Mother of pearl, the delicate inner coating of mollusc shells, is the raw material from which Samuel Gassmann makes his cufflinks. Reversing the habitual order of stonesetting, the rustic button reveals first the tougher, darker protective element, leaving the finest part inside.
Shells are the buttons’ accomplices, their best friends. The mother-of-pearl that lines the inside of the shells is the button maker’s material of choice. The seashell that most commonly produces mother-of-pearl is the pearl oyster that makes the immaculate white nacre, used for the daywear buttons, and grey nacre for the eveningwear buttons. Equally the burgau produces a grey nacre, the troca a sandy beige hue and the clam shell (often referred to in vernacular French as la clovisse) also bears mother-of-pearl.
Day clothes are supposed to ease one’s daily activities. Daywear cufflinks are also designed to be worn comfortably, from Monday to Friday.