Friday, June 8, 2012
Among my favorite cufflinks is an old design called The Road To Ruin that reminds the wearer of the simple pleasures of life, those which taken to excess can lead a man to ruin. Originating in a less complex time before the popularization of certain chemicals and the demonization of tobacco, the images show traditional male pastimes: champagne, dancing girls (either chorus or ballet dancers qualify), horse racing and cards. Pursued with too much vigor any of these can bring on personal disaster, though they are particularly effective in combination.
In the photo, 18 kt gold and enamel cufflinks by Deakin & Francis.