Although traces of cufflinks can be found in ancient Egyptian paintings, modern cufflinks have been brought to light in the 17th century by the French aristocracy when Louis XIV was ruling. Versailles was a place full of exuberance and extravagance and quickly craftsmen of the court started to make cufflinks in gold and silver.
It is in the 19th century though that cufflinks started to commonly appear in European societies. In fact, legend holds that one of the most famous French novelist Alexandre Dumas had completely influence Paris tailors and jewelers. In his novel the Count of Monte Cristo, Dumas relate the story of Edmond Dantes’ vendetta against the people that put him in jail while he was innocent. One of the Dantes’ nemesis, Baron Danglars is described in the book as - "a man whose presence sparked great envy when onlookers gazed on the enormous diamond that glittered in his shirt, and the red ribbon that depended from his button-hole". Such a gorgeous and superb description for cufflinks! According to the legend, the double folded cuff (nowadays called the French cuff) was born after French tailors read that book. They immediately recognized the magnitude such fashion accessories could have on a men wardrobe and the elegance it could bring to gentlemen outfits.
Throughout the 20th century, cufflinks have been promoted and highlighted by many fashion brands and personalities which brought great variations in material. Whether they are made in stainless steel, bronze, gold, rhodium or sterling silver, cufflinks are still (and will remain) a great approach to truly enhance one's personal style.
Today cufflinks widely varies in style and modern gentlemen are looking for genuine yet singular pieces of jewelry. Custom and engraved cufflinks will certainly become the heart of the game for jewelers and accessories craftsmen. Have a look at our custom monogram cufflinks and you will understand why they do become popular.