All of our cufflinks are designed in London using 3D CAD software, then produced and hand-finished in Birmingham using conventional jewellery goldsmithing methods (see more about how they’re made below).
Silver is a classic look that pairs with anything. Choose your level of “bling” - ranging from the gritty antiqued finish up to a high-gloss shine.
“.925” Sterling silver consists of 93% silver, 4% copper, and 3% zinc. Silver cleaning dips should be avoided in general (they are extremely corrosive and dull the finish), but especially with antiqued/oxidised silver where the tarnish is beautifully intentional.
Our Sterling silver is hallmarked by the Birmingham Assay Office.
The metallic patina of antiqued Sterling silver makes for an edgy, vintage appearance. Using a chemical oxidisation process, antiquing leaves recessed areas tarnished, providing attractive contrast to the polished outer surfaces. Since antiqued silver is already partially tarnished, it’s perhaps easier to care for than its polished siblings below.
This magnetic finish produces a distinctive look similar to sand or the whorl of a fingerprint. The surface is slightly uneven, and not as smooth as the high-gloss finish.
A brilliant lustre for truly eye-catching pieces. Conventional but also very classy on a white shirt - check out the “on white cuff” photos in our catalogue. Indeed this neutral shine pairs well with any colour, and with other accessories such as watches and eyewear.
To help maintain their high gloss and resist silver tarnish, these cufflinks are also plated with white Rhodium.
For something a little more subtle and atmospheric, sandblasting leaves a matte silver appearance with a smooth and even surface. Still Sterling silver and hallmarked, but in a more natural look.
.925 silver - satin
Manually brushing the silver surface during finishing leaves a lined effect on the metal. Similar to other brushed metal textures you may be familiar with, although not stodgy and uniform like your kitchen appliances :)
An affordable means to wear that rich, beautiful golden glow. Here .925 Sterling silver cufflinks are formed using the same lost-wax casting as above, but then are electroplated with a 1-micron layer of 18K yellow gold on top.
1-micron (1μm) gold plate is 4-6 times thicker than what is commonly known as “flash plating,” but it too eventually wears off. Gold is a soft metal and easily scratched, so mild dish soap and gentle polishing with a very soft cloth is all you need to clean it. Avoid using silver polish or getting cologne, chlorine, etc. on any plated jewellery.
14K or 18K solid gold
We can also produce your cufflinks in solid gold (yellow, red or white) by special request. These will certainly be more durable than gold-plated ones, given the points above. However solid yellow gold (the least expensive variant) cufflinks generally cost 18 to 22 times more than plated ones for a pair.
To enquire about making your cufflinks in solid gold, please contact us.
A unique, suave, “man of mystery” look. Starting with the same .925 silver base as their gold plated siblings above, these are electroplated with a layer of black rhodium.
Hallmarking is a way of guaranteeing that you’re getting the correct level of purity in your precious metals. Statutory hallmarking is compulsory in the UK. Every item sold - not just made - as precious metal (e.g. silver weighing over 7.78 grams) in the UK must have been tested and hallmarked by an independent third-party Assay Office to guarantee that the precious metal is of the fineness stated.
Our cufflinks are cast in Birmingham’s famous “Jewellery Quarter,” and then hallmarked a couple minutes away at the Birmingham Assay Office. The “.925” Sterling silver all our cufflinks are made from consists of 93% silver, 4% copper, and 3% zinc.
If you’d like to learn more about hallmarking, see the official UK Dealer Notice or check out the short video from the Birmingham Assay Office below. We also highly recommend a visit to Birmingham’s “Museum of the Jewellery Quarter” where you can tour a perfectly preserved jewellery workshop and learn about the steps involved in making pieces like ours.
How Lahosky Cufflinks are Made
Our London home is an old paint factory on the River Thames - previously the shipyard that built Burrell’s S.S. “Great Eastern.” That’s Mr. Isambard Kingdom Brunel (in the stovepipe hat) and his ship pictured here on this very site.
Our cufflinks are inspired by such engineering and architecture, and the famous river that flows by us.
Click/tap on any of the 8 numbers or headings below to see more details about each step in the process of making our cufflinks. This illustration depicts our Turbine design.