If you search online for designer cufflinks you will come across some at huge prices. For example, one manufacturer has a pair in gold with black onyx in the centre and the designer/manufacturer’s name in capitals around the edge – twice! We suppose that if you really want to spend just short of £2,500 for the privilege of advertising that company’s products for them, then that’s OK!
Of course, it may be that a man would want to “show off” how wealthy he is by doing that, but it is probably not a thing that most men would want to do. You can buy designer cufflinks for far less in any case, and with far more taste than that.
Cufflinks come in a huge range of different designs and patterns, and they come in different materials too. So, you can buy gold cufflinks, silver ones, cufflinks in platinum, metal alloy, stainless steel, and even titanium and copper. In fact, copper cufflinks with their warm reddish tone will develop a patina over time, becoming darker and even producing green patches in some cases. This gives them a special vintage charm that may or may not agree with you, depending upon your tastes. However, the good news is that if you don’t like that vintage look, you can always keep them glowing and polished by simply giving them a good polish with a suitable cleaner every now and again.
You can also have bronze cufflinks. While this is less of a red tinge than copper, it is still a warm colour, but like copper it also tarnishes and produces a patina.
Then again, you might like silver cufflinks. Fine silver is actually 99.9% silver and is a soft metal and not really suitable for most jewellery. However, you can also get sterling silver which is real silver mixed with 7.5% copper. This is why you will sometimes see sterling silver referred to as '925 silver' or hallmarked with a 925 stamp. The copper makes the silver harder, more durable, and therefore much better to work with and use, but without compromising on colour.
Formal Black-Tie Cufflinks
In fact, at Wimbledon Cufflink Company we produce a pair of formal Black-Tie sterling silver cufflinks which are the perfect accompaniment to your dress for those very special occasions such as a formal dinner party or gala evening or visit to the theatre in the city centre. The Black-Tie cufflinks have a black onyx face with a smart silver pattern around the edge.
There are many different materials that are used on the face of cufflinks, with some of the more unusual ones being wood and leather. Wood has a warm and earthy tone and a grained effect and is a modern idea for cufflinks. Leather is also a modern idea for cufflinks and has a rugged appeal. Both of these should only be worn for less formal occasions, and certainly not to a black-tie dinner.
Another idea is mother-of-pearl for the cufflink faces. This gives an iridescent sheen that will make a powerful impression on others.