Robert St-John Smith Owner or RSJS Studios

Cufflinks don’t have to be sensible, boring or formal. They can be loud, dramatic and lively. Here we pride ourselves on producing cufflinks that are both quintessential and, dare we say, eccentric.


All our cufflinks are handmade in our studio in Leeds, UK and as well as the range of cufflinks we carry, we offer a full bespoke service. We have one rule: as long as it is metal, we can turn it into a pair of cufflinks - if it is not metal, we will find a way.


We love weddings, and if you are looking to kit out yourself and your groomsmen for your big day, then please get in contact as we offer a discount on multiple pairs, or if you are looking for something a bit different - such as say a set of cufflinks made from a Vulcan Bomber then we are the people you need to be talking to.


Our history

The company was established in 2012 by Robert St-John Smith, with the first pair of cufflinks being made being out of spent Colt 45 cartridges with a hacksaw, a simple blowtorch and a lot of elbow grease.

In the first two years, we concentrated mainly on upcycled cufflinks such as cufflinks made from bike chain, and old coins. At the same time, we started to work on our silversmithing skills and in 2014 we took on our first workshop to increase our capacity and range.It took us just a year to outgrow that workshop and we now occupy a 900ft space with over three hundred tools specifically to make your cufflinks.

We have shipped to over 25 countries and as well as the cufflinks we produce, we also produce cufflinks under private label for a growing number of companies.


Craftmanship

We attribute our success to the fact that after every pair of cufflinks that we make, we review the product and the process and look for ways to improve it - we want to produce the best cufflinks we can.

We source our findings from Birmingham's Jewellery quarter, Hatton Garden in London and Germany’s Pforzheim region, regardless of whether it’s brass, silver or gold, to ensure we get the best quality.

You can be assured that you will not find a drop of glue anywhere in our workshop. All cufflinks and other pieces are either silver soldered/brazed or have a cold connection. We do not use any lead based solders. In fact, for quite a few of the cufflinks in the range, we use specialist brazing rods most suited to the metals that we are joining, and naturally silver solder for silver. This gives our pieces an extremely strong bond.

Each pair of cufflinks comes with a lifetime no questions asked guarantee - even if you bust them on the dance floor on your wedding day, or as in the case of one customer accidentally run them over (we are still trying to work out how that happened).

About Robert St-John Smith

Up until 2012, my career had been split between working in the corporate world as a consultant and within a variety of different roles in the film and television industry. As I got older, I found myself working more in the corporate world than doing the fun stuff.

I wanted to get back to making something with my hands, and as my time in the film industry as an armourer, I always thought cufflinks from spent bullet cases would be cool. Never did I imagine that it would start a new career and for em to be where I am today.

One of my favourite things about making cufflinks is hearing the stories behind why someone wants a certain design and the reaction when they get it get. I am also regularly amazed at where my work has ended up.

When I am not in the workshop, I am a keen retro gamer and also enjoy ‘tinkering’. I am also a member of probably one of the least productive bands ever, but can say that I have had a top 500 hit in Finland.

 

Robert St-John Smith Owner or RSJS Studios

Cufflinks don’t have to be sensible, boring or formal. They can be loud, dramatic and lively. Here we pride ourselves on producing cufflinks that are both quintessential and, dare we say, eccentric.


All our cufflinks are handmade in our studio in Leeds, UK and as well as the range of cufflinks we carry, we offer a full bespoke service. We have one rule: as long as it is metal, we can turn it into a pair of cufflinks - if it is not metal, we will find a way.


We love weddings, and if you are looking to kit out yourself and your groomsmen for your big day, then please get in contact as we offer a discount on multiple pairs, or if you are looking for something a bit different - such as say a set of cufflinks made from a Vulcan Bomber then we are the people you need to be talking to.


Our history

The company was established in 2012 by Robert St-John Smith, with the first pair of cufflinks being made being out of spent Colt 45 cartridges with a hacksaw, a simple blowtorch and a lot of elbow grease.

In the first two years, we concentrated mainly on upcycled cufflinks such as cufflinks made from bike chain, and old coins. At the same time, we started to work on our silversmithing skills and in 2014 we took on our first workshop to increase our capacity and range.It took us just a year to outgrow that workshop and we now occupy a 900ft space with over three hundred tools specifically to make your cufflinks.

We have shipped to over 25 countries and as well as the cufflinks we produce, we also produce cufflinks under private label for a growing number of companies.


Craftmanship

We attribute our success to the fact that after every pair of cufflinks that we make, we review the product and the process and look for ways to improve it - we want to produce the best cufflinks we can.

We source our findings from Birmingham's Jewellery quarter, Hatton Garden in London and Germany’s Pforzheim region, regardless of whether it’s brass, silver or gold, to ensure we get the best quality.

You can be assured that you will not find a drop of glue anywhere in our workshop. All cufflinks and other pieces are either silver soldered/brazed or have a cold connection. We do not use any lead based solders. In fact, for quite a few of the cufflinks in the range, we use specialist brazing rods most suited to the metals that we are joining, and naturally silver solder for silver. This gives our pieces an extremely strong bond.

Each pair of cufflinks comes with a lifetime no questions asked guarantee - even if you bust them on the dance floor on your wedding day, or as in the case of one customer accidentally run them over (we are still trying to work out how that happened).

About Robert St-John Smith

Up until 2012, my career had been split between working in the corporate world as a consultant and within a variety of different roles in the film and television industry. As I got older, I found myself working more in the corporate world than doing the fun stuff.

I wanted to get back to making something with my hands, and as my time in the film industry as an armourer, I always thought cufflinks from spent bullet cases would be cool. Never did I imagine that it would start a new career and for em to be where I am today.

One of my favourite things about making cufflinks is hearing the stories behind why someone wants a certain design and the reaction when they get it get. I am also regularly amazed at where my work has ended up.

When I am not in the workshop, I am a keen retro gamer and also enjoy ‘tinkering’. I am also a member of probably one of the least productive bands ever, but can say that I have had a top 500 hit in Finland.