Functional – These cufflinks come with other features besides that of enhancing attire. They can come with little games inside them, real, functioning watches or rulers.
Antique – As the word says, these cufflinks cost more because of their age or rarity, and they are collectible based on these criteria. The better the condition of the cufflinks, the higher their prices are likely to go.
Materials – This category would hold such items as precious or semi-precious stones, such as diamonds, rubies or sapphires, although they could also fit in a “stone,” “metal” or “precious gem” categories.
Designer – Some famous men’s clothing designers also design men’s jewelry, to include cufflinks. Their logo is likely to appear on the cufflinks somewhere tasteful.
Sports – This very popular category of cufflinks deals with all things involved in sports. You will be able to find team colors and logos here, as well as images, such as footballs, baseballs and soccer (US) balls. Here, you will find cufflinks with official NFL, NCAA or equivalent sports licenses for your favorite sport.
Commemorative – Do you want your groomsmen to remember your wedding fondly? Then, buy each of them commemorative cufflinks. Maybe you will be serving champagne and would like to put miniature champagne bottles on pairs of cufflinks. They will remember your event fondly. You might describe the picture above as commemorative of your military service to your country.
Sets – Those who love dressing up to go out on the town love having matched sets of cufflinks, especially if they match their other jewelry. Sets are great, because they can go to one or more categories, based on their content. These cufflinks come with matching tie tacks, shirt studs or tie bars. My favorite in this category would be small tumbled stones on gold or silver jewelry findings.
Singles – Completely opposite to sets, these pieces stand out from the crowd by being dissimilar to each other. Perhaps the owner lost the other piece and found one that sets off the pair nicely. Some people will pair off two antique cufflinks that are not exactly the same, but similar. While not an exact match, these cufflinks can give a great visual experience to those who see them.
Closure types – These backings differentiate from among several categories of cufflinks backings all made with different types of shirts in mind.
Precious Metals – These are traditionally gold, silver or maybe platinum. They will contain diamonds or other precious and semi-precious stones, such as moonstone, retaliated quartz or topaz. Birthstones would go into this category. However, even without the stones, some of the precious metals can stand alone.