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Cufflinks: Ideas and Styles for Every Special Occasion

By Mike Fried,

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Cufflinks are a simple way to add color and personality to formal wear. From platinum-plated custom designs to silver sterling cufflinks like these from Blue Nile, these stunning additions can be designed for any style. Consider a pair of cufflinks for your groomsmen, your special guy on Valentine’s Day or any other celebration.

We recommend sterling silver or gold-plated cufflinks, as these materials are durable and will last for years. You can find a wide variety of styles in both precious metals, like these sterling silver squares and these gold vintage round cufflinks. And since we are the “Diamond” Pros, we would be remiss not to recommend the stunning custom cufflinks from Brian Gavin Diamonds.

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Cufflinks are pieces of jewelry that fasten the ends of a shirt cuff together. They replace a commonly used button for linking the two pieces of fabric at the end of a dress shirt sleeve. Normally, you would secure the two buttonholes together with buttons, but the cufflink is a fancier, more stylish way to fasten them.

Double cuffs, also known as French cuffs, are twice the length of a normal shirt’s cuffs. The double cuff folds back on itself and is clasped with a cufflink. Double cuff shirts stand out because the thicker cuff is more pronounced.

To help you with the diamond buying process we lean on our expertise and experience. The author of this article, our CEO, Mike Fried has over 20 years of experience in the diamond industry. Mike started from the bottom, sorting and evaluating hundreds of thousands of diamonds to learn every facet (pun intended) of diamond quality and value. Mike followed that up by spending years buying and selling diamonds on the wholesale market as well as selling tens of millions of dollars worth of diamonds to diamond retailers.

Cufflinks have been around since the 17th century, when they replaced the ribbons and strings many men used to hold their cuffs together. Despite the occasional media headline, they remain just as popular today as they have been throughout the 20th century.

People often wear cufflinks to accentuate a formal outfit. Cufflinks can add style, color and personality, like with these uniquely designed cyclist cufflinks from Blue Nile. While some people choose to wear cufflinks every day with their work shirt, others save them for formal wear on special occasions like weddings, black tie events, date nights, holidays and anniversaries.

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There’s a wide variety of cufflinks on the market—from tuxedo cufflinks to novelty designs. A pair of cufflinks says a lot about your style, and many personalized cufflinks are available for engraving. Sterling silver and gold are common precious metals used to make cufflinks.

Cufflinks are a popular gift for a wide range of special occasions and there’s a style for everyone on your list.

Consider cufflinks for:

Check out the following styles to see what you like best:

Other Men’s Jewelry

Whether you want to add something to your gift or go a different route, there’s a wide range of options for men’s accessories. Check out some of the ideas below. Above all, select something that matches the style of the one you love.

Looking for something truly unique? Reach out to our experts for personalized advice.

James Allen James Allen is the leader in online diamond sales. Their imaging technology is the same as inspecting a diamond with a jeweler's loupe. They have the largest exclusive loose diamond inventory online and fantastic prices. They also have the nicest collection of lab-created diamonds online.
What we love about them:
  • No questions asked returns within 30 days of shipment. James Allen will send you a paid shipping label to return the ring.
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Free International Shipping
  • Free prong tightening, repolishing, rhodium plating and cleaning every 6 months
  • Provide insurance appraisals
  • One free resizing within 60 days of purchase
  • Free ring inscriptions
  • Best-in-class high quality imagery of all diamonds in stock
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • Best-in-class packaging
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Blue Nile Blue Nile is the largest and most well-known internet jewelry seller. They have a very large exclusive online inventory. Their high-quality images are catching up to James Allens' and their prices are amazing. 
What we love about them:
  • No questions asked returns within 30 days of shipment. Blue Nile will send you a paid shipping label to return the ring.
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Free Shipping
  • Free prong tightening, repolishing, rhodium plating and cleaning every 6 months
  • Provide insurance appraisal
  • One free resizing within the first year of purchase
  • High quality images of about half of their diamonds
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • 100% credit towards future upgrades (must be at least double in value)
  • Best in class fulfillment
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About the author

Mike Fried Mike Fried Mike Fried has over 25 years experience in the diamond industry working with Leo Schachter Diamonds, Moshe Namdar Diamonds, and joining The Diamond Pro in 2007. He is recognized as an industry expert and has been quoted in publications such as Us, People, Page Six, The Next Web and more.

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