By Hannah Connorton
When we think of cufflinks, what typically comes to mind is men’s jewelry--but that isn’t always the case.

Women accessorizing with cufflinks is something that has been around for some time, said jewelry and style expert Michael O’Connor.

“It’s not something new,” he said. “I believe the first time we saw it was in the ‘40s. Because it was the first time many women had been in the workforce, their outfits took on more masculine ideals--lapels got wider, shoulder pads became fashionable. So even if cufflinks weren’t being worn, large buttons would simulate the look of one.”

Now, the masculine look in women’s fashion is back again--think the “boyfriend”-style shirt and jeans many brands advertise and, in jewelry, and the popularity of large-faced or men’s watches for ladies.

“So why not dress up the cuffs on a blouse or shirt?” O’Connor said. “It’s out there, and women are noticing (cufflinks) and playing around with them. There are so many styles available--you can go flashy or conservative.”

The rise of the cufflink among women also is the result of the surging popularity of jewelry wear among men.

“I think what has aided the resurgence of cufflinks in women’s clothes is that more men are starting to wear them as they become less concerned about wearing jewelry overall,” O’Connor said. “Men have the watch, then the wedding band, and cufflinks are the next piece for them to wear. It’s evolution.”

Click through this gallery to see 10 sterling silver cufflinks from Anson that are perfect for women or men. All prices listed are retail.

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