Saturday, March 15, 2008

Carrington Cufflinks - A Touch of Elegance

Carrington & Company Platinum Cufflinks
Crafted in platinum, circa 1920

Carrington & Company was one of the premier makers of cufflinks in America during the first half of the last century. Founded in 1900 the firm was renowned for creating elegant jewels and accessories for men and women. The firm was based in Newark, New Jersey and produced jewels and cufflinks for the finest jewelers and luxury retailers of the day, including Tiffany & Company. After surviving changing fashions, the Great Depression and two World Wars the firm discontinued operations in 1950.

I must admit to being an unabashed admirer of Carrington cufflinks and dress sets. Working in gold and platinum, the firm excelled at creating simple, balanced designs that were bold without being ostentatious. The cliche "understated elegance" is appropriately applied to Carrington cufflinks. Here are a few of my favorites.

There is something undeniably elegant about brilliant platinum, sparkling diamonds and black Onyx. These Carrington cufflinks feature eight-sided Onyx tops with diamond centers and ornately engraved platinum borders. Truly "Putting on the Ritz!" Crafted in platinum and 14kt gold, circa 1920.

Wonderful Art Deco cufflinks featuring Mother of Pearl centers surrounded by bright-cut platinum borders. The Mother of Pearl centers are beautifully engraved with fine wavy lines. Crafted in platinum and 14kt gold, circa 1930.

Bold Carrington cufflinks with alternating stripes of engraved gold and green enamel. These elegant cufflinks epitomize the classic geometry and primary colors of the Art Deco era. The pair was retailed by Tiffany & Company and is shown with its original box. Crafted in 14kt gold, circa 1935.

Gold Carrington cufflinks that are a nice example of the bolder, more robust Art Deco designs of the late 1930s and 1940s. The dramatic horizontal and vertical stripes are reminiscent of the Abstract Expressionist art of the 1950s. Crafted in 14kt gold, circa 1945.

For more Carrington and beautiful cufflinks by other makers,
please visit our Antique Cufflink Gallery.

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