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How to Care For and Clean Your Cufflinks


Cufflinks are a fun and beautiful piece of jewelry, but it’s important to care for them properly so they last your entire lifetime, and beyond!  Our guide below gives you some tips for to care for and clean your cufflinks.


Professional Services

The easiest way to clean your cufflinks is to take them to a qualified jeweler in your area.  Ideally, you want someone with some experience with cufflinks, but most jewelers have the equipment and know-how to get the job done.  Additionally, if you happen to scratch or scuff your cufflinks, a jeweler will be able to polish them back to perfection.


Another option is to contact the retailer where you purchased your cufflinks (we hope you bought them from us, and we’d love to help you if you have questions – please give us a call!).  They can point you in the direction of a reputable cufflinks cleaner or give you tips for doing it yourself.


At Home

Amber Enameled Clover Cufflinks - clean and care for your cufflinks
Amber Enameled Clover Cufflinks


If paying for a professional isn’t your preferred method, you can easily do most cleanings at home. However, the best way to care for your cufflinks is to wear them mindfully.


Cufflinks should be worn frequently to keep them in top condition.  While this may seem counter-intuitive, wearing your cufflinks helps keep them from tarnishing and gathering dust.  And, by keeping them where you see them frequently, it’s also easier to remember to care for them.



Deakin & Francis, a premiere cufflinks designer, suggests some tips for keeping your cufflinks in top condition:

  • Keep your cufflinks in a clean environment, separate from other jewelry. A cufflink box is ideal for keeping the cufflinks separate and clean.
  • Don’t take your cufflinks for a swim, chlorine can damage sterling silver and gold.
  • Keep a silver or gold polishing cloth in your desk drawer to wipe away office dust that may mark your cufflinks.
  • Don’t run over your cufflinks in the Ferrari, or drop them in a glass of G&T!


Sounds like some good advice!


Padded Leather Cufflinks Case
Padded Leather Cufflinks Case
Fiddleback Maple Wood Case - care for your cufflinks
Fiddleback Maple Wood Case
15 Pair Black Lacquer Box
15 Pair Black Lacquer Box









Precious Metals & Gemstones

Polishing cloth

If you have cufflinks made of gold or silver, you can use a professional gold or silver cleaning solution or warm, soapy water and a soft cloth to gently clean them.  You can use an old soft-bristled toothbrush or professional cleaning brush to get into nooks and crannies, if necessary.  Made Man has step-by-step direction for cleaning vintage gold cufflinks that can give you more details on cleaning your jewelry with soapy water.


Clean sterling silver with a soft polishing cloth.


If you also have precious stones or pearls, you can use the same method, but be careful not to let them sit too long in the water.


Enameled & Stainless Steel

If your cufflinks are enameled or stainless steel, avoid using cleaning solutions, because it could ruin the solvents used to create them.  Instead, use a soft polishing cloth to gently rub them clean.  These items don’t generally require frequent cleaning, though.


Protect Your Cufflinks

Taking care of your cufflinks, long term, is easiest if you keep them in a jewelry box.  This helps prevent oxidation and tarnishing, which occurs as a reaction to oxygen.  This also helps to keep them away from heat and sunlight, which can also cause damage.  Ideally, you want to keep each pair in segmented compartments so they don’t scratch other jewelry items.  We have a large selection of cufflink boxes here and a selection of jewelry boxes here.


Men's Cufflink and Watch Case
Men’s Cufflink and Watch Case
16 Pair Black Leather Cufflinks Collector's Case
16 Pair Black Leather Cufflinks Collector’s Case
Teak Veneer Cufflink & Jewelry Box
Teak Veneer Cufflink & Jewelry Box









The Long Haul

If you take care of your cufflinks properly, and if you wear them frequently, they will be a wonderful heirloom to pass on to your future generation.  If you have questions about how to care for your cufflinks, please give us a call, and we’d be happy to assist you.


Designer Spotlight: Deakin & Francis

A simple glance at our collection of Deakin & Francis cufflinks, and it’s clear that this is one company that is dedicated to details.  Each cufflink is meticulously crafted and intricately designed.  So, who is behind this company?  And what makes their cufflinks so special?  Glad you asked! Read on!


