A History of Silver Cufflinks
Gold and silver cufflinks were first regularly used in the UK way back in the 16th century when social classes became more defined and the upper classes flaunted their wealth and hierarchical superiority through the use of jewellery. Tailored clothing was one way in which the higher classes distinguished themselves, with better quality materials and accessories made from precious metals and gemstones. Collars and cuffs presented an opportunity to wear even more jewellery, and the cufflink became the accessory of choice.
However, when fashion styles became even more formal in the 19th century and top hats and tailcoats were the norm for the upper-classes, cufflinks really came into their own. Trends initially dictated that cuffs and collars at the time were fastened by ribbons or buttons, but with the shirts being starched, they simply weren’t strong enough to hold them in place. As a result, the cufflink made a resurgence into fashion where it has been present, to varying degrees, ever since. Continue reading