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Different Styles of Cuff-Links

Although the purpose of all cufflinks is identical – the fastening of a shirt’s cuffs that is - there are still different styles to choose from. Most popular are cuff links that are placed through the button hole of a dress shirt’s cuff and are then secured by flipping over the fastening mechanism on the back-side. Also popular are so called studs which are actually less common for the shirt’s cuffs, but instead are worn in place of the front buttons. Studs are less common in business and mostly reserved for formal functions, black tie attire, and weddings. 
Then there are cufflinks not made from metal but from silk and cloth. These are also known as “silk knots”. The advantage of silk knots is that they are relatively inexpensive, are comfortable to wear, and are available in a wide range of colors. Finally there are the so-called double-button cufflinks. As the name suggests, two buttons on each side are secured with a short chain or link. They are basically a cross between studs and cufflinks. The down-side of double-buttoned links is that they often times don’t fit through the button holes of every dress shirt.

Different Materials for Cuff Links:

Although most cuff links are made from metals, the materials used are endless. Cufflinks have been, and still are, made from precious metals (such as sterling, gold, and platinum), from cloth (mostly silk), wood, bone & ivory, glass, and stone.

A Brief History of Cuff Links

The earliest records of the use of cufflinks date back to the Middle Ages in Europe. The British government’s journal of records, the London Gazette, first mentioned a pair of cuff buttons set with diamonds in 1684. Not until the 1800s however did the use of cufflinks become more popular. Initially cufflinks were made from most precious metals and stones and were a symbol for the absolute upper echelon of society. By the mid 18th century jewelers started to offer more affordable cufflinks and the soon after they were adopted into main-stream fashion. It is not surprising that French-cuffed, also known as double-cuffed, shirts became more popular during the same time period.

More Helpful Info and Tips for Wearing Cufflinks

Interested to learn more about cufflinks? Then check the links below for style tips, history, dress code and more all about mens cufflinks: