Tuesday, November 25, 2008

New Designer at Cufflinks.com

Cufflinks.com has always been known to bring you the newest and most comprehensive selection of links for your cuff. In staying with tradition, the newest designer has been launched through cufflinks.com.

The LOMA Collection is made of entirely sterling silver and enamel. With vibrant and exotic patterns and a focus on textiles and the abstract, this collection is sure to turn heads. LOMA features cufflink designs coming straight out of the Art Deco period that had such a lasting effect on industrial design and architecture movement from 1925 until 1939. That period has inspired designs such as the Chrysler Building, Pop art and now LOMA.

To shop LOMA click here.

LOMA is also available through Macy's and other fine retailers nationwide.

Monday, November 24, 2008

ESPN teaches us How To Pass For A Pro

With the holiday season under way, magazines, shows and sites are now coming out with their yearly holiday gift guides. The folks at ESPN the magazine took the idea and added a spin to it by showing their readers How To Pass For A Pro. They had some great ideas from golf shoes that pros actually wear like the Ecco Ultra Performace shoe featured at www.Eccousa.com, to Shaun White's Hi-Fi Helmet featured here - www.redprotection.com.

They also have a special section on clothing and what trends athletes are doing to up their fashion game; from LeBron's aviators to Tom Brady's army hat. Another valuable clothing tip they have for the holiday season is wearing team cufflinks featured here - www.cufflinks.com/sports1.html

From now until Dec 1, enter coupon code espn10 at checkout and receive 10% off any sports cufflinks at www.cufflinks.com

Happy holiday shopping!

Do you have the time?

With the holidays coming everyone has a million and one things to do. Finding time to cook and get together with the whole family for Thanksgiving. Then after you and your fridge are stuffed, you have to go out in the cold and search for the perfect Christmas tree, one that's not to short but too tall. Then to top that comes the busiest shopping season of the year. Everyone will be running around hard pressed for time. Everyone, that is, except for you! That's because you will have all the time you need right at your finger tips with the newest fashion trend, watch cufflinks.

Watch cufflinks are a great staple for every mans wardrobe. They serve as the greatest accessory not only because of their great bold look but because of their functionality.

You can go with a more modern pair, like the above cufflinks from Jan Leslie. Silver plated and actually functional these cufflinks make for a very trendy pair.

Tateossian London brings a pair of cufflinks for the ultimate road warrior that features a working watch and thermometer. A clean Deco design keeps this pair very stylish. Tateossian's watch collection also features a watch and compass duo, a great idea for shoppers who can never find the north entrance of the mall.

The newest trend is a pair of watch movement cufflinks. This pair is featured in 14kt gold from Tokens and Coins, is taken exclusively from an Elgin watch that was in production from 1864 to 1964. Although this pair no longer functions, it holds an appreciation among lovers of synchronized precision as a moment in time. Tokens and Coins also offer a silver piece, as well.

To shop watch cufflinks click here.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Silk knots are a form of cufflinks that are commonly substituted for the more standard cufflinks made from metal. They are also known as monkey fist, monkey balls or turk head's. These names stem from types of knots they look very similar to.

A Paris shirt maker by the name Charvet is credited with their introduction to the fashion industry in the early 20th century. According to The New York Times they were "quite the style."

Silk knots are made using elastic silk and intertwined to create two separate knots at each end of the piece. When worn you push each side though the cuff so the balls of silk are on the outside of the cuff.

Silk knots are most widely accepted in Europe and Asia. Some see silk knots as less fashionable, however, leading voices on men's fashion like GQ strongly disagree. "Silk knots—often called monkey’s fists—are cheap, elegant, and handy, and they come in an incredible range of colors. There’s no reason they can’t be worn on more formal occasions, although when you’re in black tie it’s nice to have links that match your studs."

Silk Knots come in a variety of colors and can be worn to raise awareness for certain social situations we have all been faced with.

Pink for Brest Cancer

Red for HIV/AIDS

Yellow for POW/MIA and general armed forces support.

Silk knots are available in assortments of colors.

To shop silk knots click here.

Information provided by cufflinks.com, silkknots.com, wiki.com and men.style.com.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Skull Cufflinks

Cufflinks have always been a staple for men's fashion and the office. But everyone has those days they just want to rebel a little, stand out from the crowd. This doesn't mean you have to nix the everyday cufflinks, just add a little kick to your cuff.

What a better way to stand out than a pair of skull cufflinks. The best part is they come in so many different varieties.

This collection from Thompson London features skulls with crystals all over them.

Ravi Ratan's skull collection comes with variety, as well. This collection features rubies and emeralds for eyes or just classic sterling silver or vermeil. Hand-painted black is another option the Ratan line offers.

Come check out all the skull cufflinks.

Infatuated with skulls?
Here is a blog you should take a peak at Skull-A-Day.com.

