Sunday, May 15, 2011

Recent Additions

The past month has been busy. I have been working with several cufflink collectors off-line and adding a collection of brooches to the Estate Jewelry Gallery. Recent additions to the Antique Cufflink Gallery include a striking pair of Art Nouveau sunflowers crafted by the unidentified "Maltese Cross" maker and an equally dramatic pair of black-and-white cufflinks from the 1930s.

Art Nouveau sunflower cufflinks. (J8148)

Sunflowers Exuberant sunflowers and a tangle of whiplash vines grace these Art Nouveau cufflinks. The dramatic sunflowers and vines are beautifully sculpted in 14kt gold, circa 1900.

Dramatic Art Deco black enamel cufflinks. (J9054)

Black and White  Dramatic Art Deco cufflinks with striking black enamel borders and linearly engraved white gold centers.  Created by Enos Richardson & Co. in 14kt gold,  circa 1930.

The fine cufflink makers often featured in these pages created a variety elegant jewels. Below is a trilogy of brooches created by Krementz & Co., Whiteside & Blank and Bippart, Griscom & Osborn in the years around 1900. The same care these jewelers brought to the design and crafting of cufflinks is also seen in these beautiful brooches.

Krementz Art Nouveau amethyst and pearl brooch. (J9052)

Amethyst and Pearls A striking Art Nouveau brooch with pastel enamel leaves, pearl clusters and a small diamond surrounding a regal amethyst. Created by Krementz & Company in 14kt gold, circa 1900.

Art Nouveau amethyst and pearl brooch. (J9051)

Art Nouveau A beautiful Art Nouveau brooch of intertwined ginkgo leaves surrounding a lavender pastel Amethyst. Created by Whiteside & Blank in 14kt gold, circa 1900.

Victorian enamel four-leaf clover brooch with pearls. (J9050)

Clover and Pearls A beautifully enameled Victorian lucky clover brooch. The edges of the petals and stem are gold and set with small graduated pearls. Created by Bippart, Griscom & Osborn in 14kt gold, circa 1900.

Additional photos of these and other fine antique cufflinks and jewels, can be found in the Antique Cufflink Gallery
and Estate Jewelry Gallery.

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