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Elegant shirt buttons made of pearls, platinum & gold, Vienna circa 1910

This set for the gentleman comes from the Viennese court jeweller Zirner, who at the beginning of the 20th century maintained two branches in a prime location in the heart of the Danube metropolis. The buttons are designed in a correspondingly classic style, reduced in their formal language and colourfulness, but elegant precisely for this reason: The cufflinks made of high-carat gold present themselves as round shields framed by a band of platinum. A small pearl studs the centre of each design. Sturdy bars connect two of the show sides so that, unlike many modern cufflinks, there is no front or back, but they look festive from every direction. The set also includes three buttons, which are intended for the shirt front of a tailcoat. They are also made of gold and, when worn, present nothing but an elegant, warmly shimmering pearl. Apparently, however, two of these buttons were once lost in the past. They were replaced by slightly larger buttons, but optically wonderfully matching the rest of the set. We discovered the set in Vienna.

As early as the 16th century, the forerunners of today's shirts were created, whose sleeves could be tied together with a silk ribbon. The emphasis of this fashion was still on the greatest possible magnificence. Much fabric, even lace was used to protrude from the sleeve at the wrist in great quantity. But as the generations passed, the shape became more and more like our modern shirt. Silk cuff bands remained popular until the 19th century. From the time of Louis XIV, however, the cuff was increasingly closed with so-called boutons de manchette, or cufflinks. Typically, these were pairs of colored glass buttons connected by a short chain. In the course of the 18th century, these glass buttons were then replaced by elaborately painted pieces or pairs set with precious stones. At this time, cufflinks were widespread as distinct luxury items mainly in aristocratic circles. In the first half of the 20th century, cufflinks then also reached the peak of their popularity in the middle classes. Today, cufflinks are one of the few pieces of jewellery that can adorn men. Why don't you make a fashion statement on your sleeves - a dignified pair of cufflinks made of noble material is so much more stylish than plain shirt buttons made of plastic!

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.