As family folklore claims, a 16th century Deakin was a well-recognised sea-farer who heroically saved his fellow naval officers from a ferocious pirate attack. For this reason, the skull has been a design associated with the family business since its founding in 1786.
DEAKIN & FRANCIS®, founded in 1786, designs and manufactures the world’s finest cufflinks. The English workshops produce fine quality handmade jewellery in precious metal, incorporating vitreous enamel and fine gemstones. Seven generations after Charles Washington Shirley Deakin developed the product range, the business is today owned and managed by James and Henry Deakin. Over the last 200+ years the team of manufacturing jewellers and silversmiths at Deakin & Francis® has created over 1,000 cufflink designs for business people, celebrities and members of royalty worldwide. Styles include gold and silver cufflinks, through to full dress sets in platinum and diamonds. Deakin & Francis® creations range from funky and fun to classic collections.