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Men's Cufflinks

The cufflink is an elegant addition to men’s dress that gives a bit of flare to the wearer’s wrists. Now reserved for the more formal occasions, the cuff link began as a practical invention: a means to keep a person's shirt cuffs closed.

The arrival of the cufflink coincided with a revolution in men’s fashion regarding the exposure of a person's shirt sleeves. Mankind has been wearing shirts for millennia, yet up until the 16th century the shirt was considered among upper classes an undergarment to be worn beneath a suit jacket or waistcoat. As this tradition diminished over the course of the 17th century, the cuff, and coincidingly the cufflink, emerged, achieving unprecedented popularity by the century following.

From that point, the status of the cufflink skyrocketed, with every dapper gentlemen incorporating them into his outfit. Over the years, cufflinks became increasingly elaborate, with the world’s greatest jewelry designers conjuring pairs bedecked with gems, pearls, and precious metals.


Quick Facts

  • As a testament to the slow evolution of men’s dress, one can look to 17th-century fashion figure Louis XIV. Known for his elegant dress and flair for jewels, including a set of 104 diamond buttons for his coat, he still used ribbons to secure his sleeves’ cuffs
  • Cufflinks aren't only for men. Prominent women, like the “Gibson Girls” of the late 19th century to 20th-century actress Marlene Dietrich, have enjoyed wearing cufflinks as well
  • The early 20th century saw the slow decline of the cufflink, in part thanks to Prince Edward, the Duke of Windsor. Once a fanatic for cufflinks, the Duke soon abandoned this passion in favor of the emerging trend of the more casual sport shirt

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18K Yellow Gold Horse Themed Cuff Links
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Est: $0- $0
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A PAIR OF 9CT GOLD CUFF LINKS AND BROOCH
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ANTIQUE RUSSIAN 14K GOLD AND DIAMONDS CUFFLINKS
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE RUSSIAN 14K GOLD AND DIAMONDS CUFFLINKS
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Est: $100- $150
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PR 18KT YELLOW GOLD "SQUARE" CUFF LINKS 11.2 DWT
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PR OF 14KT GOLD "BACCHUS" CUFF LINKS WITH DIAMONDS 13.1 DWT
Mar 03, 10:30 AM EST
PR OF 14KT GOLD "BACCHUS" CUFF LINKS WITH DIAMONDS 13.1 DWT
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Bent Gabrielsen
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Bent Gabrielsen
by Svendborg Auktionerne ApS
Est: 2,500 kr- 5,000 kr
2,600 kr2 Bids
14K Gold U.S.A. Department of State Cufflinks
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14K Gold U.S.A. Department of State Cufflinks
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Two Pairs Gucci Sterling and Enamel Cufflinks
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Est: $10- $1,000
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JEWELRY. 6 Pc. 14kt Gold Nautical Men's Jewelry
Mar 10, 10:00 AM EST
JEWELRY. 6 Pc. 14kt Gold Nautical Men's Jewelry
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Paar Manschettenknöpfe in Form von Fischen
Mar 02, 10:00 AM CET
Paar Manschettenknöpfe in Form von Fischen
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TIFFANY & CO., A PAIR OF GOLD COLOURED BUTTON CUFFLINKS
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TIFFANY & CO., A PAIR OF GOLD COLOURED BUTTON CUFFLINKS
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Est: £300- £500
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4pc Jerusalem Silver Jewelry, Earrings + Cufflinks
Mar 03, 2:00 PM EST
4pc Jerusalem Silver Jewelry, Earrings + Cufflinks
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Golden Midnight Fusion Murano Glass Cuff Links
Mar 07, 9:00 PM EST
Golden Midnight Fusion Murano Glass Cuff Links
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Sky Elegance Round Light Blue Murano Glass Cuff Links
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Pair of Black Onyx Cuff Links
Mar 05, 9:00 PM EST
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Pair of Mother of Pearl Gold Tone Cuff Links
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Pair of Mother of Pearl Gold Tone Cuff Links
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Pair of Mother of Pearl Gold Tone Cuff Links
Mar 06, 9:00 PM EST
Pair of Mother of Pearl Gold Tone Cuff Links
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $60- $80
$390 Bids
14K GOLD & HARDSTONE CAMEO CUFFLINKS
Mar 10, 10:00 AM PST
14K GOLD & HARDSTONE CAMEO CUFFLINKS
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Sellers Who Sell Men's Cufflinks


Omni Auction Corp

Omni Auction Corp

Chiswick Auctions

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Carroll's Auctioneers & Appraisers

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Figlio Designs LLC

Figlio Designs LLC