I've got a section of my site headed "For Men". In the intro, I ramble on a bit about how would you define men's and women's jewellery anyway, and finish with the words "who says that cuff-links are just for men?"
Well, as if to prove my point, what should pop up, but a commission to make some cufflinks for a young lady - girlfriend of some friends' son (still with me?).
Commissions are what I love doing most because they generally bring the opportunity to make something that is really personal. These were probably the best example of that so far.
As you can see, set into the cufflinks are 2 pieces of carved mother-of-pearl.
An unusual choice?
Yes; but if I tell you that they were originally part of the decorations from his grandmother's wedding cake, then I think you will soon be getting the same sort of vibes as I did.
We didn't want to make the cufflinks too ornate, so the design was driven as much by practical considerations as anything else. Cufflinks tend to take a lot of wear and tear, especially when worn to the office (constantly being knocked on the desk top, you see), so we needed a design that would not be too affected by little scratches that would inevitably build up, but which would also offer protection for the mother-of-pearl. Job done?