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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1920 item #1321335
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Recently named fashion's favorite color for spring, rose quartz is showing up in all the best places. Here that ravishing shade of pink is seen in two giant oval cabochons of faux-moonstone, adorning the sort of jewel worn by those Viennese beauties Klimt painted in the last days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

The full opulence of that golden era is captured in this Czech buckle, because it dates from the earliest years of Czechoslovian independence. Marked Czechoslov, it can’t be older than 1918, but I doubt it’s much younger. The style is totally Belle Epoque: ornately detailed with Art Nouveau scrollwork, rope twists and millegrain accents, then gilded very richly. This looks like 22 karat at least. On the reverses, untouched by time's patina, the gilding is almost blinding. If you like, a good jeweler could restore much of that original brilliance to the front surfaces and brighten the tiny areas on the collets where gold has worn away -- not that any work really needs to be done. As it is, this magnificent piece is sure to charm everyone.

Fastened, the buckle measures 3 inches by 1 1/4, and its brackets will hold a belt or sash up to 3/4 of an inch wide, or wider if gathered.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1920 item #1312513
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Supremely giftable even after more than a century, these gorgeous antique cufflinks from a Florida estate haven't been worn much, if at all. Their intricate pattern is as crisp as on the day they were made -- which we estimate as pre-World War I based on several key details of fabrication.

First, the stamping isn't typical. Only two reverses are marked "Belais 14k White Gold Front," whereas examples from Art Deco times are marked on all four backs. Too, each connector is attached in an oddly improvisational way, curving over the stamped text. That would never have happened later on. Also to be considered is the curvy Art Nouveau shape of the connectors and the quintessentially Edwardian neoclassical "garland style" of the cufflinks, themselves. A vining garland encircles the central floral motif on each cuff, and another is evoked by graceful demilunes of petal-like scrollwork around the outer edges. Each hexagonal face measures 5/8" in each direction.

These are certainly among the prettiest Belais cufflinks I've ever been privileged to offer, and quite a few examples have passed through our hands at GlitzQueen. Now that the fabulous Belais brothers have gained so many fans, it gets harder and harder to replenish our stock, but we do have several lovely choices for you at present. Search "Belais cufflinks" if you'd like to see them all.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1900 item #687173
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Among the most exciting and truly unusual cufflinks that I've seen anywhere in the world, these were discovered in Paris and could conceivably be French or Swiss. However, my top guess for point of origin is Scandinavia, due to the marvelously stylized design. The enamelwork looks almost modernist and yet these cufflinks are of a type made only in the 19th century. The torpedo-shaped backs with chains are quintessentially Victorian. Perhaps a Scandinavian jeweler came to Scotland, no great distance, and adapted to the craze for Highland items that began after Queen Victoria acquired Balmoral Castle in 1848. Motifs like this mountain goat (or deer) -- along with Highland Stags, Celtic designs and "pebble" jewelry -- became wildly popular, as Vicky's courtiers and other subjects laced on their boots and took to hiking the Cairngorms.

These cufflinks were certainly regarded as special even by their original owner, because their condition is exceptionally fine. The torpedoes and chain gleam like new and only slight surface wear can be observed with high magnification on the enamel plaques and their reverses. The colorful tops pack buckets of style into their 1/2" by 1/4" area; the chains are about 3/4" long and the torpedoes, which feature sparkling bright-cut detail at the back, are about 7/8" long. Since enamelwork is typically done on silver, I expect its edges and reverse are vermeil (gold-washed sterling). The torpedoes and chains may well be be carat gold; at the very least, they're gold-filled, which means any underlying metal is encased in so much gold that the finish almost never wears out.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1900 item #620541
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These gorgeous antique cuff links show strong Arts & Crafts influence in the cabochon cut of the luminous blue-white moonstones, their bezel settings with handsomely detailed frames and the overall quality of hand-workmanship. They also have the characteristically Victorian "bean" backs that indicate 19th century origin.

The faces measure 3/4 inches long, so these are very good-sized moonstones. The metal appears to be rolled gold, thus much more durable than plating. Making these even more collectible (and giftable), they still have what appears to be their original box of issue. Provenance is a Pennsylvania estate and most likely dating is circa 1890. Under magnification, age-appropriate surface wear is naturally present. I should mention also that one moonstone is a bit thicker at one end than the other, unless it's slipped to a slight tilt within the mounting.

Other antique moonstone cufflink sets I've seen online are commanding prices between $400 and $800, so these are a wonderful bargain, especially while on sale.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1940 item #587919
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These spectacular shoe clips are of heavy gilt brass, formed in ovals with fans set in the centers. Each fan is crowned with six glorious diamond rhinestones so vividly prismic that I thought at first they were aurora borealis. Since the chemical treatment that produces those weren't developed until around 1950 and this is definitely NOT a 1950s style, I examined them more closely and found they're just incredibly good crystals: top-of-the-line faceted glass from Czechoslovakia or Austria.

The rose gold gilding is wonderful, too. Look how well it's held up through all these years. It takes high magnification to notice any wear, except on the reverses. Look also at how the thick and sturdy the folding clips in back are. They simply haven't been made this well since the Art Deco era. These aren't at all the flimsy type of shoe clip that came along later.

Dating from between 1925 and 1935, they're antique or within a few years of it, by American 75-year standards. Size is 1 3/4" by 7/8" and provenance is a West Coast estate.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1930 item #363074
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Because the patent date of October 31, 1922 appears on these gorgeous antique snap-together cuff links (along with the brand name STA-LOKT), we can date them precisely to the transitional period (1910-1925) between Edwardian and Art Deco styles. This was a time in which elegant craftsmanship met modern technology and these gold-filled and ornately engraved links are as beautiful and functional as ever, showing only a little age-appropriate surface wear. Provenance is a Missouri estate.

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