Friday, September 26, 2008

Antique Onyx Cufflinks

Over the past several months, I have written about antique cufflinks set with shimmering Moonstones, mesmerizing Moss Agates and iridescent Mother of Pearl. Another beautiful gemstone that is elegant on the cuff is Black Onyx.

Carter, Howe Onyx and Gold cufflinks, circa 1890.

During the Victorian era the midnight shades of Black Onyx were most often associated with mourning jewelry and the rituals of bereavement. Towards the end of the era the inky darkness of the gemstone began to shed its more sombre connotations. By the early 1900s, elegant cufflinks and shirt studs crafted in gold and Black Onyx had become de rigueur for black tie affairs.

Onyx, Diamond and Platinum Cufflinks.

Sparkling with diamonds and platinum, these elegant Carrington cufflinks reflect the light, airy jewelry designs of the early 1900s. They feature eight-sided Onyx tops centered with small collet-set diamonds. The platinum borders are richly engraved for an added touch of elegance. Crafted in platinum and 14kt gold, they speak to the undeniable elegance of Black Onyx and diamonds.

Garrigus Onyx and Pearl Cufflinks, circa 1930.

During the Art Deco era (circa 1920 - 1940) Black Onyx remained a favorite with jewelry designers. The dark black of the Onyx beautifully contrasted with the glowing brilliance of platinum and pearls. And the easily fashioned gemstone was ideal for the bold, geometric designs of the period.

Pictured above is beautiful cufflink created by L.E. Garrigus & Company. Garrigus was a maker of fine gold and platinum cufflinks and jewels during the first half of the last century. Their cufflinks were sold by Tiffany & Company and other fine jewelry retailers.

L.E. Garrigus Onyx, Pearl and Platinum Dress Set, circa 1930.

The Garrigus cufflinks are part of an elegant dress set with a pair of cufflinks, 3 shirt studs and 4 vest buttons. The set nicely illustrates the 1920s catch phrase "Putting on the Ritz!"

To view more antique cufflinks set with beautiful gemstones,
please the Antique Cufflink Gallery.

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