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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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18k Two Tone Gold 1.25 CTTW Diamond Cuff Bracelet
May 28, 1:00 PM EDT
18k Two Tone Gold 1.25 CTTW Diamond Cuff Bracelet
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$4007 Bids
Apache Spirit Of The Rock Jan Loco Sterling Cuff Bracelet
May 31, 1:00 PM EDT
Apache Spirit Of The Rock Jan Loco Sterling Cuff Bracelet
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$2305 Bids
(5 Pc) Sterling Silver Bracelet Grouping
May 23, 12:00 PM EDT
(5 Pc) Sterling Silver Bracelet Grouping
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $50- $500
$502 Bids
(5 Pc) Sterling Silver Bracelet Grouping
May 23, 12:00 PM EDT
(5 Pc) Sterling Silver Bracelet Grouping
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $50- $500
$502 Bids
Orville Tsinnie Sterling Cuff Bracelet
May 22, 9:00 AM PDT
Orville Tsinnie Sterling Cuff Bracelet
by Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
Est: $400- $600
$2002 Bids
CUFF BRACELET
Jan 17, 1:00 PM CST
CUFF BRACELET
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
WEH STERLING SILVER Floral Cuff Bracelet
Jun 05, 10:00 AM EDT
WEH STERLING SILVER Floral Cuff Bracelet
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $30- $60
$11 Bid
Yellow Enameled Dot Modernist Cuff Bracelet
Jun 05, 10:00 AM EDT
Yellow Enameled Dot Modernist Cuff Bracelet
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $30- $60
$11 Bid
Sterling Silver Hinged Cuff Bracelet, Mexico
Jun 05, 10:00 AM EDT
Sterling Silver Hinged Cuff Bracelet, Mexico
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $100
$11 Bid
Chimento 1.50ctw Diamond, 1.00ctw Ruby and 18K Cuff
May 25, 7:00 AM PDT
Chimento 1.50ctw Diamond, 1.00ctw Ruby and 18K Cuff
by GWS Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$2,0001 Bid
A Black Onyx and Diamond Cuff
May 21, 10:00 AM PDT
A Black Onyx and Diamond Cuff
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $800- $1,200
$5001 Bid
Anna Begay Sterling Cuff Bracelet
May 22, 9:00 AM PDT
Anna Begay Sterling Cuff Bracelet
by Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
Gold Tone sculptural Flower Cuff Bracelet
Jun 05, 10:00 AM EDT
Gold Tone sculptural Flower Cuff Bracelet
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $40- $80
$11 Bid
Two 14kt. Bracelets
May 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Two 14kt. Bracelets
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5001 Bid
Antique c. 1860 Victorian 10K & 14K Yellow Gold Etched Black Enamel Cuff Bracelet (24.41g)
May 27, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique c. 1860 Victorian 10K & 14K Yellow Gold Etched Black Enamel Cuff Bracelet (24.41g)
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$1001 Bid
Hallmarked Sterling Silver Gemstone Bracelet
Jun 05, 10:00 AM EDT
Hallmarked Sterling Silver Gemstone Bracelet
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $150
$11 Bid
Ben Nighthorse Large, Heavy Sterling Bracelet
May 22, 9:00 AM PDT
Ben Nighthorse Large, Heavy Sterling Bracelet
by Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet LOT 1376
May 26, 5:00 PM EDT
Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet LOT 1376
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Two Sterling/Carnelian Bracelets
May 31, 10:00 AM CDT
Two Sterling/Carnelian Bracelets
by Link Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet
May 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $10,000
$11 Bid
PC – Jewelry: (2) vintage Old Pawn heavy cuff silver bracelets; 7.89 oz
May 25, 10:00 AM EDT
PC – Jewelry: (2) vintage Old Pawn heavy cuff silver bracelets; 7.89 oz
by Roan Inc. Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
ABALONE METAL CUFF BRACELET
Oct 04, 1:00 PM CDT
ABALONE METAL CUFF BRACELET
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
COWHIDE REAL LEATHER FUR HIDDEN MONEY HOLDER CUFF BRACELET
Oct 04, 1:00 PM CDT
COWHIDE REAL LEATHER FUR HIDDEN MONEY HOLDER CUFF BRACELET
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
CUFF BRACELET ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 17, 1:00 PM CST
CUFF BRACELET ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids

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Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

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The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.

The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.

Easterly Auction Company

Easterly Auction Company