Dating back to the seventeenth century, cufflinks came about when men wanted something more elegant for their shirts than ribbons or ties to hold together their cuffs. To achieve this they began to wear small chains that were fastened to the end of a gold or silver button and fed through the holes of the cuff to keep them together. Such materials could only be afforded by the wealth and despite some evidence suggesting that the use of cufflinks can be seen in the hieroglyphics of the ancient Egyptians this appears to be when cufflinks as we know them first appeared.
Over time, the cufflink developed and became a more sophisticated part of a man’s wardrobe, particularly for evening and formal usage. In the professional world, the use of cufflinks was seen by many as a way to express oneself without being too outrageous! Nowhere was this more apparent than in the legal world especially with members of the Bar where strict codes of dress were in place and over the course of the nineteenth century varying types of stones and precious metals were used for cufflink designs.

With the onset of the Industrial Revolution, the high production of low cost cufflinks enabled a greater variety of cufflinks to be manufactured and shirt makers began to sell more double cuff shirts to take advantage of the cufflink craze.
In the late twentieth century, the cufflinks industry had a low period when shirt makers narrowed their ranges of double cuff shirts but since the beginning of 2000 there has been a resurgence in the popularity of cufflinks. Today, cufflinks can be found in any shape or style for all types of dress and the cufflink has grown into a popular fashion statement for both men and women alike.

The most expensive cufflinks ever sold were a pair given to King Edward VII by his wife Wallis Simpson – they were sold at auction in for $440000 in 1987.