According to the National Cufflink Society (yes there is a cufflink society) currlinks actually predate the shirt, odd I know, but there is evidence of their use, which can be found in ancient hieroglyphics in King Tut's tomb.
The first shirts sleeves of the gentry had wristband finished with small openings on either side that tied together with "cuff strings." Although cuff strings would remain popular well into the nineteenth century, it was during the reign of Louis the 14th that shirt sleeves started to be fastened with boutons de manchette, or "sleeve buttons," typically identical pairs of coloured glass buttons, joined together by a short, linked chain. But cufflinks as we know them were first used during the 1700s.
Right History lesson over!
Today’s cufflinks come in all varieties and shapes, made form all sorts of materials and although thought of as gents attire, are popular with both men and women.
There are huge variety of cufflinks on sale, from the simple to the richly extravagant, so I decided to take a look at what Folksy had to offer on the more unusual side. I think there is something here for everyone, weird and whacky to refined and comical.
Homage to the Cufflink!
Ali Bali Jewellery Handmade by Birdcage Creative Steampunkstorm
Ruby Rattingtosh Creations I de Claire AngelSilver
If you too are a fan of cufflinks or just want to take a closer look at what is on offer, please roll up your sleeves and get busy taking a look in these wonderful Folkster’s shops, just click on the picture or the links below! Thank you!