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Golden cuff links in knot form, Pforzheim circa 1890

Knot shapes are popular elements in jewellery design. Not only do they offer the most beautiful coils, especially on metal surfaces, which can reflect the striking light in wonderfully different ways, so that light and shadow model the shapes and give plasticity. Above all, pieces of jewellery with knots as motifs of loyalty and attachment have always been popular gifts. The cufflinks here, made of solid yellow gold, take up this motif and at the same time modify it with a wink. Created around 1890 in the Zerrenner workshop in Pforzheim, they each show a rope of rich gold that has been tied into a knot but not yet fully drawn. Apparently the bond of loyalty still leaves some play here? Small chains connect the uniformly designed buttons. The cufflinks are beautifully preserved and shine as they did in their time of origin in their warm yellow gold tone, which comes from a fire gilding from the solid surface of the 14-carat gold. An eye-catcher between hand and shirt made of the finest materials!

As early as the 16th century, the forerunners of today's shirts were created, whose sleeves could be tied together with a silk ribbon. Although silk cuff bands remained popular until the 19th century, from the time of Louis XIV sleeve endings were increasingly closed with boutons de manchette, or cufflinks, typically pairs of colored glass buttons connected by a short chain. During the 18th century, these glass buttons were 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 also peaked in popularity among the middle classes, and in the last 10 years, cufflinks have experienced a noticeable upswing, as many fashion designers are once again paying more attention to accessories, and thus, fortunately, more shirts with cuffs are being sewn again. Nowadays, 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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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.