Stylish Jewelry Adds a Touch of Class to Shirt Sleeves
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George Burns, Winter 94/95
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If you've shopped around, gone to the auctions and still haven't found anything that appeals, drop in at Tender Buttons on East 62nd Street, just off Lexington Avenue in New York. This delightful store is often the shop of first resort when celebrities need just the right touch for their outfits. Where else could Jack Nicholson have found playing-card buttons and cuff links for his role as the Joker in Batman?
At Tender Buttons, every button can be a cuff link, including some 200 styles of blazer buttons, genuine Civil War uniform buttons, bunny rabbits, dice and snakes. You might rub shoulders with a biker looking for a skull and crossbones. You could have been there when Brooke Shields bought her gold high-heel links. You're too late for a pair of cigar-shaped cuff links in gold and platinum with enamel cigar bands, but you could still find a pair of Leica-camera links, circa 1950. The owners, Diana Epstein and Millicent Safro, travel the world looking for unique buttonsandcuff links. Midwest-erners can check out the stock in their second store on Rush Street in Chicago.
If you're not sure about your style, but want to get started, take a look in the men's shop at Bergdorf Goodman in New York. There, along with the antique and contemporary styles in enamel, gold and sterling, you'll also find a colorful choice of the classic knot style--in silk. For $8 each, you can have a pair to match everything you own.
For a bit more--well, quite a bit more--there's the look of 22-karat gold and rich granulation by contemporary jeweler Maija Neimanis. Or the more modestly priced styles by Shellie Brooks, who uses a new material--a polymer clay--and works it in an ancient technique, similar to the millefiori glass of Venice.
Don Johnson is still chasing bad guys in rerun heaven, but it appears his pastel T-shirts have lost some of their appeal. No matter. While they're shooting at each other, you could be linking your cuffs and showing off your own distinctive style.
Ettagale Blauer is a free-lance writer and frequent contributor to Cigar Aficionado.
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