A Long History of Excellence

Founded in 1786, Deakin & Francis, has long been established as jewellers and silversmiths.  Although it has gone through a few iterations of its name, it started as a family affair, and has continued as a family affair for the past 230 (+) years.  


Today the company is run by the 7th generation of Deakins: Henry and James.  During school holidays, James and Henry would join their father at work, watching and learning from the craftsmen and attending trade shows in London and Switzerland.  


After their initial schooling, James studied at the Gemmological Institute of America and is a Graduate Jeweller Gemmologist and Designer, while Henry studied Gemmology at the International Gemmological Institute in Vicenza and is a Graduate Gemmologist.

Sterling Jaw Skull Cuff Links Deakin & Francis
Sterling Jaw Skull Cuff Links
Moving Rhino Cufflinks
Moving Rhino Cufflinks
Aircraft Grade Aluminum Sopwith Propeller Cufflinks Deakin & Francis
Aircraft Grade Aluminum Sopwith Propeller Cufflinks









James is passionate about designing new cufflinks, while Henry is focused on extraordinary customer service and building the brand.  


Today Deakin & Francis is a great example of craftsmen at their best ranging from metalworkers who stamp blanks ready for the workshop and enamellers who are involved in the delicate work of appyling vitreous enamelling, to polishers who prepare the product ready to sell.


A Long History of Quality Craftmanship

As a well-respected British brand, Deakin & Francis manufacture some of the world’s finest cufflinks, producing fine quality, hand-made jewellery in precious metal, vitreous enamel and gemstones. They are famous for innovative designs and precision engineering.


“As masters in the art of design, the company employs tools, traditions and techniques, passed from one generation to the next. Employing jewellers and specialist craftspeople for different stages of the jewellery design and manufacture, you can be assured that Deakin & Francis is original design carefully executed and beautifully delivered.”

Henry Deakin


With an enviable international reputation for the breadth and diversity of their range, Deakin & Francis cufflinks are worn by enthusiasts, celebrities and even members of the royal family!  

Sterling Tortoise Cufflinks Deakins & Francis
Sterling Tortoise Cufflinks
Deakin and Francis Horse Saddle Cufflinks
Deakin and Francis Horse Saddle Cufflinks
Sterling & Sapphire Owl Cufflinks
Sterling & Sapphire Owl Cufflinks








Something for Everyone

Regardless of what you are looking for, perhaps a gift for someone else or a reward for your own hard work, Deakin & Francis is a guarantee of great quality and attention to detail.  There are classic and quirky Sterling Silver pieces, along with a wide range of interesting and unusual designs, sure to fit any need.  A pair of cufflinks from Deakin & Francis says something you care about elegance. It says you pay attention to the details. It says you go the extra mile.  With so many designs to choose from, you are sure to find something for everyone on your wish list!  And, if you can’t decide, we’re here to help you.  Give us a call and one of our trained service representatives will be happy to work with you to find the perfect pair of cufflinks.


March Madness Has Arrived! Are You Ready?

March is here, and there’s so much happening!  The luck of the Irish descends upon us, and balls are flying as basketball’s March Madness begins.  


Played mostly during March, this season is known informally as March Madness or the Big Dance, and has become one of the most famous annual sporting events in the United States.  It includes the top teams from 32 divisions, plus 36 other teams who are awarded spots in the brackets.  Teams, seeded by rank, proceed through a single game elimination bracket beginning with 64 teams, to a “Sweet Sixteen”, and eventually, a Final Four. The Final Four is usually played during the first weekend of April, when these four teams, one from each region (East, South, Midwest, and West), compete for the national championship. (wikipedia)


As awesome as watching the best college basketball teams in the country is, it could always be better.  How?  Cufflinks, my friends. Cufflinks.


Show Your Spirit

One thing we’re great at is team spirit.  Whether you’re a soccer/football fan, an American Football fan, a basketball fan, or even a lawn dart fan, it’s likely you’ve got some kind of team paraphernalia somewhere around your home.  Cufflinks are a great way to add to your collection and show off your team spirit when you’re out and about.  We have a large selection for you to choose from, include the ones below.

