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Conversational Cuff Links

Jill Newman

British firm Deakin & Francis offers hundreds of cuff links designs to satisfy any businessman’s hobby, sense of humor, or style. While it makes a broad range of classic designs in gold, gemstones, and enamel, it is celebrated for its whimsical designs—from enameled miniature cigar boxes to skulls with diamond-studded eyes that open and close. Founded in 1786, company is owned and managed by seventh-generation brothers James and Henry Deakin. James, 35, and Henry, 28, are both trained gemologists and worked at Asprey before taking charge of the family business. The younger generation brings a youthful, stylish attitude to the brand and manages to capture the spirit of the times with their cuff link designs. One pair features the cover page of the Wall Street Journal on one cuff link and its mate has the cover of the Financial Times. The brand offers a menagerie of animals, classics, and funky items such as cuff links in the form of miniature handcuffs. Each brother has his own favorite: James’ is black diamond ants, and Henry’s are a traditional pair of yellow gold and enamel with cabochon sapphires in the center and a funky pair of saber-toothed tiger cuff links. Prices range from $3,000 to $6,000. (Available at Bergdorf Goodman Men in New York, www.bergdorfgoodman.com)

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