How to choose your cufflinks

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Fabric-knot cufflinks

These cufflinks, usually made of cotton or silk, exist in different shapes (round, cylindrical, square ...) with a wide choice of colours (solid, bicoloured ...). Their low price allows you to have lots of them and easily match them to all your outfits. Nevertheless, fabric remains a weaker material than steel.

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Fixed-joint cufflinks

Also very common, and more difficult to put on than swivel-head cufflinks, they offer the advantage of sometimes being double-sided or reversible.

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Hinged cufflinks

Their practical closure allows them to hold together very well the two sides of the 'musketeer' type shirt-cuff.

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Press-stud cufflinks

Much less prevalent today, they were widely used between 1920 and 1930 with cuffed sleeves, also called starched cuffs, which were very rigid and which therefore did not permit the wearing of cufflinks that were too big or too flexible.

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Swivel-head cufflinks

This is the most common type of cufflinks at the present time and is very practical, thanks to its pivoting clasp. This category is available in an infinite number of materials, colours and shapes, from the classical to the most original.

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Cufflinks with chains

Less common today, these links have the advantage of being in two parts. However, they may be more difficult to put on, depending on their size. They are found in the collections of Christopher Simpson, Toye Kenning & Spencer, or Deakin and Francis. For purists, this is the only type of cufflink that can be worn.

Materials

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Brass cufflinks:

Composed mainly of copper and zinc, this material allows a wide variety in the shapes of the cufflinks.

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Silver cufflinks:

This precious metal offers great malleability and durability over time.

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Gold cufflinks:

At current gold prices, creating gold cufflinks belongs to the realm of fine jewelry-making.

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Rhodium plated cufflinks:

This rare steel has the distinction of being stainless, which keeps the silver appearance of your cufflinks longer.

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Vermilion cufflinks:

This is a precious metal consisting of a solid silver base coated with gold. We find this material in the unusual and tasteful creations of Diane de Navacelle.

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Palladium cufflinks:

This silver-white precious metal is part of the platinum group. It has the distinction of not reacting with oxygen at room temperature and therefore does not tarnish. It is also used for producing white gold (an alloy of gold ,copper, palladium and silver). There is also black palladium, obtained by chemical reaction.

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Mother-of-pearl cufflinks:

Taken from the interior of certain shellfish shells, mother-of-pearl can be used to make delicate cufflinks, which may have different colours ranging from yellow to purple.

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Gun-barrel plated Cufflinks:

Also called "gunmetal", this anthracite gray or brown metal also brings a modern touch to cufflinks.

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Crystal cufflinks:

This material is rarely used because it is very fragile. It is found in the creations of Robert Tateossian or Geraldine Valluet.

How to match them?

The elegance and style of an outfit results from the subtle mix of all the elements that compose it: shirt, pants, jacket, tie, and also belt, shoes, cufflinks, watch, etc.

According to your accessories

The material must be matched with other accessories in your outfit: your watch and other jewelry, and your belt buckle. All of these must normally be of the same material or, failing that, the same shade (e.g., gold and silver or gold plated metal, aluminum and silver plated metal). Note that a wedding ring, because of its normally small size, is generally not taken into account. So if you wear a watch with a gold case, your cufflinks must also be golden.

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Also note that you are quite right to match the colour of your cufflinks to the colour of your watchband.

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According to the colours of your outfit

First, note that the colour of your cufflinks is not determined by its material (gold, silver, metal, etc.), but by its pattern.

Reminder: the colour of your cufflinks must agree with that of another element or accessory in your outfit like the tie, belt, socks or shoes (shoes and belt have to be the same colour).

To match your cufflinks to your outfit, it is better to choose their colour according to one of the following three principles.

Shade for shade

The colour of your cufflinks is identical to that of your shirt, only the luminance varies (lighter or darker shade).

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Analogous colours

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The colours of your cufflinks and your shirt are different, but very close to each other on the colour wheel.

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Complementary colours

The colours of your cufflinks and your shirt are opposite to each other on the colour wheel.

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