Auburn University Tigers Cufflinks (perfect for March Madness)
Auburn University Tigers Cufflinks
UCF Knights Cufflinks
UCF Knights Cufflinks
Vintage University of Florida Cufflinks (go Gators! March Madness)
Vintage University of Florida Cufflinks
Notre Dame Fighting Leprechaun Cufflinks (because March!)
Notre Dame Fighting Leprechaun Cufflinks









Number One Fan

You may brag that you’re the team’s number one fan, but are you really?  Sure, you’ve got the jersey, the signed basketball, the giant team finger… but what about in the office?  Are you the number one fan in your office?  Cheer on your team from the boardroom or the call center with one of our awesome team cufflinks.  Nobody said the office couldn’t be your stadium.

Sterling Basketball Cufflinks for March Madness
Sterling Basketball Cufflinks
Basketball Hoop Cufflinks
Basketball Hoop Cufflinks
Designer Sterling Basketball Cufflinks
Designer Sterling Basketball Cufflinks










Best. Gift. Ever.

If you’re not so into sports (in fact, maybe you don’t even know what this whole March Madness thing is all about), but you know someone who is, cufflinks make amazing gifts!  The diehard fan will be thrilled to receive one of the special cufflinks below.  Some even include pieces of the court in the design!  You can show the lucky recipient you care, even if you’re secretly confused.  You can see more options here.

Harvard University Cufflinks
Harvard University Cufflinks
University of Kentucky Floor Cufflinks for March Madness
University of Kentucky Floor Cufflinks
Clemson University Needlepoint Cufflinks
Clemson University Needlepoint Cufflinks










Down to the Wire

As the brackets dwindle, the intensity grows.  Don’t let your friends outshine you or out-cheer you.  You are the ultimate team fanatic.  And we can help you find the perfect pair of cufflinks to shout it to the world (or whisper it, if that’s more your thing).  If you can’t find what you’re looking for, give us a call, and we’d be happy to work with you.  Also, remember that all orders over $29 receive free shipping and a free gift (and many of our special NCAA cufflinks include a special box)!  It’s time for a full court press!  Go team!

St. Patrick’s Day Style Guide

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up quickly, and with it comes images of shamrocks, pots of gold, and leprechauns.  St. Patrick’s Day began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland and has become an international celebration of Irish culture with festivals, parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.  And with all that excitement, pinching, and partying, the well-dressed man still wants to stay stylish.


The Serious Man

Not every man gets into the fun and silliness sometimes associated with St. Patrick’s Day.  And, if you work in an office environment, it’s not always appropriate to be overt in your love of the Irish.  A green suit isn’t exactly the pinnacle of fashion-forwardness.  So, how can you subtly show your love of all things Irish (and keep from getting pinched)?  Wear one of these classy pairs of cufflinks that highlights the green without being too flashy.

St. Patrick's Day Cufflinks: Green Square Swirl Cuff Links
Green Square Swirl Cuff Links
St. Patrick's Day: Light Green Bar Cuff Links
Light Green Bar Cuff Links
Sterling Half Moon Malachite Cufflinks
Sterling Half Moon Malachite Cufflinks
Green Lunel Acrylic Cufflinks
Green Lunel Acrylic Cufflinks









The Funny Guy

You love St. Patrick’s Day because you can pull out all the stops, wear all the green, and pinch all your friends who forgot.  Being subtle isn’t your thing, so you’re going to flaunt it!  Try one of the fun cufflinks below or check our entire collection here.

Green and Red Chili Pepper Cufflinks
Green and Red Chili Pepper Cufflinks
St. Patrick's Day: Scottish Bagpipe Cufflinks
Scottish Bagpipe Cufflinks
Beer Mug Cufflinks
Beer Mug Cufflinks
Martini with Green Olive Cufflinks
Martini with Green Olive Cufflinks









And Somewhere In Between

Maybe you’re not the serious man, but neither are you the joker.  Perhaps you are the man in between.  You like to keep things fun without going over the top.  You want something classy and stylish, but not too stiff.  Thankfully, there are lots of options for you!  Check out our full collection or get some ideas from the cufflinks below:

4 Leaf Clover Cufflinks (Emerald Green)
4 Leaf Clover Cufflinks (Emerald Green)
Celtic Square Cufflinks
Celtic Square Cufflinks
Ireland's Harp Coin Cufflinks
Ireland’s Harp Coin Cufflinks
Needlepoint Shamrock Cufflinks
Needlepoint Shamrock Cufflinks








The Luck of the Irish

We can’t all be Irish, but on St. Patrick’s Day we can celebrate like them.  Whether fun, fashionable, or fabulous, you can find something green here without spending too much green.  If you need help, we’d love to talk with you. Give us a call at 1-866-4MY-CUFF.

