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A device that is employed to join temporarily the two ends of a cuff around the wearer's wrist without overlapping the cuff ends, being inserted through two buttonholes.
Such articles are made of gold, silver or other materials, in many ornamental styles, shapes and sizes; luxury examples are ornamented with gemstones, enamelling, engraving, or relief decoration.
Some cuff links have a decorative piece at each end that is too large to pass through a button hole; these 'double cuff links' are joined by a detachable link with a spring-like fastener. Cuff links are generally made in identical pairs, but some are of two different but harmonious designs
From: An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry, autor: Harold Newman, publishers: Thames and Hudson