Purple rain

Magnificent vintage gold cufflinks, Germany around 1955

Wonderful, vibrant colored stones were one of the greatest delights of the 1950s. In ever new tasteful combinations we can find on jewelry of this time the most different gemstones combined, where mostly arrangements of gold and another color like blue, green or violet were preferred. Browse through our category "Vintage" and you will see how many beautiful pieces were designed in this way. The cufflinks here present themselves just so: Four wonderfully luminous amethysts are cut into cushion-shaped stones and combined with each other to form identical fronts. Narrow, classically restrained gold frames the stones, which together weigh about 23 carats, quite physically, but also visually against the fabric of the shirt. The bold colors of the stones thus win out even on light fabrics. The pair of cufflinks is a real focal point on the wrist. They are perfectly preserved and found their way to us here in Berlin.

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, since the time of Louis XIV sleeve endings were increasingly closed with boutons de manchette, i.e. cufflinks, at that time still typically pairs of colored glass buttons connected with 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. Nowadays, cufflinks are one of the few pieces of jewelry that can adorn men. You too can make a fashion statement on your sleeves - a dignified pair of cufflinks made of noble material is so much more stylish than plain plastic shirt buttons!

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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.