Designer Spotlight: David Donahue

To men of sophistication and refinement, David Donahue is the trusted name to turn to for authentic style and distinction.  Whether you are searching for the perfect accent piece, a cherished gift, or the ultimate in self-expression, David Donahue always delivers products with a high quality and lasting value.

Sterling Silver Money Clip by David Donahue
Sterling Silver Money Clip by David Donahue
18KT Vermeil Diagonal Striped Cufflinks by David Donahue
18KT Vermeil Diagonal Striped Cufflinks
Sterling Tie Slide by David Donahue
Sterling Tie Slide by David Donahue









Where  It All Began

David Donahue began in 1972 with the partnership of two men who decided to combine their names into their brand.  Their goal was to offer the very best line of men’s accessories. To date, they have been extraordinarily successful in achieving their goal.

Octagonal Onyx and Sterling Silver Stud Set by David Donahue
Octagonal Onyx and Sterling Silver Stud Set
Blue Basket Weave Cufflinks by David Donahue
Blue Basket Weave Cufflinks
Griffin Shield Cufflinks
Griffin Shield Cufflinks









With an initial focus exclusively on men’s accessories, in the 70s and 80s the business grew and became known as one of the industry’s best accessories companies. With the advent of a new CEO in the late 1990s, David Donahue was soon became a successful brand of accessories in all of the finest retail stores. In face, in some locations, they were the exclusive retailer source for men’s formal accessories, offering cufflinks, stud sets, money clips, and key rings.


The Company Expands

In 2003, the new CEO began expanding the company’s offering to include formal furnishings: bow ties, cummerbunds, formal ties, and vests.  This resulted in an overwhelmingly positive response from retailers, leading to high demand and the development of a collection of fine silk formal accessories.  And when they launched their formal wear collection using fine Italian and English silks, it was an instant hit.




Always eager to keep retailers and their customers satisfied, David Donahue expands again to include neckwear, a formal shirt collection, and dress shirts. All were a huge success.

Sterling Silver Paperclip Money Clip by David Donahue
Sterling Silver Paperclip Money Clip
Pink Paisley Cufflinks by David Donahue
Pink Paisley Cufflinks by David Donahue
Sterling Silver Etched Stripe Tie Slide
Sterling Silver Etched Stripe Tie Slide








Looking Forward

Today the company remains dedicated to getting it done no matter what.  The company philosophy is still to take a personal approach.   From .925 sterling silver cufflinks to 100% silk ties hand made in New York of the finest silks woven in Italy and England, the company is known for excellence at a great value. They call it “Accessible Luxury,” and they are among the best at delivering it.  

Sterling Silver Etched Engravable Money Clip
Sterling Silver Etched Engravable Money Clip
Smoked Pearl Stud Set by David Donahue
Smoked Pearl Stud Set
Engraved Sterling Tie Slide by David Donahue
Engraved Sterling Tie Slide by David Donahue









As the company continues to grow, David Donahue is continually looking for ways to better serve their customers.  They have not lost sight of the importance of maintaining product excellence.  Here at Cufflinks Depot, we are incredibly proud to offer a collection of David Donahue products to our discerning customers.  Whether you choose a pair of exquisite cufflinks, a handsome tie slide, or a distinctive money clip, we know that by choosing this designer line, you will be wearing the highest in quality and distinction. If you would like to talk to a customer service rep to help you choose the best product for your needs, we would be delighted to help.  Just call us at 1-866-4MY-CUFF.

Be the Star of Your Own Academy Awards

And the Oscar for Best Dressed Goes To You! 

The Academy Awards are coming up soon, and with it come office pools for who will win which award and ceremony watching parties.    Naturally, when watching stars and celebrities walk the red carpet dressed to the nines, it’s only fitting that you, too, should want to strut your stuff and show off a little of your own fashion fabulousness.


The Award for Most Unique Goes To….

