The History of the Cuff

A cuff bracelet has always been a part of my personal style.  I have been collecting them for years, therefore, I knew I wanted to incorporate them into KMM Collective's style.


Hammered Brass Cuff

This Hammered Brass Cuff is available on our website, click on the link above.  This particular style gets its influence from the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans.  They were worn as a talisman for protection but also as a status symbol.


These Egyptian cuff bracelets are on display at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and date back to 1425 BC.


These Maltese Cross Cuff belonged to Coco Chanel.  When she met the Duke of Verdura in the late 20's, she asked him to redesign her jewelry.  He designed two of these enamel cuffs, slightly mismatched, and she wore them so much the enamel chipped.


These images are from a blog called The Adventurine to which I am now subscribed because of all of the interesting stories about jewelry.

The cuff made a resurgence in the 1970s, remember Wonder Woman?


You can actually purchase your own Wonder Woman inspired cuff on various websites, like this one below on Amazon.


Elsa Peretti was known for her Bone Cuff which she designed in 1974, I think it screams Studio 54.  One person described it as "organic and sculptured at the same time; polished, yet with a primitive silhouette that seamlessly hugged the wrist".



You can still buy these at Tiffany and Co., they range in price from $1200 to $13,000.

Jackie Kennedy received numerous pieces of Van Cleef and Arpels jewelry from Aristotle Onassis including these Etruscan Manchette Cuffs.



Jackie wore these at an event in 1977 where she met Muhammed Ali.  Click on the link below to read more about Jackie's Van Cleef and Arpels jewels.

Here is a photo of some of my personal cuff collection.

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