They are called cufflinks, a kind of very elegant pins that articulate to join the cuff on the sleeves of a shirt, which depending on the country where we are can receive various names such as yuntas, cufflinks, collars, yokes, cufflinks, etc.
Every cufflink is composed of 2 parts which are joined together through a small bolt that can rotate, allowing to close the fists once it is introduced by the eyelets. Given the way in which this movement is executed, not all metals are suitable for making this type of jewelry.
Parts of which the cufflinks are composed
Knowing the parts that the cufflinks are made of will help us understand the way they work and how to always wear them elegantly:
• Front face: it is the most visible part of the cufflink, the one shown at the top and usually always shows a design, or else a precious stone or any other attractive element. In some cases it only shows a smooth and polished face.
• Pin: It is the part that crosses the eyelets of the fist and which is attached to the bolt.
• Bolt: It is the most hidden part of the cufflink and is located at the bottom of it, being able to rotate 90º, making it stay in the position that does not allow it to go out of the eyelets of the fist.
Cufflinks are not considered in common use, and when they are worn by a person in a shirt they are considered very elegant garments, being in some cases jewels mandatory for some ceremonial garments, such as the tuxedo and frac.
Cufflinks can also be worn in a normal suit by those who prefer to dress more elegantly or at a wedding, where they usually need shirts with double cuffs, which usually have longer sleeves.
However, there are some types of cufflinks that do not use straight pins or bolts, which have been replaced by a locking mechanism that can be a chain, a curved pin, in which the other end has a similar design.
As the function of every cufflink is to help close the cuffs of a shirt, designers have devised various ways so that these jewels can fulfill the function for which they have been designed in different ways. Let's see what are some types of best known cufflinks:
• Whale tail cufflinks: They use a bolt mechanism that blocks the cufflinks, which looks similar to a whale's tail, being practical and very popular.
To use them, just turn the bolt until it reaches the closed position, once they are slid through the eyelets of the cuff. They are usually easy to manufacture, easy to use, inexpensive and are usually mass produced.
• Bullet closure cufflinks: Use a bullet-shaped, easy-to-use, economical and very popular locking mechanism. To use it, we must ensure that the bolt is aligned parallel to the pin, passing it between the eyelets of the fist, turning the bolt back so that they are fixed in place.
• Chain link cufflinks: These types of cufflinks are of an older class, dating back to their history long before the so-called Industrial Revolution. It is made up of 2 faces which are usually the same, staying together by means of a chain.
They are traditional in style with design on both sides, are not so easy to hold and are slightly loose. To use them, only one side must be inserted at the correct angle through the eyelets and then straightened until closing.
• Button or tack cufflinks: The shape of these cufflinks is similar to a button or the head of a tack, they are not very attractive and to use them you must rest the bottom side to the side, forming an angle of 90 degrees in relation to the buttonhole of the fist, sliding it through it until it is straight, similar to the action that is taken by buttoning the button of a shirt.
These cufflinks tend to be more durable since they have a fixed structure. On both sides they show well-made designs, giving a classic touch to the garment that is used.
• Receding ball cufflinks: They have an inelegant, somewhat odd appearance, which has a large ball that is attached to a face which can be decorated, having a curved chain or pin. These should be tilted and pushed down their smallest side until they pass through the eyelets, then straighten them.
• Cufflink Double Action Lock: This type of cufflinks can be said to be the most modern, of a contemporary design that tend to hold very well. To use it we must ensure that the cufflink is dejected once it is able to pass through the eyelets of the shirt cuff, expanding it until it is secured.
In these cufflinks both faces are identical and show very attractive designs.