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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Arts and Crafts : Pre 1920 item #1109681
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In recent weeks, we've been lucky enough to enlarge our selection of cufflinks by the legendary Belais brothers. Replenishing this stock has become terribly hard to do, now that so many more people have discovered the beauty and quality of Belais white gold. Some sellers even on eBay are pricing these in the $300 range now, whereas we like to offer them at much more reasonable cost.

Having gotten a nice deal on this pair of beauties from a Wisconsin estate, we can pass savings along to you -- as well as an unusual and charming design. The intricately engraved pattern on each of the four faces suggests a pinwheel made of feathers or perhaps a burst of fireworks, within two rings of zig-zags of the sort that represent lightning in the symbology of the Arts & Crafts movement. Motifs of this sort tend to figure in Belais links that pre-date World War I, after which patterns became more classically geometric in line with the Art Deco sensibility. In my opinion, however, these are a little later (transitional rather than Edwardian), since the fasteners have a streamlined look and the stamping isn't quirky; "Belais 14K White Gold Front" appears on each reverse. Size is 3/4" round and condition, as you see, is excellent.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Arts and Crafts : Pre 1900 item #696863
GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
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Here's an elegant pair of antique cufflinks perfect for gentlemen who prefer simpler jewelry. Their oval, slightly matte-finished faces, which measure 11/16" by 7/16", are adorned only by a refined cutwork edge showing clear Arts and Crafts influence. We know these links are especially early, because of their "bean" backs typical of the late 19th century.

The metal appears to be either low-karat gold or high-quality rolled gold, since I can't see any surface losses that would indicate plating. In either case, they'd test at around 9k and I can't bring myself to damage them with a file and test acids. The only areas of discoloration are solder marks where the shanks join the backs of the faces. Overall condition is so fine that it's clear these have been worn very seldom. Thus, they'd make a fabulous gift -- and they offer plenty of space for adding monograms.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping and gift wrap is always free on request. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!