King Edward’s VIII Cartier Cufflinks were part of a Sothebys Auction in 1987 | Image Source: Cartier

Subtle Power: Diamond Cufflinks that Make a Statement

The true secret to power is keeping it subtle. That’s why one of the smallest style accessories makes a big statement. So much more than simply keeping French cuffs together, Cufflinks are the final piece in a polished wardrobe. They express a superior elegance that completes a refined look.

Whether it’s simply adding value to a smart suit or providing the finishing touches for a formal black-tie ensemble, the finest cufflinks are a multi-million dollar affair. The most expensive of this kind are made from precious metals like gold and platinum and adorned with diamonds and other gems. If you’re searching for a powerfully subtle style statement, then here are the most high-end cufflinks money can buy.

Jacob & Co. 11.95 Carat Diamond Art Deco Cufflinks

This is an elegant heirloom that’s one for the ages. Made by world-renowned jeweller Jacob and Company, the exquisite 18k white gold frame features just under 16 carats of pure art deco style diamonds. The two huge centre white 6.05 carats and 5.90 carats diamonds are gracefully framed by four 4.15 carat baguette diamonds. Turn the cufflinks over and the backing features yet another 0.37 carats in white diamonds. A pair of these diamond cufflinks cost over A$820,000.

Jacob & Co. Emerald-Cut Canary Diamond Octagon

The world-record-setting cufflinks are a sight to behold. Another stunning pair from Jacob & Co, the diamond cufflinks cost a staggering A$5.6 million. The epitome of elegance, the world’s most expensive cufflinks features a centrepiece of over 21 carats of canary yellow diamonds surrounded by wide facet, shard-cut 10.76 carat diamonds. Holding the gems together is a frame crafted from 18k white gold secured with a diamond whale flip back closure.

Panthère De Cartier Cufflinks

These Cartier cufflinks cost A$52,000 a pair. The perfect elegant addition to a pristine suit, the luxury cufflinks are a rhodium-finish 18K white gold creation paved with 290 diamonds. The 18.9 x 16.8mm men’s cufflinks feature a panther design with emerald eyes and black onyx spots encircling an onyx centre.

King Edward’s VIII Cartier Cufflinks

Quite literally suitable for a king, this one-of-a-kind pair of designer cufflinks were crafted by Cartier and gifted to King Edward VIII in 1935 by his wife Wallis Simpson. King Edward’s most precious possession, the diamond and sapphire-encrusted cufflinks were part of a dresser set. Engraved with the words ‘Hold tight’ on the back the set was part of a 1987 Sotheby’s auction featuring a collection of the King’s personal possessions. Today the pair of diamond cufflinks are in the possession of Syrian billionaire Wafic Said, worth an estimated A$536,000.

Jacob & Co. Double Diamond Basketball Cufflinks

A unique Jacob & Co. design, these magnificent 18k white and yellow gold cufflinks are shaped like miniature basketballs. The truly head-turning set holds emerald-cut diamonds totalling 22.73 carats – altogether the stunning pair is worth A$217,000.

Givenchy x Fonderie 47 Phoenix Cufflinks

A collaboration between luxury fashion house Givenchy and unique jewellery designer Fonderie 47, these high-end cufflinks are created using metals extracted from firearms seized from war-ravaged Africa. Featuring the steel from approximately 120 AK47 rifles, Givenchy used the metal to style the rose pedestal base. The interior is coated in 18k gold and encrusted with 47 diamonds and the stamp of The House of Givenchy. All this incredible opulence costs almost A$94,000 per pair.

If you’re looking for more men’s accessories, have a read of; Classic Accessories for the Modern Collection.

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