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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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TIFFANY & CO. STERLING SILVER Cuff Links, Jewelry
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
TIFFANY & CO. STERLING SILVER Cuff Links, Jewelry
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $100
$308 Bids
9 Sterling Silver Cufflinks LOT 1205
Dec 04, 5:00 PM EST
9 Sterling Silver Cufflinks LOT 1205
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$205 Bids
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A pair of $2 1/2 dollar Liberty coin cufflinks
Dec 07, 10:00 AM PST
A pair of $2 1/2 dollar Liberty coin cufflinks
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $500- $700
$4505 Bids
10K GOLD SMALL CUFFLINKS LOT 329
Dec 04, 5:00 PM EST
10K GOLD SMALL CUFFLINKS LOT 329
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$555 Bids
Piaget Solid 18K Yellow Gold Ribbed Cufflinks
Dec 03, 10:00 AM PST
Piaget Solid 18K Yellow Gold Ribbed Cufflinks
by GWS Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$4254 Bids
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VINTAGE LINDSAY 14K YELLOW GOLD LAPIS CUFFLINKS
Dec 18, 9:00 AM MST
VINTAGE LINDSAY 14K YELLOW GOLD LAPIS CUFFLINKS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$404 Bids
D&F English Sterling & Enamel Cuff Links
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
D&F English Sterling & Enamel Cuff Links
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $150
$403 Bids
HANDMADE VINTAGE MEXICAN AZTEC DESIGN CUFFLINKS
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
HANDMADE VINTAGE MEXICAN AZTEC DESIGN CUFFLINKS
by Bering Auctions
Est: $155- $295
$203 Bids
STEUBEN GLASS & 14K GOLD CUFFLINKS.
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
STEUBEN GLASS & 14K GOLD CUFFLINKS.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1003 Bids
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TIFFANY & CO 14K YELLOW GOLD BAMBOO CUFFLINKS
Dec 18, 9:00 AM MST
TIFFANY & CO 14K YELLOW GOLD BAMBOO CUFFLINKS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$2603 Bids
2 Pairs of Sterling Silver Dog and Horse Race Cufflinks LOT
Dec 04, 5:00 PM EST
2 Pairs of Sterling Silver Dog and Horse Race Cufflinks LOT
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$123 Bids
QUARTZ CUFFLINKS LOT 1205
Dec 04, 5:00 PM EST
QUARTZ CUFFLINKS LOT 1205
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$123 Bids
A pair of Cavelti 14kt yellow gold cufflinks
Dec 07, 9:00 AM PST
A pair of Cavelti 14kt yellow gold cufflinks
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $600- $800
$1603 Bids
18kt. Gemstone Cufflinks
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
18kt. Gemstone Cufflinks
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $700- $900
$6503 Bids
Pair of Sterling Silver Knot Cufflinks LOT 1205
Dec 04, 5:00 PM EST
Pair of Sterling Silver Knot Cufflinks LOT 1205
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
Brooks Brothers Sterling Silver Cufflinks LOT 1205
Dec 04, 5:00 PM EST
Brooks Brothers Sterling Silver Cufflinks LOT 1205
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$122 Bids
Brooks Brother's Cufflink Set LOT 1205
Dec 04, 5:00 PM EST
Brooks Brother's Cufflink Set LOT 1205
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$122 Bids
14K White Gold DIAMOND & Topaz Cufflinks
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
14K White Gold DIAMOND & Topaz Cufflinks
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $250
$152 Bids
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LARTER & SONS 14K TWO TONE GOLD ABALONE DIAMOND SHIRT STUDS & CUFFLINKS
Dec 18, 9:00 AM MST
LARTER & SONS 14K TWO TONE GOLD ABALONE DIAMOND SHIRT STUDS & CUFFLINKS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
Four Pairs of Cufflinks
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Four Pairs of Cufflinks
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $100- $300
$2502 Bids
RUSSIAN IMPERIAL 88 GILT SILVER ENAMEL CUFFLINKS
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
RUSSIAN IMPERIAL 88 GILT SILVER ENAMEL CUFFLINKS
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$1252 Bids
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Two various gemstone items
Dec 07, 10:00 AM PST
Two various gemstone items
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $800- $1,200
$6002 Bids
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BVLGARI 18K YELLOW GOLD PARENTESI CUFFLINKS
Dec 18, 9:00 AM MST
BVLGARI 18K YELLOW GOLD PARENTESI CUFFLINKS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids

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