SPREZZATURA SPRETT-sa-toor-ah I pride myself in offering quality handmade accoutrements for men looking to add subtle elegance to their wardrobe. All prices include shipping and help pay for my cumbersome student loan.Please send payment via PayPal to email@example.com and allow 2 weeks to ship from Canada. Dandies by definition take great care choosing their attire, and as a result are prone to looking too studied, too precise, & too perfect. On the other hand, a complete lack of attention to one’s attire lends itself to being classified as slovenly. It is here that the men of the Renaissance knew well to use the “golden mean,” the balanced center between extremes. While Cicero, preached the Stoic concept of neglentia diligens (studied negligence), Ovid famously observed, “Ars est celare artem” (it is art to conceal art). Over time, these philosophies grew into what is called sprezzatura, a wonderful word coined by the sixteenth-century writer Baldassare Castiglione. It is about being able to dress without a lot of visible effort. It’s about taking a nonchalant attitude with your appearance—when in fact you do take time and effort to create your look. It's a combination of Ã©lan, grace and class, without affectation and pretense. More importantly, the appearance of effortless mastery extends well beyond sartorial endeavors. In life, it too is art to conceal art. Sprezzatura is a kind of graceful restraint that is an elemental characteristic of true civility and has helped define the Western concept of the ‘gentleman’. Softening one’s outlook as well as one’s outfits goes a long way to cultivating the kind of gentlemanly approach that even the most perfectly imperfect boutonniere can’t impart. Possessing the gift of sprezzatura allows anyone to approach life with a robust and enviable what-the-hell air, regardless of what others think. It is this studied spontaneity that is a magnetic trait that most people can’t quite put their finger on. But it’s not easy. 'In the end,' says Giorgio Armani, 'the most difficult thing to do is the simplest thing.'" DOUBLESIDED CUFFLINKS The materials are largely deadstock from a West German company that went out of business in the 1950’s. Most items have gone out of circulation for decades and will never to be reproduced again; Not to mention the difficulty of finding such great quality and charming details in today's mass-produced world. With a little elbow grease I’ve crafted the rare pieces into double-sided cufflinks. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do... BIG TYMER GEMSTONES 1) Citrine (SOLD OUT) Made of warm yellow Citrine that has plenty of character. Only gold-plated rods and rings where used. Price: $75 Diameter: 12mm & 10mm 2) Onyx (SOLD OUT) Made of handsome black onyx that’s very glossy. The pictures really don't do them justice. Price: $40 Diameter: 12mm & 10mm MOTHER OF PEARL 3) Antique Mother of Pearl (SOLD OUT) Made of bright white mother of pearl with a stunning sheen. The shell has a great grain pattern to it that the photos failed to capture. Price: $20 Diameter: 15mm Age: ~30 Years 4) Cream Mother of Pearl Warm creamy tone with a beautiful iridescent line running through it. Price: $15 Diameter: 15mm Origin: Japan 5) Snow Rounds Snowflake white mother of pearl with a clean face. Price: $10 Diameter: 11mm Origin: Japan Age: ~12 Years SILVER 6) Aztec Hearts (SOLD OUT, MIGHT REORDER) These boast rustic yet rich patina that catches the eye. Not quite sure how old they are, but they certainly look it. Price: $50 Diameter: 14mm 7) Globe Trotter (SOLD OUT, MAY REORDER) Very unique pair with a woven grate on one side and the globe on the other. Price: $30 Diameter: 18mm & 15mm Age: ~20 Years 8) Callig Price: $25 Diameter: 15mm Age: ~15 Years 9) Constantine the Great (Argento) Price: $25 Diameter: 14mm Age: ~18 Years 10) Medieval Token Price: $25 Diameter: 14mm Age: ~6 Years 11) Garden Grille (SOLD OUT) Pierced vintage silver. Open work with Helix and Flower design. Price: $25 Diameter: 17mm 12) Studded Shield Price: $20 Diameter: 15mm Age: ~25 Years 13) Crest of Honor Price: $20 Diameter: 15mm Age: ~15 Years 14) Concave Crest Price: $20 Diameter: 15mm Origin: France Age: ~15 Years 15) Lion and Unicorn Coat of Arms Price: $15 Diameter: 15mm Age: ~15 Years GOLD 16) Golden Snowflake Absolutely gorgeous. You will see your shirt through the cut-outs. Price: $30 Diameter: 15mm Age: 15 years Origin: Italy 17) Cresta Nera Price: $30 Diameter: 15mm Origin: Italy Age: ~40 Years 18) Cresta Dorato Price: $30 Diameter: 15mm Origin: Italy Age: ~40 Years 19) Cresta Marrone Price: $30 Diameter: 15mm Origin: Italy Age: ~40 Years 20) Bianco Prezioso Price: $30 Diameter: 14mm Origin: Italy Age: ~40 Years 21) Nero Prezioso Price: $30 Diameter: 14mm Origin: Italy Age: ~40 Years 22) CrÃªte Opaque These are very rare and quite costly. Material is plastic but they don’t look it. Price: $25 Diameter: 15mm Age: ~30 Years Origin: France 23) Cupola Price: $20 Diameter: 14mm Origin: Italy Age: ~ 30 Years 24) British Crest Price: $15 Diameter: 14mm Origin: Germany Age: ~50 Years BRASS 25) Vintage Pilzhaube Incredible detail and still in perfect condition. Price: $35 Diameter: 15mm & 11mm Origin: Germany Age: ~ 50 Years 26) Brass Snowflake (SOLD OUT, CAN REORDER) Absolutely gorgeous. You will see your shirt through the cut-outs. Price: $30 Diameter: 15mm Age: 15 years Origin: Italy 27) Constantine the Great (Bronzo) Price: $25 Diameter: 14mm Age: ~18 Years 28) Empereur Napoleon (SOLD OUT) Price: $20 Diameter: 19mm Origin: Italy Age: 11 Years 29) Crustacean Price: $20 Diameter: 15mm & 12mm Origin: Japan Age: 14 Years BLACK 30) The Mournful Posy These vintage Neo-Victorian black glass cufflinks feature charming gold flowers. They are very old, most likely dating to around 1920. Price: $55 Diameter: 14mm Origin: Germany Age: ~90 Years 31) CrÃªte Noire Price: $25 Diameter: 15mm Origin: France Age: ~40 Years SEMIPRECIOUS BRACELETS Real semi-precious stones strung by hand using topgrade elastic Gossamer Floss.
- Made of real semi-precious grade A stones.
- Strung by hand with elastic Gossamer Floss, pre-stretched to prevent sagging.
- 8mm bracelets have no visible knot and <6mm bracelets have discrete knots.
- As seen on Italian Sartorialists, these pieces are quintessential Sprezzatura!
- 8mm beads - avg 23 beads per bracelet
- 6mm beads - avg 32 beads per bracelet
- 4mm beads - avg 21 beads per bracelet
- Measure the actual circumference of your wrist
- Bracelets will be made snug, unless otherwise requested.