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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, […]

Georg Jensen, Cufflink Artist

Georg Jensen

Few legends in silversmithing rival Georg Jensen. His cufflinks and wider works surpass pretty items on a suit, moving into the world of wearable art. Jensen’s early work, ambitions in sculpture, and ceramics helped carve a place for his company in jewelry and art history. Jensen held a democratic design philosophy in his work, believing […]

Shirt Studs: Bejeweling the Newly Uncovered

Art Deco Larter mother of pearl, platinum inlay rim 4 stud set with matching double sided chain link cuff links in original box circa 1920-30's

We all know that fashion trends change, mold, and morph due to cultural mores or whatever dictates the aesthetics of the day. The placement and number of studs have morphed as much as dress shirts and dresses have, further accommodating the drapery they adorn. These precious accessories are for more than special days such as […]

Krementz and Cufflinks: A Lifetime of Antiques

There are few institutions that define excellence throughout their history, surviving global crises, thriving, and changing the landscape in which they create their wares. Krementz is one of those legendary companies that maintained such a standard of ingenuity that they’ve flourished for more than a century. It was founded by German immigrant George Krementz, the […]

Where Cufflinks Sit: Art Deco on the Wrists

14K Gold Amethyst Cufflinks and Studs 1

The style that once meant opulence, luxury, and prestige in the early 20th century still draws the present to its rich designs and sharp beauty. Art Deco still resonates with many, even outside of those who endeavor to remain in an aesthetic time period (such as those interested in swing dancing or steampunk lifestyles). Art […]