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Large vintage silver cufflinks, Bartel & Sohn, Augsburg circa 1970

Cufflinks are one of the few pieces of jewelry for men and, along with wristwatches, it is impossible to imagine the world of men's fashion without them. Cufflinks are also often small works of art and offer the opportunity to discreetly express their own personality. So much more stylish is a dignified pair of cufflinks made of noble material than disdainful shirt buttons made of plastic! These expressive cufflinks from the years around 1970 inspire with their clear and at the same time extremely decorative design, reminiscent of works of the OP-Art movement. The buttons made of solid silver show on their rectangular fronts a striking pattern of intersecting ellipses, polished on a blackened background. In this way, the very well-preserved knobs create interesting refractions of light and look distinctively masculine and striking. A beautiful vintage jewelry, created in the Augsburg manufactory Bartel & Sohn, with which every shirt gets a special expression.

As early as the 16th century, the forerunners of our present-day 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 onward, 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 that time, cufflinks were common 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 greater attention to accessories, and thus, fortunately, more shirts with cuffs are being sewn again. In this day and age, cufflinks are one of the few pieces of jewelry that can adorn gentlemen.

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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.