Fascination Texture

Stylish vintage gold & diamond cufflinks, circa1970

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 often small works of art and offer the opportunity to discreetly express their own personality. A dignified pair of gold cufflinks is so much more stylish than plain plastic shirt buttons! These cufflinks made of high quality gold show the optimistic design language of the years around 1970. Their fronts show a square shape with rounded edges in the center of which a small diamond glitters. The surfaces show velvety engravings alongside parallel shadow gaps, perfectly reflecting the taste of the time, as structure was a major theme of jewelry in the 1960s and early 1970s. No longer were purely shiny, polished gold surfaces in demand, but rather those that played with light and shadow through their surfaces, thus exhausting all facets of gold colors. Surfaces like grains of sand were sometimes seen, sometimes reminiscent of veining on leaves or other natural structures, sometimes completely abstract. These were designs the likes of which had never been seen before, in any era of jewelry history. "Textures fascinate craftsmen today more than ever before," wrote Graham Hughes in his book Modern Jewelry, London 1963. Our buttons belong in this environment and we discovered them here in Berlin. They are excellently preserved and a stylish vintage eye-catcher on the shirt!

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.

We want you to be 100% satisfied! For that reason, we examine, describe and photograph all of our jewellery with the utmost care.

You can rely on our years of experience in the trade and our expertise as a professional art historians for reviews of the antique jewellery. As a member of various trader organisations and the British Society of Jewellery Historians, we remain committed to the highest possible degree of accuracy. In our descriptions, we always also indicate any signs of age and defects and never hide them in our photos – this saves you from any unpleasant surprises when your package arrives.

Should you for some reason not be satisfied, please don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can begin to find a solution together. In any case, you can return any article within 30 days and we will refund the full purchase price.


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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.

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