Post-War Modernism

Modernist mat enamel cufflinks by Perli, circa 1965

This pair of cufflinks is designed in a typical design of international post-war modernism. The square fronts display a noble design of curved basic shapes in a color spectrum between orange and brown. Worked in matted enamel, the backs of the knobs are also finished in deep black contreemaille. Fold-down mating buttons make the silver-plated pair easy to handle. In terms of design language and method of manufacture, the pair is typical of West German production. In the 1960s, companies specializing in enamel work, such as Karl Schibensky, Scholz & Lammel, and in the case of these buttons, the Perli workshop in Schwäbisch Gmünd, produced exciting pieces of jewelry. Designed after the Second World War, this enamel jewellery not only revives old techniques, but also the design of the avant-garde art of its time.

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.