Buttons, as a means of fastening, were not used until the 13th century. Up until that time garments were held together with strings, pins or belts. The cufflink was created as a more decorative way of fastening two sides of a shirt cuff together.
In the 17th century the vogue was for lace edging to blouses and shirts that fell over the hand. Definitely decorative, but not generally practical, the nobles began using ribbon to tie the cuffs up. The idea to substitute jeweled buttons for the ribbon tie was quickly taken up by those that could. The elite classes favored the very ornate forms which could include miniature paintings on glass or quartz. By the 19th century the double cuff or French cuff had become fashionable and the middle class adopted cuff links albeit using rhinestones and paste as a substitute for diamonds, gold & silver. However it was not until 1924 that Mr Boyer of the Boyer company invented a tilting stick between a fixed base, that we would have the basis of the most commonly used fastener today.
The Aya Kawa cuff link range was created to provide something different for those of you looking for a pair of cuff links for work, formal dress or as a gift. Aya Kawa Cuff links are made from enamel, brass, rhodium & stainless steel. Aya Kawa cufflinks are designed in the Aya Kawa studio exclusively to compliment our ties. Each cufflink has a strictly limited edition and is only available through Aya Kawa stockists. We hope you enjoy browsing our cuff link range!
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The baby blue floral carousel cuff link was designed to go with a silk tie of matching colour - highlighting the features of both the tie and the cuffs.
Our jewellers weren't sure if they could make this when we initially showed them the design. Eventually, they did. We hope you appreciate the detail.
The cherry blossom gold cuff link design captures the cherry blossom flower in full bloom. Cherry blossoms signify the evanescent nature of life. The blossoms make a stunning appearance at...
The purple carousel cuff link was designed to go with a silk tie of matching colour - highlighting the features of both the tie and the cuffs. We hope you...
The white spider chrysanthemum cuff links take their inspiration from the Chrysanthemum flower. The significance of the Chrysanthemum derives back to the 8th century when the Japanese emperor adopted the flower as his official seal. Since...