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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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Vintage Estate 18K yellow gold Roman style coin cameo cuff links. 3/4"Diameter
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Vintage Estate 18K yellow gold Roman style coin cameo cuff links. 3/4"Diameter
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Tiffany & Co. Pair of Cufflinks - Marked 14k & Sterling
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Est: $0- $0
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Pair of Wedderien 14k Gold, Lapis and Ruby Cufflinks
Aug 06, 12:00 PM EDT
Pair of Wedderien 14k Gold, Lapis and Ruby Cufflinks
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3 pares de botões de punho em prata, 833‰, 925‰ e outro, séc. XX/XXI, e esmaltes azuis. P. 18,25 g.
Jul 22, 7:00 PM WEST
3 pares de botões de punho em prata, 833‰, 925‰ e outro, séc. XX/XXI, e esmaltes azuis. P. 18,25 g.
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Est: €20- €40
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Pair 14K Y/G diamond cufflinks
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Est: $400- $600
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TIFFANY & CO. 14K Yellow Gold Cufflinks
Jul 25, 11:00 AM EDT
TIFFANY & CO. 14K Yellow Gold Cufflinks
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Est: $1,100- $2,100
$4503 Bids
Four Pairs of Silver Cufflinks
Jul 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Four Pairs of Silver Cufflinks
by Weschler's
Est: $20- $40
$303 Bids
FABERGE GOLD DIAMOND ENAMEL CUFFLINKS
Jul 31, 9:00 AM CDT
FABERGE GOLD DIAMOND ENAMEL CUFFLINKS
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Est: $1,500- $2,500
$1,3003 Bids
(6 Pc) Gumps 18k Gold and Ruby Cufflink & Stud Set
Aug 06, 12:00 PM EDT
(6 Pc) Gumps 18k Gold and Ruby Cufflink & Stud Set
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Est: $200- $2,000
$2003 Bids
Pair of 14-Karat Yellow-Gold and Pearl Cufflinks 9.5 gross dwt
Jul 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Pair of 14-Karat Yellow-Gold and Pearl Cufflinks 9.5 gross dwt
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Est: $300- $500
$3752 Bids
FABERGE NEPHRITE, RHODONITE & DIAMOND CUFFLINKS
Jul 31, 9:00 AM CDT
FABERGE NEPHRITE, RHODONITE & DIAMOND CUFFLINKS
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Est: $2,500- $5,000
$2,2002 Bids
Three Pairs of 14-Karat Gold Chain Link Cufflinks and Three Cotter Pins 18.5 gross dwt
Jul 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Three Pairs of 14-Karat Gold Chain Link Cufflinks and Three Cotter Pins 18.5 gross dwt
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Est: $400- $600
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A Pair of Edwardian Sterling Silver Marcasite & Garnet Owl Cufflinks, With Box
Jul 30, 6:00 PM AEST
A Pair of Edwardian Sterling Silver Marcasite & Garnet Owl Cufflinks, With Box
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Est: AUD100- AUD200
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Cartier Sterling Silver Onyx Cufflinks
Jul 25, 10:00 AM EDT
Cartier Sterling Silver Onyx Cufflinks
by Farber Auctioneers
Est: $150- $200
$1102 Bids
Van Cleef & Arpels 18K Yellow Gold Onyx Cufflinks
Jul 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Van Cleef & Arpels 18K Yellow Gold Onyx Cufflinks
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Est: $1,500- $2,500
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Murano Glass Men's Deep Blue Cuff Links
Jul 25, 9:00 PM EDT
Murano Glass Men's Deep Blue Cuff Links
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Est: $210- $310
$1101 Bid
Rosso Murano Glass Men's Red Cufflinks
Jul 25, 9:00 PM EDT
Rosso Murano Glass Men's Red Cufflinks
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Est: $210- $310
$1101 Bid
Guglielmo Cinci Vintage Gicini Sterling Cufflinks
Aug 04, 12:00 PM EDT
Guglielmo Cinci Vintage Gicini Sterling Cufflinks
by Retro Roadshow
Est: $100- $200
$51 Bid
Cartier Sterling Silver Cufflinks
Jul 25, 10:00 AM EDT
Cartier Sterling Silver Cufflinks
by Farber Auctioneers
Est: $150- $200
$1001 Bid
CARTIER, ART DECO, PLATINUM, SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND CUFFLINKS
Jul 25, 10:00 AM CDT
CARTIER, ART DECO, PLATINUM, SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND CUFFLINKS
by Hindman
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5001 Bid

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Omni Auction Corp

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Henry's Auktionshaus