The World’s Most Expensive Cufflinks
8. Arfaq Hussain’s V2 Cufflinks: $39,007/Pair
Featuring a golden crown decked with sapphires and diamonds laid on top of a striking double sword base made from 18-carat yellow and white gold, the V2 used to hold the title of the world’s most expensive cufflink. Designed by Arfaq Hussain, the former design director of London-based House of Gianni Vive Sulman, only seven V2’s were ever made. Its most famous buyer was the King of Pop, the late Michael Jackson, who wore the V2 as part of his iconic pseudo-military outfit worn during the HIStory World Tour.
7. Phoenix by Givenchy: $70,000/Pair
Foundrie 47, a jewelry company which specializes in using steel extracted from firearms seized from warzones in Africa, launched its brand of cufflinks in 2011 with the introduction of the AK47 range (named after the rifle). A year later, the company collaborated with James de Givenchy to produce the Phoenix Collection, which in the words of its creator, “was inspired by the concept of the egg as a symbol of budding possibility.”
James, who is the nephew of fashion legend and founder of The House of Givenchy, Hubert de Givenchy, uses the steel from approximately 120 AK47 rifles to form the rose pedestal base for each of his cufflinks. Adorned with 47 conflict-free diamonds and inlaid with an 18k interior gold coating, the Phoenix is at once worn, jaded and extraordinarily beautiful.
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