Superb Highly Ornate Early BELAIS 14K Gold Cufflinks
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Directory: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Accessories: Cufflinks: Pre 1920: Item # 485362
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Even if you already have a pair of wonderful antique white gold cufflinks by the legendary Belais Brothers, you may need these, too. Their design motif is one of the most elaborate I've ever seen from this company. It repeats four times, since the links are double-ended. Each of the domed faces - patterned like snowflakes and 5/8" round - bears on its reverse the "Belais 14K White Gold Front" mark and a "Talon Grip" stamp. Even the connectors are ornately formed, and all details are as clear and crisp as on the day these were made. That day was most likely between 1910 and 1920, since Victorian and Edwardian influences are evident. This was an important transitional period before geometrical Art Deco styling became dominant. You'd have to look a long time to find another pair of antique cufflinks this stunning and in such lovely condition. Their provenance is a Midwestern estate.
With fashion's return to the elegance of French cuffs, antique cufflinks are flying off our shelves as fast as we can find them, particularly those by Belais. When you possess a piece bearing that legendary name, quite simply you own the best of the best, because the Belais brothers were the *gods* of white gold jewelry in the early 20th century (circa 1900-1930). Onset of the Great Depression caused the company's closure by destroying the market for luxury goods.
We're fortunate now to have several Belais items in stock; to see the others, please use the search term "Belais".
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