Now days you can purchase a pair of cufflinks from almost all high street retailing shops and through online purchases. The selection is larger. The best place to look for a good pair of cuff links is non other than a good Jewellery store and visiting a jewellery store is a very enlightening experience for the first-time buyer. Most jewelers carry a good selection of formal informal or classic cuff link styles.
Most Common Materials used in Cuff Links
5. Gem Stones
• Cufflinks with gem stones usually needs a good care as gem stones are subject to abrasion and cracking. But when worn, gem stones can undoubtedly add sparkle to your dress sense.
• Gem stones combined with Gold or Silver adds more colour value to your outfit and personality.
• Metal cuff links are cheap and it makes you look cheap. Therefore I advice you to go for Enamel cuff links the best substitute for Gold and Silver.
• Enamel when mixed with the Brass is durable and stronger than most of the Metal cuff links you find in the market today. (look for the label or ask the sales assistant for composition before buying)
• Enamel offer more value and in depth colours to enliven your stylish image.
• Try to match your tie and cufflinks with coloured gem stones or coloured enamel.
• If matching is not your mood of the day contrast your cuff link with your shirt or tie(which I love to do). Contrasting certainly can lively up your image hence mood.
• For matching or contrasting you need Gem studded cufflinks or coloured enamel cuff links. The Black Label collection of Hugo Boss Enamel cuff links, best selling cuff links on e-bay, has a wide range of colours.
It is important that you are mindful of the shapes and colours of your chosen pair of cuff link complement the occasion you are going to wear them.
Know your Cuff Link
Face- Face is the disc, plate, or the crown on your cuff link.
Post- Post is the bar that links the face and the fastening mechanism on the back.
Clasp- Securing mechanism at the back of your cuff link
Types of Cufflinks
- Double faceThis type of Cuff Links has two identical faces where one face is inserted through the button hole to fasten. Highly stylish but can be difficult to use if the button hole on your cuff can be smaller than the face of the cufflink. Also this type tend to damage the button hole and the area around.
- Chain links. This type offer the same elegance-and difficulties to fasten as the double face. Faces are linked by a small piece of chain instead of pole as in double face.
- Snap On. This type is made up of two separate pieces usually called he and she, that snap together in similar mechanism as a snap button on your sports jacket. Avoid this type, if the cuffs are thick the snap can easily come off and unlock.
- Push Through. This type has one face and a small bulbous back , attached to a curved pole, that is small enough to go through the button hole. This type is easy to fasten than doubles faces or chain links and best protection against damages to the cuff because it has no sharp edges like in hinged back. Double faces or chain links may have a larger face to push down two button holes on your cuff. Push through are the most favored classic style and certainly has a good dress appeal even with smart casual dresser.
- Hinged Back.This type has a adjustable bar attached perpendicular to the main post. When securing in the button hole the bar is turned parallel to the face. Hinged back offers the same security and elegance as Push through but the adjustable bar tend to damage both the button hole and the cuff link especially if the small bar at the back is not properly in its unlocked position when taking
- Silk knots. This type has two silk knots of same size linked to one another by a silk cord. Fastening of this type can be difficult as it needs to be pushed through both button holes on your cuff.