For years they’ve served as a simple on-the-cuff accessory often relegated to a box in the back of the closet until you have an occasion to don a French-cuff shirt. These days, however, cuff links are more than heirlooms brought out of hiding for weddings and other formal affairs. To modern men of style, they are the equivalent of a gentleman’s calling card, drawing attention with the flick of a wrist to his passions, hobbies, and sense of whimsy. 

Top row to bottom row, left to right: Ovolino sterling silver vise cuff links, $120, (212) 586-1186, www.exovo.com; Charles Tyrwhitt silver thermometer cuff links, $99, (866) 797-2701, www.ctshirts.com; Robert Talbott convertible sterling silver and silk cuff links (with six snap-top covers), $395, (800) 747-8778, www.roberttalbott.com; Catherine Zadeh beaded sterling silver cuff links, $190, (212) 274-9984, www.catherinezadeh.com; Charles Tyrwhitt silver/enamel rainbow cuff links, $75, (866) 797-2701, www.ctshirts.com; Jan Leslie sterling silver and enamel mermaid cuff links, $295, (212) 679-5337, www.janleslie.com; Links of London sterling silver salmon cuff links, $145, (800) 210-0079, www.linksoflondon.com; Kenneth Cole abacus cuff links, $50, (847) 816-0035, www.justcufflinks.com.