You’ve got it all, and you’ve got a personality to match.  If you’ve got a personality that sets you apart from your peers, flaunt it with a pair of unique cufflinks that make you stand out in a crowd.  We offer all kinds of interesting choices. Whether you love movie memorabilia, are a sport fanatic, or are a serious foodie, there’s something here to make you the talk of the town.

Win the award with Silver Watch Movement Cufflinks
Silver Watch Movement Cufflinks
Win the award with Water Resistant Compass Cufflinks
Water Resistant Compass Cufflinks
Chocolate Cake Cufflinks
Chocolate Cake Cufflinks









The Award for Most Elegant Goes To…

When you walk into a room, heads turn and people notice.  You tend to be a trendsetter and a stylist’s dream.  Whether you’re wearing the latest designer suit or a bespoke shirt and jeans, you ooze elegance and refinement.  Don’t worry, we have you covered.  There are plenty of cufflink in our collections that can be engraved, or you can choose from one of our collections of precious stone cufflinks.

The award goes to Skultuna Gold Square Cufflinks
Skultuna Gold Square Cufflinks
Win the award with Deep Blue Murano Glass Cufflinks
Deep Blue Murano Glass Cufflinks
Win awards with Gun Metal Tateossian Butterfly Cufflinks
Gun Metal Tateossian Butterfly Cufflinks










The Award for Funniest Goes To…

You make people laugh… in a good way.  Your teachers and friends labeled you the class clown, and everyone wants you to come to their party because you always know how to make a good time even better.  Your cufflinks should reflect your fun and (sometimes even a little) irreverent personality.  Try the cufflinks below or one of the pairs in this collection.

Win the funny award with Rubber Chicken Cufflinks
Rubber Chicken Cufflinks
Mr. Perfect Cufflinks win every award
Mr. Perfect Cufflinks
Funny Lawyer Slogan Cufflinks
Funny Lawyer Slogan Cufflinks









The Award for Most Serious Goes To…

When it comes to life, you are a no-nonsense kind of guy.  If it needs to get done, you’re the one to go to.  You’re the one who organizes the office pool and keeps everyone honest, but you know how to enjoy yourself at the party.  Check out our career-related collections or let us help your style shine with some of these seriously solid cufflinks:

Win awards with Silver Tone Etched Caduseus Cufflinks
Silver Tone Etched Caduseus Cufflinks
The award goes to Chiropractor Cufflinks
Chiropractor Cufflinks
Win the family award with Custom Photo Cufflinks
Custom Photo Cufflinks









Make It an Award Winning Night

No matter who you want to win the Oscar, and no matter where you’re watching, you can let your personal style be the star of the night.  As always, we’re here to help!  Get a free gift and free domestic shipping with orders over $29.  Feel free to contact us at 1-866-4MY-CUFF if you need additional help with selecting the perfect pair for your night in the spotlight.

Collar Stays: What Are They & How Do You Wear Them?

What are Collar Stays?

Silver Metal Collar Stays
Silver Metal Collar Stays

Collar stays (also known as “collar tabs” or “collar stiffeners), are flat, rigid pieces of plastic or metal which are inserted in special pockets on the underside of dress shirt collars. These pieces keep the collar laying flat by adding weight and crispness to the light and flexible piece of collar fabric. Unfortunately, most shirts you buy will come with a set of cheap plastic collar stays, which are not very effective.  If you’ve ever worn a shirt and been frustrated that the corners curl or won’t lay flat, you’ve been the victim of cheap collar stays.


Thankfully, you have better options.  Metal collar stays are far more effective at keeping your collar looking crisp and professional.  The additional heft to the metal keeps your collar flat and rigid.  If your shirt has removable collar stay pockets (as opposed to having glued-in collar stays), you can exchange the flimsy originals for more substantial ones.


What Are Your Options?

Black Collar Stay Pack
Black Collar Stay Pack

Collar Stays come in many different materials. The most popular materials are stainless steel, sterling silver, 14K gold, and brass. Prices range from incredibly cheap to over $600!  If you’re really looking for something unusual, you can even find collar stays in ivory, horn, precious wood, or with diamond inlays!  Just be careful with some of the more ornate options since they absolutely must be removed prior to laundering.


If you really want to personalize your collar stays, some materials allow you to have them engraved.  This makes a nice gift for a stylish man in your life.  You can check out our entire collection here.


