Antique and vintage cufflinks are miniature works of art. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries fine cufflinks were created in a great variety of elegant…
Elegant cufflinks with an intricate arabesque of twisting vines and stylized foliage surrounding a small, sparkling diamond. The finely rendered, mesmerizing design recalls the decorative art of Moorish Spain. Created by Hayden W. Wheeler & Co. in 14kt gold, circa 1900.
Elegant Art Deco cufflinks with hematite cabochons set in gold. The alluring dark metallic gray of the hematite plays beautifully against the rich, warm tones of the yellow gold settings. These dramatic cufflinks were created by Larter & Sons in 14kt gold circa 1925.
A fierce, writhing dragon menacingly uncoils as if readying to lunge forward and exhale fire. These beautifully modeled, finely detailed cufflinks show the influence of Art Nouveau design in the twisting body and tail of the dragon and the manner in which they circle around to become the border of the cufflinks. Created by Larter & Sons in 14kt gold, circa 1900.
Elegant, intertwining scrolls frame raised gold centers set with small diamonds. Finely crafted in the late Victorian tradition of sculptural goldwork, these cufflinks were designed to romantically shimmer in flickering candlelight. Created by H.A. Kirby in 14kt gold, circa 1890.
Honey-amber citrine cabochons play beautifully play against yellow gold settings. Citrine is a golden variety of quartz prized for its warm colors and alluring, mysterious glow. It is the gemological cousin of the more common varieties of quartz, amethyst and rock crystal. This elegant dress set (cufflinks, shirt studs and vest buttons) was created by Sansbury & Nellis in 14kt gold circa 1925.
The understated elegance of Carrington cufflinks with finely engraved pinstripes in polished gold. The eight-sided, cut-corner rectangular tops of the cufflinks add to the Art Deco appeal of the design. Finely crafted by Carrington & Company in 14kt gold, circa 1925.
Art Deco finely engraved cufflinks with oval centers surrounded by borders of stylized roses and geometric figures. On one side a small sparkling diamond is set in an octagonal setting. Fine milgraining - the delicate bead-like design along the edges - adds to the elegance of these cufflinks. Created in 14kt white gold, circa 1920.
Envy inducing green jades set in yellow gold. The translucence of the jade allows light to pass through these cufflinks in a manner reminiscent of sunlight passing through a stained-glass window. A classic design of foliage and scrolls decorates the outer edges of the bezel settings. These elegant cufflinks were created by Carrington and Co. in 14kt gold circa 1910.
Finely engraved cufflinks set with French-cut, bright man-made sapphires. These cufflinks are an elegant example of the richly detailed, jazzy cufflinks favored in the early years of the Art Deco period. The deep blue sapphires add an elegant touch of contrast to the intricate pizzazz of the engraved design. Created by Frank Krementz in 14kt white and yellow gold, circa 1920.
Bright blue sapphires set in a cascade of radiating scalloped circles. Around the finely engraved centers are Art Deco borders with alternating scroll and stylized "dragonfly" motifs. These elegant cufflinks were created by William Huger & Company in 14kt gold, circa 1925.
Sparkling blue sapphire surrounded by luxuriant golden garlands. The neoclassical-inspired centers are contrasted with white gold borders engraved with a repeated dart design. An elegant example of Art Deco eclecticism created by Ziething & Co. in 10kt gold circa 1925.
Finely engraved centers of intertwining circles and geometric motifs surrounded by dramatic black enamel borders. These mesmerizing cufflinks are an example of the early Art Deco fascination with rich, intricately decorated surfaces. Created by Kohn and Co. in 14kt gold, circa 1925.
An elegant, classic pearl and mother-of-pearl tuxedo set. The shimmering mother-of-pearl centers are framed with minimalist white gold borders polished to a bright finish. The pearls are set in small white gold cups with bead-like (millegrain) edges. Created by Carrington & Company in 14kt gold, circa 1930.
Flowing Art Nouveau curves surrounding sparkling blue sapphires and Old European-cut diamonds. These elegant cufflinks were created by Tiffany & Company in 18kt gold in the years around 1900. Tiffany & Co. was a significant influence in the development of the Art Nouveau style in North America.
In 1922 the owners of Chicago's leading newspaper, the Chicago Tribune, held an architectural competition soliciting designs for a new headquarters building. These beautifully crafted cufflinks celebrate the contest and what I believe is the original tower being replaced. An elegant piece of architectural history. Crafted in 14kt gold, circa 1922.
The sophistication of formal dress in the Jazz Age is reflected in this elegant dress set. The full set features polished onyx centers set with sparkling diamonds and framed by jazzy Art Deco scroll borders. Created by Wordley, Allsopp & Bliss in 14kt gold and platinum circa 1925.