Tag Archives: antique

Cufflinks Can Be as Personal as Your Style

Vintage 14K White b& Yellow Gold Cigar Cufflinks with Box. Circa 1960's

We can all be mesmerized by the glitz, glam, and shiny diamonds, or pearls of cufflinks. They’re often encrusted with dazzling gems or built out of exquisite materials, ensnaring our eyes like a Muse from the heavens. While style itself carries with it elements of prestige or status symbols, you shouldn’t limit your personal style […]

Reverse Carved : Intaglio is Backwards

14K Reverse carved intaglio hand painted boxer cufflinks

Cufflinks provide a unique way to demonstrate sculpture and painting and not by covering metal or gems with oily dye. You wouldn’t think something like Reverse Carved jewelry could be an intricate or sensitive process, but with vintage items, it is quite the treasure to wear. Also known as Intaglio Jewelry, these “backward” carvings provide […]

Lawrence VRBA, King of Costume Jewelry

We are fortunate to be alive at the same time as great artists and interact with fresh designs still delivered by those such as Lawrence Vrba. Lawrence is an eclectic designer whose appreciation for costume jewelry, vintage styles, and understanding of color that is apparent in what he produces. Vrba is even more impressive because […]

Wedgwood: Modern Innovation with Ancient Art

14K Gold Wedgwood Cufflinks

Wedgwood is a legendary brand. The name carries a 250-year history that travels the centuries. Founded by an innovator who helped instigate the Industrial Revolution, a company that reintroduced ancient styles in modern aesthetics and fashion. Wedgwood is opulence for any century and in any style. From being art on end tables to art on […]

Abalone, Keeper of Iridescence

14K Platinum with Abalone and Pearl Centers Complete Tuxedo Stud Set1

The essence and reflection of the oceans are housed in the modest elegance of abalone. This gem of the ocean can contain the colorful swirls of Caribean waters or the murky depths of mysterious still sea. Abalone is also known as Ear Shells, Sea Ears, or Ormer and although it’s a common name for marine […]

Mother of Pearl, an Ancient Gem

14K Gold Platinum Diamond and Onyx Cufflinks with Shirt Studs2

There are elements or materials you find often in jewelry such as enamel, gold, silver, and platinum. One material has been popular for thousands of years and it can be found on many beautiful adornments, Mother of Pearl. This organic-inorganic material is also known as Nacre, a composite material created by some mollusks as their […]

Unger Brothers Company: an Art Nouveau Cornerstone

Unger Brothers Art Nouveau Naked Mermaid Sterling Silver Bean Back Cufflinks with Box Circa 1900's

The Unger Brothers Company is an example of moving well-crafted everyday items into high-end art. Their exquisite Art Nouveau pieces became legendary and can be seen in many museums, even in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. When it came to anything from toiletries to cufflinks, the Unger Brothers helped define the standard in Art Nouveau […]

Art Nouveau: Redefining Cufflinks to Couture

14K Gold and Diamond Art Nouveau Double Sided Rooster Cufflinks with Box Circa 1910's

Art Nouveau was truly the “new art”  and more significant than a reaction to Academism or fad that bubbled through Victorian restraints. Although, with the death of Queen Victoria it erupted into an era of nature-inspired originality. The form of flowers and symmetry of undulating lines were released from dictated shackles that kept the art […]

Larter and Sons: Cufflinks Legacy

14K White Gold and Diamond Cufflinks by Larter

Larter and Sons is another remarkable company that helped form Newark, New Jersey as a cufflink capital. As with other famed companies, Larter and Sons patented innovations that pushed men’s cufflinks forward. One of their innovations, the spring-back stud, is their maker’s mark. Their first patent was issued in the late Victorian era, a spring […]

Swank: Incarnate of Cufflinks and Duke of Design

There are so few companies that have the longevity or influence Swank does. An empire that exists independent of and yet behind recognizable brands, such as Guess. Though Swank went by many names before the title we’re familiar with today, the standard of its cufflinks has never faltered. Swank began as the Attleboro Manufacturing Company, […]