Cufflinks first appeared in Europe at the beginning of the seventeenth century. Little by little, they replaced ribbons and laces which until then fastened sleeves in an elegant way.
First cufflinks were gold buttons linked by a small chain. At the end of the nineteenth century, the Industrial Revolution favours their rapid development. A wider range of cufflinks can be produced thanks to low-cost production capacities. At the same time, shirt evolves to become the archetypal smart garment.
French cuffs shirt emerges, but remains confine to the upper echelons of society.
Cufflinks get common from the beginning of the twentieth century. Famous jewellers (Cartier, Tiffany...) get inspiration from art movements (Cubism, Art Deco) to imagine new designs, using ever more refined materials: precious stones, mother-of-pearl...
In the 1970s, French cuffs shirt have been widely replaced by sewn button shirt.
Today, as a distinguished fashion accessory, cufflinks are acclaimed in professional environments which requires refined clothing or in events such as weddings or urbane parties.
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