Cufflinks are one of the most versatile yet subtle forms of jewellery and many men are unaware of how they can truly transform a look. A white shirt, a somewhat utilitarian and simple piece of clothing can suddenly become unique and personal with embellished cuffs. Timepiece and wedding ring aside, the cufflink is the perfect opportunity for a man to demonstrate their personality especially within the often monotonous corporate world where perhaps a pop of colour from a tie, or pocket square can be your only defining feature. Not limited to the daily suit wearers, or even the male sex in general, with so many designs available in different styles, sizes, colours, textures - the cufflink offers endless opportunity, as a personal gift or to mark a special occasion, and like a well tailored suit, will stand out to those who pay attention.
This small accessory first made its debut in the 1600s but didn’t become popular until the second half of the 18th century. Originally, ribbons or ties were used to hold the cuffs together but by the middle of the 19th century, the modern version of the cufflink became popular amongst the upper classes. With the Industrial Revolution in full swing, the production of cufflinks increased, and more middle-class men were able to take advantage of the stylish metalworks. Ever since, cufflinks have become a symbol of wealth and power.
We’ve curated some of our best, most versatile cufflinks from our collection of fine jewellery.
The deep blue in these vintage Cartier Lapis Lazuli cufflinks works beautifully with a white or light blue shirt, introducing a delicate nautical touch. Pair with a blue blazer and chinos to complete a more casual look, or with a navy suit for back to back client meetings.
If you can’t get enough of the deep blue hues of Lapis Lazuli, Van Cleef & Arpel’s Vintage Lapis Lazuli & Diamond Vintage cufflinks may be the perfect match for you. These cufflinks are set in yellow gold, with royal blue beads and round brilliant diamonds. A more dressy alternative to the previous option, these vintage cufflinks are particularly hard to find as they are discontinued, and would be perfect for a black tie event or a special dinner.
Coordinated looks call for monochrome, and Bulgari’s 18k White Gold Onyx & Diamond Cufflinks are a great pick. Featuring a whale back fastening, it enables an easy-to-use closing mechanism. They offer a classic, refined look. We think these can be paired quite effortlessly in both formal and casual settings.
Kutchinsky’s Square Grooved Cufflinks are for those seeking something totally out of the box. These cufflinks are comprised of 18k yellow gold and the groove design brings an element of dimension to the square shapes making them feel quite chunky and masculine. The geometric shapes within the squares make these cufflinks almost look like Aztec artefacts.
Part of Chopard’s Happy Diamonds collection, these cufflinks, without a doubt, ooze pure class and handsome elegance. Chopard’s Happy Diamonds Cufflinks feature floating diamonds between a sapphire crystal, set in 18k yellow gold. This exact model has been discontinued by Chopard, so we recommend getting your hands on this one whilst you still can.
Subtlety can be your finest friend, and, in that case, we recommend opting for Fabergé’s Blue Enamel Diamond cufflinks. This classic piece can add a dash of colour to your sleeve. Fabergé is no stranger to opulence; set in 18k Yellow Gold, the kaleidoscope-like texture of the Blue Enamel adds dimension to the simplicity of the shape."
So whether you want to express your whimsical side with something quirky and unique, or are looking for a pair of classic, subtle daily cufflinks we have a great selection to suit everyone.