Rare Arts and Crafts BELAIS 14k White Gold Cufflinks
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Directory: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Arts and Crafts: Pre 1910: Item # 623376
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At last we have more Belais cufflinks! They're getting extremely difficult to find, now that more people have discovered them. As you probably know, the Belais Brothers were the "gods" of white gold jewelry in the late 19th and early 20th century. Their process for making it was so far superior to others' that they held a patent -- so, when you own antique jewels signed Belais, you have the best of the best.
These particular cufflinks are especially exciting, because they show so much Arts and Crafts influence that we date them to around 1900. Most Belais jewels are Art Deco, but the brothers began working with white gold in Victorian times. Here we see, on each of the four shield-shaped faces, a pattern with strong Celtic overtones. Zigzags symbolizing thunderbolts or streaks of lightning flash boldly in all directions, interrupted in the center section to provide a monogram plaque -- still awaiting your initials.
Each face is framed by an elaborately worked edge and even the connectors are ornately formed, with scrolling floral shapes that give more than a nod to Victorian Art Nouveau. Their reverses are stamped "White Gold Front Belais 14K" and "Talon Grip." Measuring 3/4 of an inch by 1/2 inch, they're a bit larger than most Belais designs and reached us from an estate in New York, where the company was based. Condition is amazing. Every bit of the engraving is as crisp as on the day when they were made.
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. If you like these, you'd better not delay.
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