The Story Behind the Stone: A brief history of the power cuff

A generation of women who came of age in the 1970s knew how to rock Wonder Woman’s iconic stance with crossed wrists ready to deflect bullets - all the while wearing some hot looking cuffs. Actually, cuffs predate popular culture. Both men and women from unrelated ancient civilizations wore some version of these wrist accessories. Beside their highly dramatic appeal, they could point to the social, religious or military status of the wearer.

Jarrett-MayThat feeling of strength seems subliminally transferred to today’s stylista who feels empowered by wearing these statement pieces. Worn alone, the power cuff is quite enough to pull together a look. Worn in tandem with other types of accessories, it lends the woman an eclectic sensibility. But when worn in pairs, well - the glamour girl unfurls the apex of her real super-powers.

You won’t have to look far to find your own style with these bold statement makers. Found in every metal, with and without gemstones, and in price points from impulse to I’ll-consider-it, you’re bound to find a cuff that’s all you.

It would be nice to select from a wide range of cuffs all in one place, wouldn’t it? A. Jaron Fine Jewelry Design Studio seems like an intuitive place to start the search, because Amanda Jaron has stocked her studio with some alluring choices. Your problem may be which one to choose.  

“Personally, I have cuffs in both gold and silver, I wear them all the time,” Jaron confides. And there’s a logical reason for her preference towards these pieces. “Unlike many apparel trends,” she points out, “accessory trends like cuffs are a classic statement that can transition through the seasons and can work with everyone.”

According to Jaron, you don’t save cuffs for dressy occasions. “Gold can accent a neutral casual look and can help a look go from daytime to evening in a snap. Silver or gem encrusted cuffs can dress up a white t-shirt and jeans, making a bold fashion statement.”

Your customers don’t have to reach deep into their pockets to feel the power of the cuff. Not far behind the designers who sell these pieces in precious metals and gemstones are volume manufacturers who have sensed the trend. Whether you sell silver or platinum, with or without diamonds, there’s a cuff to which your customer will respond.

Award winning trade journalist and gemologist Diana Jarrett is a Registered Master Valuer Appraiser and a member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA). She’s a popular speaker at conferences and trade shows. Jarrett writes for trade and consumer publications, online outlets, Color-n-Ice blog, and at Contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit her website at, and/or follow her on Facebook and Twitter (Loupey).