Releasing your male clients’ ‘inner peacock’
Part 6 of 7
By Llyn L. Strelau
So what does this have to do with bench work? Well, there’s a lot to be said about creating a custom piece that is unique, fashionable, challenging to produce, and strikes the right chord with a demographic that appreciates the techie things in life. Some of my recent designs for men’s jewellery include cufflinks with interchangeable components, appealing to that breed of man who has a collection of interesting links. Using German-made bayonet clasp findings, I designed a basic link component that can be worn with a simple logo back and a variety of fronts or used with complementary decorative fronts and backs.
Pieces incorporating interchangeable components can appeal to male clientele with a collection of cufflinks. Photo courtesy Llyn L. Strelau.
The picture to the left if of links set with ancient Roman silver coins (depicting an emperor and an empress) and a collection of four different colours of South Sea pearls that can be worn in any combination. It is important to pay attention to the orientation of the cufflink in relation to the shirt cuff. The finding that goes through the buttonholes must match their direction (i.e. perpendicular to the length of the arm), while the decorative component typically looks best with the long axis (if there is one) running parallel with the sleeve.
Green Arrow’ cufflinks in white gold, with black jade, meteorite, round bezel-set tsavorite garnets, and bead-set black diamonds. Photo courtesy AGTA. Photos by Robert Weldon.
The ‘Green Arrow’ cufflinks in white gold seen to the left are set with black jade and meteorite, round bezel-set tsavorite garnets, and a sweep of beadset black diamonds.
Since cufflinks are subject to potential wear and tear, especially when worn on a regular basis, the metals and gemstones used should be durable. For dress wear, consider using materials that may be more delicate and decorative.
More to come of this story in Part 7.
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