In June 2007 Noah started making skulls. And now he has turned it over to his blog readers to do the same. To check out his blog click here and enter to win a free pair of Sterling Silver Skull Cufflinks. *Submission was made on Tuesday November 18, 2008 and contest ends December 5th.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Cleaning Cufflinks 101

What's the best way to keep you cufflinks sparkling like new? Well it depends. Cufflinks made of sterling silver just need to be polished every now and then. But what if you have a semi-precious gem. Here are some tips on keeping your jewels gorgeous!

Organic Gems

Pearls are known for their beauty and have been highly valued for centuries. But pearls can be damaged by perfume, hairspray and detergents. It is best to apply perfumes and cosmetics before attaching pearls to prevent this from happening. Also, wipe the pearl with a damp cloth after wearing to keep them pristine.

Another gem from the sea, Coral, has been known to fade when exposed to perspiration. Coral also needs to be kept away from all chemicals. To clean, never soak coral, just with a damp cloth once they have been taken off.

Amber and Ivory need to be protected from hairsprays and cosmetics, as well. To clean these cufflinks just use warm water with soap and wipe dry.

Mineral Gems

The Diamonds beauty comes from the deep sparkle but dirt and oil can dull its natural luster. They can be cleaned with a toothbrush using warm water and soap, dishwashing liquid or alcohol.

Opals as beautiful as they are require climate control. They may crack in freezing conditions and fade in excessive heat. They also dry out when store in a plastic bag, so keep opal cufflinks store in a humid room temperature area. Never wash in hot water!

Turquoise, famous for its rare blue-to-green color is liable to crack under extreme conditions, as well. Certain cosmetics may cause the stone to green. To clean wipe clean with a damp cloth and never let it soak.

Be sure to remove cufflinks or other gems before cleaning. Cleaning gems regularly will help keep their luster and shine. Organic gems have more specific rules. Emeralds and Rubys should avoid contact with dishwashing liquid, as it may remove an oil that was intentionally applied. Dishwashing liquid is too harsh for organic gems.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

MI6 Stamp of Approval

Ravi Ratan releases the James Bond Stamp Cufflinks collection to mark the release of the new Bond thriller and sequel to Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace. The limited edition cufflinks are made from actual British stamps and mounted in sterling silver. Bond fans, cufflink aficionados and stamp collectors alike can choose from one of the three different paperback covers offered for the Ian Fleming novel.

The first pair in the collection features the classic Bond girl that every movie offers. The featured femme fatale in Casino Royale is Vesper Lynd, a bold, beautiful brunette treasury agent, shown in the slick sexed up black dress worn in the film, Casino Royale.

The second pair of collectable cufflinks commemorating the first ever James Bond Novel, Casino Royale, features a green background, playing cards, and of course, a casino marker.

The collections last authentic British stamp and book cover features Bond, Lynd and the terrorist loan shark named Le Chiffre. This pair reads “James Bond plays Russian roulette in the Ian Fleming classic Casino Royale.”

The Bond cufflinks make you feel like you are a double-o agent in Montenegro and part of the action. The collection is available online at www.cufflinks.com.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A Quick How To - Part V

The final installment of Backings A Quick How To is upon us.

The Ball Return

A ball return cufflinks have a back that is composed of a ball of silver or gold. Some designers are even getting creative making the ball of colorful fiber optic glass. The upside is that they are very easy to put on. The ball is also more appealing than a bullet or plain fixed back.

The above collection of animal cufflinks by Tateossian London is available at www.cufflinks.com.

In case you missed previous posts

The bullet backing is most common and arguably the easiest to put on. This backing is constructed with bullet shaped capsule that is suspended between two posts. The bullet can be flipped on its axis to manipulate it through the button holes in the cuff, and then flipped horizontal to secure the cufflink on the shirt. Featured here in sterling silver.

The whale post is the best combination of ease of use and elegance. This style involves a straight or curved post extending from the back of the face and a solid "whale tail" that flips flat to insert, and flips back in place to secure the cuff. Whether the cufflinks utilize a straight or curved post, the advantage is in the ease of use and refined sophistication of the whale backing. It is the perfect blend of style and function.

The most traditional form of cufflinks feature a chain link. Chain link cufflinks are the original form of cufflinks and are found most often in items of English production. Chain links characteristically have 2 sides that are joined together by a chain link. Due to the agility required to put them on, these are certainly for the expert level cufflink connoisseur. The benefit of this style is that there is something to look at on both sides of the cuff. Additionally, chain link cufflinks typically allow for a looser cuff.

Fixed backings are an extension of the cufflink face. This means that the post and backing are formed from the same piece of metal as the front side of the cufflink. The backing does not bend or move in any way. May require a bit more work to put on, but you will benefit in the long run from not having moving parts.

And last but not least, Today's feature

A ball return cufflinks have a back that is composed of a ball of silver or gold. Some designers are even getting creative making the ball of colorful fiber optic glass. The upside is that they are very easy to put on. The ball is also more appealing than a bullet or plain fixed back.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

5 Must Haves

If you could only have 5 pair of cufflinks, which would you choose? Do you pick all conservative or have fun with you 5? Here is a guide to the cufflinks you must have and where you can find them!

