & STERLING SILVER Cuff
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
JOSEPH ESPOSITO Red leather & STERLING SILVER Cuff
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $20- $60
$106 Bids
TM-247 SOS CUFF BRACELET STERLING SILVER TAXCO
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
TM-247 SOS CUFF BRACELET STERLING SILVER TAXCO
by Imperial Auction
Est: $300- $400
$606 Bids
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HTM SOUTHWESTERN STERLING NEEDLEPOINT TURQUOISE CUFF
Dec 04, 9:00 AM MST
HTM SOUTHWESTERN STERLING NEEDLEPOINT TURQUOISE CUFF
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$556 Bids
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STERLING SILVER LAPIS MODERNIST CUFF
Dec 04, 9:00 AM MST
STERLING SILVER LAPIS MODERNIST CUFF
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$406 Bids
1887 US SILVER DOLLAR & HALF COIN BRACELET MORGAN
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
1887 US SILVER DOLLAR & HALF COIN BRACELET MORGAN
by Imperial Auction
Est: $400- $600
$904 Bids
Sterling Zuni Coral Signed Cuff
Dec 01, 10:00 AM EST
Sterling Zuni Coral Signed Cuff
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$214 Bids
GORGEOUS SOUTHWESTERN STERLING CUFF WITH
Dec 01, 11:00 AM EST
GORGEOUS SOUTHWESTERN STERLING CUFF WITH
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $150- $250
$1104 Bids
GORGEOUS SOUTHWEST STERLING CUFF WITH BLACK
Dec 01, 11:00 AM EST
GORGEOUS SOUTHWEST STERLING CUFF WITH BLACK
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $200- $300
$554 Bids
MARIO BUCCELLATI, SILVER, YELLOW GOLD AND JADE CUFF BRACELET
Dec 13, 10:00 AM CST
MARIO BUCCELLATI, SILVER, YELLOW GOLD AND JADE CUFF BRACELET
by Hindman
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,2004 Bids
SILVER MERCURY DIME COIN CUFF BRACELET
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
SILVER MERCURY DIME COIN CUFF BRACELET
by Imperial Auction
Est: $300- $400
$603 Bids
STERLING SILVER & Carved Bone Cuff Bracelet
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
STERLING SILVER & Carved Bone Cuff Bracelet
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $300
$153 Bids
SOUTHWESTERN STERLING CUFF WITH TURQUOISE
Dec 01, 11:00 AM EST
SOUTHWESTERN STERLING CUFF WITH TURQUOISE
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $100- $150
$552 Bids
14K YELLOW GOLD GREEK KEY HINGED CUFF BRACELET
Nov 30, 9:00 AM EST
14K YELLOW GOLD GREEK KEY HINGED CUFF BRACELET
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $250- $300
$802 Bids
2-SOUTHWESTERN STERLING CUFFS: (1)HORSESHOE
Dec 01, 11:00 AM EST
2-SOUTHWESTERN STERLING CUFFS: (1)HORSESHOE
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $75- $125
$552 Bids
EDDY CHACO SOUTHWASTERN STERLING MASSIVE CUFF
Dec 01, 11:00 AM EST
EDDY CHACO SOUTHWASTERN STERLING MASSIVE CUFF
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $300- $500
$402 Bids
Two Tone Cable Bracelet with Crystals
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Two Tone Cable Bracelet with Crystals
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $80- $250
$62 Bids
Two Heavy Antique Slave Trade Bracelets
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Two Heavy Antique Slave Trade Bracelets
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$202 Bids
Sterling Silver Tigers Eye Cuff Bracelet
Dec 01, 10:00 AM EST
Sterling Silver Tigers Eye Cuff Bracelet
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$202 Bids
Art-Deco style 14k gold
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Art-Deco style 14k gold
by South Bay Auctions Inc
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$1,1002 Bids
18K & STERLING SILVER CUFF BRACELET LOT 329
Dec 04, 5:00 PM EST
18K & STERLING SILVER CUFF BRACELET LOT 329
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$222 Bids
RLM SILVER CUFF HINGED BRACELET
Nov 28, 4:00 PM EST
RLM SILVER CUFF HINGED BRACELET
by DejaVu Estate Sales & Auctions
Est: $20- $30
$202 Bids
CAROLYN POLLACK STERLING SILVER TURQUOISE BRACELET
Nov 26, 9:00 AM MST
CAROLYN POLLACK STERLING SILVER TURQUOISE BRACELET
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $75- $125
$152 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Cuff Bracelets


Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Vintage Auctions Online

Vintage Auctions Online

Easterly Auction Company

Easterly Auction Company

Berner's Auction Gallery

Berner's Auction Gallery