The French Connection

Vintage gold cufflinks, Paris circa 1970

Paris - the city on the Seine stands today as in the past for luxury and style consciousness. The finer things in life are cultivated in the French metropolis and in fashionable things Paris has always set the tone. On the grand boulevards and in the salons, people from all over the world flocked to indulge in the game of see-and-be-seen. The right clothes and matching accessories were essential for both sexes. This elegant pair of cufflinks comes from the metropolis on the Seine. Crafted from high karat yellow gold, the buttons each shows a square button and a rectangular toggle that can be folded down. The fronts are decorated with elegant engravings in a classic check pattern. Well-preserved, the pair is a stylish ornament for the gentleman and is just waiting to shine once again on festive occasions.

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, since the time of Louis XIV sleeve ends 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. In the course of 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 greater attention to accessories, and thus, fortunately, more shirts with cuffs are being sewn again.

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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.