Lily Gardner’s Duvyten Cufflink Collection – The Story
Lily Gardner’s unusual, limited edition collection of men’s cufflinks – ‘Duvyten’ – is a perfect complement to the lifestyle of the modern man, and has evolved from a small range of unique lace cufflinks in sterling silver to the vivid colour choices of the retro glass and resin range.
In the latter, stained glass from 1950s London houses is crushed and mixed with resin. This method gives us a virtually infinite variety of colour ways for these retro cufflinks
If you like something simpler and more pared down there are plain coloured glass tablet cufflinks inspired by the elegance of the art deco 1930s. The sterling silver cross-stitch cufflinks in pink, blue and ivory are little works of art too. They are made of embroidered suede set in Perspex and then in sterling silver. All cufflinks are hallmarked and made in London.
Did you know? The forerunner of today’s shirt first appeared in the early-16th century, its ruffled wristband finished with small openings on either side that tied together with “cuff strings”. Although cuff strings would remain popular well into the nineteenth century, it was during the reign of Louis XIV that shirt sleeves started to be fastened with boutons de manchette or “sleeve buttons”, typically identical pairs of coloured glass buttons joined together by a short chain.
By 1715, simple, paste-glass buttons had given way to pairs of two, decoratively painted or jewelled studs, typically diamonds, connected by ornate gold links. Hence was born the cuff “link”.
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