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Cufflinks have a unique history. They first appeared in Europe in the early 17th century, but were not widely used. The men of that time preferred to wear lace and ribbons to hold their shirt cuffs together.  Accounts from this period suggest that men of elegance were not to be seen wearing jewelry. The exceptions were their wedding rings, a watch, or a signet ring bearing their family coat-of-arms/crest. It wasn’t until the 19thcentury when men’s fashion began to change and that cufflinks were gladly pushed through the buttonholes of many a man’s cuffs.

Cufflinks are one of the very few pieces of masculine jewelry in existence and that can add a touch of personality or flair to an outfit.

Brooks Brothers

The Lighthouse Cufflinks in sterling silver with enamel are inspired by that traditional New England iconic structure.  They offer a subtle homage to a vacation, sailing, or any coastal point on a map.

J. Press

In silver and onyx, this pairing has so many meanings and references.  From pirates to poison, or from bad boy rocker to a Yale secret society, nothing is more recognizable than the Skull & Bones.

Ralph Lauren

We often think of black tie when the topic of cufflinks comes into conversation.  However, a tuxedo twist for a casual is a nice option.  Sterling silver tuxedo bear would be perfectly paired with denim and your favorite French cuffed tartan shirt.

Wurkin Stiffs

DON’T PANIC is so perfect for almost every occasion. Designed with original artwork from artist Peter Tunney, this hand-laid resin and stainless steel cufflink is literally wearable art. The message works for just about everyone.

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