Cuff link - this small but significant accessory has historically fulfilled its function, has become a decorative element over time and has become an integral part of the gentleman's image in the 19th century. It has a corporate meaning, it is a symbol and in some sense something very personal.
What Are The Cuff links?
Cuff links are rather items of jewelry that are used to fasten the cuffs of shirts (mainly for man's shirts). Cuff links were made from a variety of materials, including glass, stone, leather, metal, precious metals. Cuff links are usually fastened by using toggles or reverses based on the design of the front section. The front sections of the cuff links can be decorated with gems, inlays, enamel and sometimes designed in two or three-dimensional form.
Cuff links can be used only with shirts which have cuffs with buttonholes on both sides. Cuffs with double-length are called "French cuffs" as they have been probably invented in the 17th century France.
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My name is Edīte Parute and I am a fashion historian and researcher from Latvia, association member at "The Association of Dress Historians" (UK) and author of the book "Stila un modes enciklopēdija"/"Encyclopedia of Style and Fashion" (2010) as well as author of many publications.