Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tiffany Cameo Portrait Cuff Buttons

With the summer temperatures moderating and the usual mid-summer lull in the gallery, I am taking a brief break.  So, while I am off hiking in the mountains I will leave you with photos of one of the more interesting pairs of cuff buttons I have had the opportunity to work with this year.

This wonderful pair of Victorian cuff buttons features beautifully carved hardstone (sardonyx) cameos. The cuff buttons were custom created for a gentleman in the decades around 1870. The portrait cameos likely represent the wearer's daughters or wife and daughter. Although, several clients have suggested more risque interpretations.

The cuff buttons were created by Tiffany & Company. They rest in their original fitted case with a regal reddish-purple silk and velvet interior. The silk lining beneath the lid is signed "Tiffany & Co./New York" in gold letters. For me these beautiful cuff buttons embody the three elements that define all fine antique cufflinks - beauty, history and craftsmanship.

I hope everybody is enjoying a wonderful summer! I will be back next month to write about some mesmerizing cufflinks from Wordley, Allsopp & Bliss.

Please visit the Antique Cufflink Gallery to view these
and many other fine cufflinks for the past

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Recent Additions

Recent additions to the Antique Cufflink Gallery include an elegant Art Deco dress set in the all-white style of the 1930s and a hypnotic pair of Wordley, Allsopp & Bliss cufflinks.

L.E. Garrigus pearl and mother-of-pearl dress set. (J9061)

White on White  A marriage of mother-of-pearl, pearls and platinum give the geometric design of this Art Deco dress set a striking elegance.  Crafted in platinum and 14kt gold,  circa 1930.

Art Deco concentric circle cufflinks. (J8612)

Hypnotic Circles  Alternating zig-zag and pinstripe circles give these cufflinks a hypnotic bull's-eye affect.  A nice example of the optically intriguing cufflinks of the Art Deco era.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1930.

Recent additions to the Antique Stickpin Gallery include two wonderful stickpins created by Hans Brassler in the early 1900s.

Brassler Sapphire and Pearl stickpin. (J9092)

Sapphire and Pearl A rich blue sapphire and a luminous white pearl set in a free flowing Art Nouveau stickpin.  A wonderful example of the imaginative designs of the early 1900s.  Created by Hans Brassler in 14kt gold, circa 1910.

Brassler Citrine and Pearl stickpin. (J9113)

Brassler Citrine  An Art Nouveau stickpin created by Hans Brassler, a wonderfully imaginative jewelry designer of the early 1900s.  The flowing Art Noveau design is set with a smoldering orange citirne and a small white pearl.    Crafted in 14kt gold circa 1910.

The above cufflinks and other fine jewels from the past,
can be found in the Antique Cufflink Gallery
and the Estate Jewelry Gallery