How Do You Wear Them?

It’s important when choosing collar stays to get the correct size. Some sets only come with 2 sizes, but it’s usually better to look for sets with 3 or more options so that you can choose different sizes depending on the shirt you are wearing.


The video below gives a good description of how to find the perfect size collar stay for your shirt – one that will keep your collar looking sleek without poking you in the neck.



So Should You Get Them?

If you are a man dedicated to looking sharp and professional, collar stays are a must.  Just be sure to purchase a shirt that has collar stay pockets when you go to the store, or as your tailor to make sure they’re there if you purchase a bespoke suit.


As always, we’d love to help you pick out your collar stays. We also offer engraving services to personalize your choice.  Give us a call at 1-866-4MY-CUFF and take advantage of our free shipping and gift for items over $29.

Cufflinks make a perfect Valentine’s Day Gift

The Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift

Ah, St. Valentine’s Day – the day when we celebrate our significant others with romantic dinners, beautiful flowers, and gifts.  Often, we think of this holiday as a time to shower the women in our lives with jewelry and chocolate (or if you watch TV, it’s the perfect time to give them pajamas).  But, what about the men?


Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show your love with a pair of cufflinks!  

Flowers wilt, chocolates melt, but cufflinks are forever.


Cufflinks with Personality

Every man is different – they have different interests, passions, and pursuits.  Thankfully, here at Cufflinks Depot, we have the largest selection of cufflinks and the ability to match almost any interest, passion, or pursuit with the perfect pair of cufflinks.
If your significant other is a sports lover, we offer cufflinks in a variety of styles.  We have cufflinks that are mini golf courses, football helmets, team logos, and even team memorabilia memorialized in a cufflink.  Check out our sports collections here.

Patriots NFL Super Bowl Game Ball Cufflinks
Patriots Super Bowl Game Ball Cufflinks
Hole-in-One Cufflinks
Hole-in-One Cufflinks
Orlando Magic Cufflinks
Orlando Magic Cufflinks









Perhaps movies, superheroes, and gaming are more his thing.  No problem! We have cufflinks with superheroes, gaming accessories, and movie memorabilia.

Dr. Who Dalek Cufflinks are great Valentine's Day gifts for Dr. Who fans
Dr. Who Dalek Cufflinks
Game Controller Cufflinks make great Valentine's Day gifts
Game Controller Cufflinks
Spider Man Bust Cufflinks make great Valentine's Day gifts
Spider Man Bust Cufflinks










Personalized Cufflinks

Sometimes the most elegant gifts are the most special.  Engraved cufflinks are handsome and unique, and they make incredible gifts.  These are particularly good for men who wear suits to work each day or who attend formal events regularly.  We offer engravable cufflinks in a wide variety of styles, to match any need.

Blue Borders Vermiel Engravable Cufflinks - perfect for Valentine's Day
Blue Borders Vermiel Engravable Cufflinks
Sterling Silver Navy Sunburst Engravable Cufflinks
Sterling Silver Navy Sunburst Engravable Cufflinks
Grove Black Matte Engravable Cufflinks - great Valentine's Day gifts
Grove Black Matte Engravable Cufflinks









Valentine’s Day Cufflinks

If your man is sensitive and sweet, you can show him how much you care (and that you’ve noticed and appreciate his openness) by choosing one of these special Valentine’s Day cufflinks.

Ruby Diamond Cufflinks - the perfect Valentine's Day gift
Ruby Diamond Cufflinks
Sterling Infinity Cufflinks - share your forever love
Sterling Infinity Cufflinks
Good and Bad Heart Cufflinks - the perfect Valentine's Day gift
Good and Bad Heart Cufflinks









The Perfect Opportunity

Ultimately, no matter who your man is, there is a cufflink to match his need and his personality.  We would love to help you pick out the right cufflinks.  For a limited time, you can even get 15% off your order of $50 or more, in honor of Valentine’s Day.  And, as always, you get a free gift and free shipping on any order over $29.  Shop around, or give us a call so we can assist you: 1-866-4MY-CUFF

Cufflinks: The Beginner’s Guide to Choosing and Wearing Cufflinks with Confidence

A Little History

Cufflinks have their origins in the 16th century in France (which is why you can wear them with a French cuff) and were initially a sign of royalty and high class.  Today, they’re still a sign of a man who understands style and wants a classy image.  Cufflinks have the remarkable ability to take a shirt from formal to casual simply by changing the style of cufflinks worn.


