Even if you already have a pair of wonderful antique white gold cufflinks by the legendary Belais Brothers, you may need these, too. Most Belais jewels are Art Deco, but these are earlier examples dating from before World War I. Certainly no later than Edwardian, they could be Victorian, based on the link connectors, as well as the design.
Each octagonal face bears a profusion of intricate engraving that shows both Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau influences. Against a spiral background, the central motif is a stylized snowflake bordered by rows of tiny zigzags symbolizing thunderbolts -- and all this glory is set within an ornate border of curvy scrollwork! The remarkable design repeats four times as usual, since Belais links are double-ended.
Measuring 5/8 of an inch in each direction, these reached us from a Midwestern estate. Their condition is very nice, requiring high magnification to notice age-appropriate surface wear, and all four reverses are clearly stamped "Belais 14k White Gold Front". When you possess a piece bearing this name, quite simply you own the best, because the Belais brothers were the *gods* of white gold jewelry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Now that so many people have discovered the beauty and quality of Belais jewels, it's become terribly hard to keep pieces in stock. At the moment, we're fortunate enough to have three sets of Belais cufflinks. Even on eBay, some sellers are pricing these in the $300 range, whereas we like to offer them at much more sensible rates and keep looking until we find reasonable deals.
Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. There's no charge for insured US shipping, with an equivalent discount for international delivery, and we're always happy to gift-wrap free on request. Thanks for looking!