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Elegant Very Early BELAIS White Gold Cufflinks

Elegant Very Early BELAIS White Gold Cufflinks


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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Edwardian: Pre 1910: Item # 1035061
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It's always a red-letter day, when a pair of Belais cufflinks arrives, but these are among the earliest examples we've seen, because the stamping isn't typical. Only two reverses are marked "Belais White Gold Front," whereas later examples from Art Deco times are marked on each reverse and also state whether they're 14k or 18k. Thus, these would have been made while the company was still experimenting with formulae for white gold -- a process they began around 1887. The resulting patents were issued in the World War I era, so these date from Edwardian or Late Victorian times. Their understated elegance is characteristic of Edwardian tastes, so they were most likely created between 1905 and 1910.

Also attesting to great age is the style of the connectors, one side of which swivels while the other stays fixed, and these bear unusual markings, too: an "S" within a diamond shape, which is an early sterling silver hallmark.

The four faces are identical, styled in a shield shape measuring 5/8 of an inch by 1/2 inch. Within their ornate demi-lune edges, carved with stylized flowers that suggest Art Nouveau, an engraved pattern like pinstripes frames central plaques meant to be monogrammed, if you like. Since the previous owners didn't do so, the cufflinks are all the more giftable today.

As you probably know, Belais jewels are very diffcult to find, now that more people have discovered their quality and artistry. In my view, iit would be a sacrilege to mess these up with files and test acids, so we'll have to content ourselves with uncertainty about exact gold content. Provenance is a Midwestern estate and condition is quite good, showing no damage, just age-apropriate surface wear.

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