Men’s jewelry is an ever-growing category, but there will always be more conservative men who aren’t comfortable with the idea of wearing lots of jewelry. For them, cufflinks remain a classic, sophisticated, and universally accepted way to showcase personal and elegant style. (Ties might be a close second, though socks are catching up!) Tiebars, rings, and pocketwatches also work, but it’s cufflinks that get the creative edge.
Cufflinks have been around since the 1900s, and picked up steam by the 1950s when men realized they could wear a tie bar and cufflinks (you might even find a vintage set of both at a pawn shop in South Florida). And even though buttons came along in the 1970s and eliminated the need for cufflinks, they persevered through that rough patch as French cuffs (those without buttons) remained the standard for formal wear. By the eighties, they were fully back in swing, and more styles and designs than ever became, and continue to be, available.
Though the visible, front part of the cufflink may seem like the design element, it’s how the link that fastens to the cuff that categorizes the design: knot, stud, ball, chain, whale, or bullet backs are all options. The front design is akin to a lady’s earring: anything goes. You’ll see precious metals and stones, enamel, sports logos, charms, and more. And if you like vintage, come in and browse National Pawn and Jewelry in Fort Lauderdale for well-made cuffs at great prices.