Paradise lost

Funny vintage cufflinks in gold, coral, malachite & onyx, Italy circa 1985

Oh how paradisiacal life could be, had it not been for the apple from the tree of knowledge...Whether this thought drove the Italian goldsmith who created this pair of cufflinks to do so, we can't say - it's possible! A red apple made of dark red coral lies on a deep black oval made of onyx. The stems of the fruits are cut from green-veined malachite, and gold chains lead to an onyx toggle that makes the pair easy to wear. Jewelry for men is limited to a few pieces these days. Besides the ring and watch, it is almost only the cufflink which allow for individual expression in the classic wardrobe. The pair of cufflinks presented here originates from this tradition. The design is convincing in its witty workmanship and a design reminiscent of pop art. The unusual pair is first-class preserved, colorful and present and certainly an eye-catcher on the shirt! For all gentlemen who love paradisiacal states or knowledge gain!

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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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.