Cufflinks are jewelery items that are used to fix the cuffs of shirts. They are designed only for use with shirts that have wrists with buttonholes on both sides but without buttons.
The visible part of a cufflink is often monogrammed or decorated. There are many styles: new, traditional and contemporary. Cufflinks can be worn with casual, informal, or business clothes; from very elegant styles such as semi-formal outfits to heaven ceremonial outfits, where they become essentially necessary and are matched to the shirt buttons.
The first cufflink appeared in the years 1600, they only became current at the end of the 18th century.
Their development is closely linked to that of the men's shirt.
After the Medium Age, the visible parts of the shirt (col and cuffs) have become sites of decorative elements such as volvents and embroideries.
The wrists were maintained together by rubans, as for collars, early tie precursors.
Up to the end of the XVIIIth century, suspended steering wheels on the wrist were worn in the yard and in others official places, while in everyday shirts, the sleeves ended with a simple ribbon, where a button was fixed, or even sometimes, a pair of connected buttons were.
Besides, around the middle of the 19th century, modern cufflinks have become popular.
As a matter of fact, fronts of shirts as well as collar and wrists have been made more robust.
This situation changed when Prince of Wales, later Edouard VII, popularized the coloured Fabergé cufflinks in the early XIXth century.
During this time, the cufflinks became "mode accessories" and one of the rare jewelry items acceptable for men in Great Britain and the United States .
In the 1970s, cufflinks were less emphasized in the middle class mode. Ten years later, in the 1980, traditional cufflinks were back in force, as part of a general renewal of traditional male clothing.
This trend has continued more or less to date.