Men are typically left out when it comes to gemstone jewellery–or any jewellery for that matter.
Luckily, the modern man has a few bastions of tasteful adornment that are not only acceptable, but superior!
Cufflinks are the topic of the day.
“Really? Cufflinks…” you say in your most “2013-non-french-cuff-wearingest” indignant tone.
Cufflinks. They are classy. Wear them.
Oh I can just hear it now. “Well I would, but I don’t wear French cuffs…”
This is your first problem. French cuffs are the most practical and tasteful alternative to wearing a banner over your head that reads “I’m a virile male with excellent taste”.
If you’re like me, your reaction might be along the lines of “Oh, I don’t wear jewellery”.
Cufflinks are not jewellery, they are functional shirt closures that just happen make you look like a boss at the same time.
It’s the low hanging fruit of men’s style. Men, get yourself into some french cuffs and cufflinks.
As for my cufflinks, I’m pretty excited about them.
All polished. They’re solid silver and really hefty:
Rhodonite and Red Jasper Cufflinks:
Rhodonite and Red Jasper Cufflinks, different ones:
This is a bit of a sneak peek. I’ll get these into the store once photographed.
So how are they made you ask?
Most people buy ready-made cufflink backs and slap on a bought stone. Not here!
Here are the raw slabs that I’ll use:
And here are the sterling silver cufflink backs that I fabricated. The bar doesn’t spin. The little spinning mechanism in common cufflinks is sort of neat, but it’s a lie! You would think because it’s more complicated that it’s more functional. However, after nervously trying this solid silver bar style, I’m hooked. Because they’re solid, they don’t flip around while you push them through the cuff. It’s a simpler design, and a better design!
Getting reading to assemble the cufflinks:
Almost there, just need set the stones in, and go through the polishing stages: