GlitzQueen Antique and Vintage Jewelry
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Silver : Pre 1910 item #1348310
GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
$95
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I'm very partial to 2-tone jewelry, because it can be worn well with both white and yellow metals -- and, besides the versatility, there's a look of pure opulence. But these remarkable cufflinks would meet anybody's definition of splendid, even without their gilded edges and reverses.

Helping us date these treasures is the fact that their maker, the HWK Company, opened in 1905 and had closed by the 1920s. They were among the style leaders in Providence, RI, then a major jewelry center. Their cufflinks, some with their Talon Grip brand, often incorporated intricate white gold tops fashioned by the Belais brothers in Manhattan. That influence is strongly apparent here in the elaborate engraving of popular motifs including Celtic symbols and natural shapes evocative of sunrises and rainbows. They simply couldn't be more Arts & Crafts in design, or more characteristic of an Edwardian style-setter's taste.

In the absence of markings, I'd say the white metal is most likely chromium or rhodium, both hard-wearing cousins of platinum, which also don't tarnish. Because the tops aren't actually made of that famed Belais gold, here's a wonderful opportunity to pick up a really luxurious-looking pair of cufflinks for about half what you'd expect to pay. Size is about 3/4" x 1/2" and provenance is a Missouri estate.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery, and gift-wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Silver : Pre 1930 item #1220366
GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
$85

Free U.S. Shipping & Gift-Wrap if Desired.
These handsome links offer the look of white gold or platinum for a lot less, since there are no markings. They're made of white metal through and through, with brighter faces that appear plated with rhodium or chromium (hard-wearing, tarnish-free cousins of platinum).

An early 1920s dating is most likely, since their subtle stripes and shield shapes have more in common with the elegant Edwardian era than the exuberance of later Art Deco design. Age-appropriate surface wear is evident only with high magnification. Size is 3/4" x 1/2" and provenance is a Midwestern estate.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery, and gift-wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail erinharris@comcast.net to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!