Although cufflinks have their roots in the 16th century, they didn’t become popular and widely accessible until the 19th century, with the dawning of the Industrial Revolution. According to one source:

“By the middle of the 19th century the modern cufflink became popular. The shirt front as well as collar and cuffs covering areas of the most wear were made sturdier. This was practical and when clean and starched, collars and cuffs underscored the formal character of the clothing. However, they could be too stiff to secure the cuffs with a simple button. As a consequence, from the mid 19th century onward, men in the middle and upper classes wore cufflinks. The industrial revolution meant that these could be mass-produced, making them available in every price category.”  


Today, cufflinks are available in thousands of styles, colors, and prices, making them an essential part of a well-dressed man’s wardrobe.


Cufflink Basics

Cufflinks are jewelry that take the place of a button on a dress shirt.  They can be made of many different materials, from precious metals to fabric. You can learn more about the different metals used in cufflink design here.


Types of Cufflink FastenersTypes of cufflinks

There are several styles of cufflinks. Real Men Real Style identifies eight different type of fasteners:

  • Whale Back Cufflinks have a flat head, a straight post, and a “whale tail” that flips completely flat against the post. They are very simple, and their large post and closing mechanism make them easy to use. This is probably the most common type of cufflink on the market.
  • Bullet Back Cufflinks are quite similar to whale tail cufflinks, but the post is a hollow frame, and the closing mechanism is a narrow cylinder of metal that nests inside the frame. To lock the links in place, the cylinder is flipped outward, leaving the frame in place as the post. This is often the most inexpensive type of cufflink.
  • Stud or Button Style Cufflinks have no hinge mechanism. Instead, they have a large head, a straight post, and a smaller, interior head or backing. The smaller head is tilted, worked through the buttonhole, and then straightened out to lock it in place. Once in place, they are quite secure, and the lack of moving parts makes them very durable.
  • Chain Link Cufflinks have two heads (usually identical) connected by a short length of fine chain. This creates a slightly looser fastening than other styles, with visible decoration on both sides of the closed buttonholes.
  • Ball Return Cufflinks have a curved post with a small, heavy ball opposite the decorative head. They provide a slightly looser fastening than hinged cufflinks, but a slightly tighter one than chain. They can be expensive when made in precious metals, as the size and weight of the ball adds considerably to the material cost of the item.


  • Locking Dual-Action Cufflinks use a hinge mechanism similar to the closure of a metal watchband. The entire post is the hinge: the cufflink swings open, the smaller end is slipped through the opening, and then the cufflink is swung shut once more, clipping the sides of the cuff together underneath the head. This is a contemporary style, and after a short learning curve is one of the easiest to use and most secure styles available. Want to grab a pair of quality locking cufflinks that I have personally tested and approve of?
  • Knot Cufflinks are similar to chain link, with two heads connected by a short, flexible length, but they are made of soft cord (usually silk) rather than metal, and the heads are decorative knots. The irregular surface of the knotwork makes this a more casual style, particularly when multiple colors are involved.



Clearly, cufflinks are not all the same, and depending on how you like to wear your shirt, there’s a cufflink style for you.  The video below shows each type of cufflink and explains how to attach your cufflinks to your shirt:


What to Wear When

So, when should you wear cufflinks?  Anytime!

If you’re headed to a formal event, a black tie or white tie event, you want to stick to classics.  Sterling silver, platinum, or gold, with simple, elegant designs are your best bets.  For a white tie event, you may want to dress up even further by wearing a set of cufflinks that includes a mother-of-pearl or other precious stone inlay.  For these events, though, you usually want to avoid overly flashy or “funny” cufflinks.  Below are some cufflinks that would be appropriate in a formal setting.

