Over the last five months I have visited 500+ jewellery designers and retailers websites and have been intrigued by the different ways they classify cufflinks.
Are they to be found in their JEWELLERY sections or are they merely an ACCESSORY?
I guess, when you look at most cufflink sites out there, you could be mistaken for thinking that cufflinks are an accessory. An afterthought, usually badly made, with a lack of design and a novelty theme… However I believe (I’m slightly biased I know) that cufflinks should be a piece of jewellery.
A bit like earrings you need two cufflinks to make a set. This opens up a wealth of opportunity for design. Why have them both the same when you can make mirror images, have slightly different stones in each side, and let the wearer show the two sides to their personality?
Example of hand-made cufflinks where the designer has not only produced a pair, but also designed and hand-made the fittings. Click to buy these Paul Draper cufflinks.
Just like any jewellery, cufflinks should be designed, thought about and produced in an innovative way. Although traditionally thought of as GENTS JEWELLERY many women are wearing cufflinks these days and the market is huge (watch this space for a blog about women’s cufflinks soon). How many items of jewellery, aside from rings and diamond stud earrings, are worn by men AND women?
Example of gorgeously feminine cufflinks from Rachel Galley. Beautifully made in her signature style. Click to buy these cufflinks.
As a newly formed ambassador for cufflinks I believe one of my missions is to provide the consumer with a fabulous choice of unique, hand-made cufflinks from independent jewellery designers. Not accessories…wearable works of art! Visit my website THE CUFFLINK GALLERY to view the best range of designer cufflinks in the UK and to learn more about our designers and why they are leading the way in innovative design.