The Fashionable

Every well dressed man needs to have a pair of cufflinks he can be proud to put on. Something to catch the corner of an eye and tell people you know a lil something about accessories. This pair of cufflinks by Babette Wasserman are for a true connoisseur of fashion. With 2 of the most adorned gems, this pair comes with Onyx on one side and Mother of Pearl on the other. Classic black and white is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Not to mention, this pair is reversible so you get a 2 in 1 combo!

The Fan

It doesn't matter if you like the 'Boys or the Eagles, you will find your NFL team on a pair of cufflinks. Or maybe football isn't your sport... let's say you're more of a baseball kinda guy.
You know when your team is down by 1 in the bottom of the 9th, 2 outs and Jeter just went yard, there is no better game on Earth than baseball!
Well don't you worry, MLB licensed cufflink are also available!
No matter your sport, fan cufflinks are a must have in your collection.

The Whimsical

Everyone loves a guy with a sense of humor. So a pair of cufflinks that reflects the fun side of your personality is an essential piece, as well. This pair of Ball and Chain Cufflinks by Ravi Ratan are quite the conversation starter.

The Personal

A pair of cufflinks that are connected to your heart are an important piece to add to your collection. When you have a million things piling up at work and you need something to relieve your stress, a pair of locket cufflinks might be the perfect fix. Not only can this pair of cufflinks hold a picture of the ones you hold dearest, but you can also engrave them so they have an added personal touch to them.

The Stud Set

Now that your collection is almost complete, look into a stud set. There are stud sets made of semi precious stone, some tailored to fit a certain theme and some classics like this Infinity Symbol Stud Set by Ravi Ratan. Usually 6 pieces, stud sets come with 2 cufflinks and 4 studs.

With the combination of these 5 types of cufflinks, your look will reflect your personality and whatever image you wish to show the world. What you wear says a lot about who you are. Stand out of the shadow with cufflinks.

To shop cufflinks and stud sets click here.

Monday, November 10, 2008

12 Signs of the Zodiac...

The 12 signs of the zodiac for your cuff!

January 20 - February 18
Your element: Air
Symbol: The Water Bearer
Life Pursuit: To understand life's mysteries

February 19 - March 20
Your element: Water
Symbol: The Fish
Life Pursuit: To avoid feeling alone and instead feel connected to others and the world at large

March 21 - April 19
Your element: Fire
Symbol: The Ram
Life Pursuit: The thrill of the moment

April 20 - May 20
Your element: Earth
Symbol: The Bull
Life Pursuit: Emotional and financial security

May 21 - June 20
Your element: Air
Symbol: The Twins
Life Pursuit: To explore a little bit of everything.

June 21 - July 22
Your element: Water
Symbol: The Crab
Life Pursuit: Constant reassurance and intimacy

July 23 - August 22
Your element: Fire
Symbol: The Lion
Life Pursuit: To lead the way

August 23 - September 22
Your element: Earth
Symbol: The Virgin
Life Pursuit: To do the right thing

September 23 - October 22
Your element: Air
Symbol: The Scales
Life Pursuit: To be consistent

October 23 - November 21
Your element: Water
Symbol: The Scorpion
Life Pursuit: To survive against all opposition

November 22 - December 21
Your element: Fire
Symbol: The Archer
Life Pursuit: To live the good life

December 22 - January 19
Your element: Earth
Symbol: The Goat
Life Pursuit: To be proud of their achievements

To shop cufflinks click here

Friday, November 7, 2008

NCAA Cufflinks

The NCAA has been full of some great games. Who knows which 2 teams will be going to the Rose Bowl but below are some great fan cufflinks for your top 5.

1. Alabama
The Crimson Tide is currently No. 1 with a record of 9-0. This weekend they go head to head with No. 16 LSU. Mississippi State and Auburn are to follow. Bama Fever!

2. Texas Tech
The Red Raiders in Lubbock jumped to No.2 after defeating the then No.1 Texas. Currently their record is 9-0 and they face Oklahoma State this weekend,They finish up their season with OU then Baylor. Wreck 'Em Tech!

3. Penn State
The blue and white Nittany Lions also have a record of 9-0. Penn State has Iowa on their plate this weekend and they can look forward to playing Indiana and Michigan State at home. Penn State Football-Success with Honor!

4. Texas 8-1
Sadly, after Texas came off their big OU win, they lost to the Red Raiders in Lubbock. Now Texas has Baylor this weekend in Austin. The Longhorns are at Kansas November 15 and Texas A&M will end their season. Hook 'Em Horns!

5. Florida 7-1
Florida's only loss was by 1 point to Ole Miss. November 15 they host South Carolina. They wrap up their season with The Citadel and Florida State on November 29. Go gators!

Dont see Your favorite team?
Dont worry there are more cufflinks where these came from.
To shop NCAA cufflinks click here