BAADE Mother of Pearl Cufflinks
BAADE Mother of Pearl Cufflinks
Trafalgar Onyx Inlay Square Stud Set
Trafalgar Onyx Inlay Square Stud Set
Sterling Oval Braided Edge Engravable Cufflinks
Sterling Oval Braided Edge Engravable Cufflinks









You can also wear cufflinks at work, particularly if you work in a setting with a strict dress code.  Wearing cufflinks with your shirt not only dresses up your suit, but it also allows you to project an image of power (or maybe playfulness) to others in the office.  By playing with different colors or patterns, you can make a subtle statement while letting your personality show through.  Below are some cufflinks that would be appropriate in a work setting.

David Donahue Sterling Red Stripe Cufflinks
David Donahue Sterling Red Stripe Cufflinks
Simon Carter Blue Damask Cufflinks
Simon Carter Blue Damask Cufflinks
Sterling Motherboard Cufflinks
Sterling Motherboard Cufflinks








While you may think that you can’t wear cufflinks in a casual setting, you would be wrong!  Cufflinks are perfectly acceptable in, and a really fun addition to, a casual wardrobe.  Team your casual shirt with a blazer and jeans, and you’re ready for a laid back day.  This is also the perfect time to wear cufflinks that really show off your fun (or funny) side.  Below are some cufflinks that would be perfect for a casual day.

Trout Fish Cufflinks
Trout Fish Cufflinks
Trumpet Instrument Cufflinks
Trumpet Instrument Cufflinks
Sterling Silver Large Alligator Cufflinks
Sterling Silver Large Alligator Cufflinks








If you need more ideas about what to wear and when, check out our article, “Choosing the Right Cufflinks for Every Occasion” that’s sure to give you plenty of options, no matter where you’re heading.



Need Help Putting Your Cufflinks On?

This is a handy video that shows how to attach your cufflinks to your shirt.  We also have this handy guide to picking the right shirt to wear with your cufflinks.

Want to Know More?

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Celebrate The NFL Playoffs with Cufflinks for Your Favorite Team

The NFL playoffs are here, football fever is rampant, and Fantasy Football is raging.  Football in America is one of its greatest past times, and everyone loves to celebrate their favorite team.  Most of the time, we watch on the couch, but during playoff season there are playoff parties and, the ultimate, the Super Bowl Party!  Here are some fun ways that you can celebrate your favorite team and make a statement, whether you’re at work or out cheering them on with your friends.


When shopping for your NFL cufflinks, there are several sporty options.  What’s your style?  Do you prefer to show off  your support and wear the team logo?  Or maybe you’d rather be more subtle and choose a cufflink shaped like a helmet?  Or, maybe you’re the die-hard, ultimate fan, and you’d like to own a piece of history by wearing a cufflink that incorporates a piece of your stadium seating or game ball (Yes! We have those, too!)?  Check out the options below for a few ideas that can take your team fandom to the next level.


Remember, all these officially licensed cufflinks are made on silver plated settings. Some even come with a free box lined with turf!  And, as always, shipping is free.  Click the items below to be taken to their listing, or check out the whole collection here.


Team Logo Cufflinks

Whether you prefer a simple logo or a cutout logo, these cufflinks let the world know which team you’re cheering for.  Several of these cufflink sets come with a special turf box.

Denver Broncos Cufflinks
Denver Broncos Cufflinks
Miami Dolphins Cutout Cufflinks
Miami Dolphins Cutout Cufflinks
Silver Finish Pittsburgh Steelers Cufflinks
Silver Finish Pittsburgh Steelers Cufflinks








Memorabilia Cufflinks

Own a piece of history with these limited edition cufflinks that incorporate actual pieces of stadium seats and footballs.  Only for the most devoted fans!

Lambeau Field Seat NFL Cufflinks
Lambeau Field Seat Cufflinks
Patriots NFL Super Bowl Game Ball Cufflinks
Patriots Super Bowl Game Ball Cufflinks
Veterans Stadium Seat Cufflinks
Veterans Stadium Seat Cufflinks








Other Fun Cufflinks

These cufflinks offer a chance to celebrate some of the things that make American Football unique, including helmets, footballs, and fields.

Sterling NFL Football Cufflinks
Sterling Football Cufflinks
Philadelphia Eagles NFL Field Cufflinks
Philadelphia Eagles Field Cufflinks
Sterling Silver NFL Helmet Cufflinks
Sterling Silver NFL Helmet Cufflinks
Kansas University NFL Needlepoint Cufflinks
Kansas University Needlepoint Cufflinks

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