Cufflinks Antique Gold Sapphire and Diamond Back to Back, Art Nouveau, c. 1900
Antique cufflinks yellow gold with European cut white diamonds weighing totally .40 cts., and bright vivid blue unheated sapphires weighing .45 cts. These distinctive cufflinks are in fine condition, and are just under .75 inches long. They weigh 11.2 grams.
The scroll design is very organic in design and the deep hand engraving is superb.
Cufflinks are generally worn by men - except in the 19th century when they were also worn by women. For a jeweled decoration, cufflinks have always been a popular accessory.
Cufflinks have a fair amount of complexity in terms of criteria for selection. Here are a quick dozen reasons from which men pick 1 or 2 as the reasons for favoring a pair of cufflinks. -overall size,
-type of gemstone
-how the cufflink looks against solid color background
presented by the cuff, and
-the personality offered by the motif of the cufflink
-the distance or "throw" of a cufflink as between its back and its front. This criteria has a lot to do with whether or not the gentleman has a large or a small wrist size
-certainly the color or type of material - gold, platinum, silver, wood stainless steel, and carved stones,
-the time period - "I'm Edwardian", "Just call me Deco", "I wouldn't touch Victorian, but I adore Georgian" "Nothing but Belle Epoch for me", etc.,
-whether or not the cufflinks are signed
-ease of application and removal
-and as women would always judge - how a cufflink would "go with" a particular set of shirts, sport coats or suits, and
-who gave them to him!
Today, a preponderance of jewelry is machine made in large factories around the world with abundant and obvious suspicions as to its enduring qualities using not only inferior stones, but also man made stones and treated stones utilizing artificial substances.
Alternatively, these highly unusual and one of a kind Art Nouveau cufflinks are rare, hand-crafted and hand engraved well and possessing fine gemstones.
All items sold are accompanied by a detailed Statement of Value by our gemologist, as well as all original gemological documentation, if specified in the listing. As always, we guarantee all pieces to be exactly as represented. Each piece of jewelry arrives in a gift-wrapped fine presentation box.
Over the decades of our stewardship as a small but exemplary purveyor of the jeweler's art, we have strived to offer a fine and authentic selection, in excellent condition, of collectible jewels from all highly sought time periods at competitive prices. In the process, we have had the extraordinary good fortune of meeting remarkable people - some collectors, others just extremely interesting individuals who have taken the time and effort to examine their lives and select things that tend to make them smile, or admire, or just wonder at the exciting endlessly creative and nuanced panoply of jeweled artifacts.