Art Nouveau for the shirt

Cuff links with glass pastes & pearls in gold, around 1900

These cufflinks from the years before the turn of the last century are cute and playful. An oval decorative element is connected to the elongated toggle by a short chain. The front sides show floral motifs as they were especially popular in the epoch of art nouveau. Each is a small flower, whose blossoms are formed from shimmering natural pearls and a small red glass paste. The buttons are forged from 8 carat gold and shine in a warm yellow tone. It is very likely that the pair was made in the city of Pforzheim as typical manufactory work. The city at the foot of the Black Forest was the undisputed center of German jewelry making. Goldsmiths had been working in Pforzheim since the 16th century, and their traditions and expertise still form the basis of jewellery creation by local manufacturers today. The buttons are beautifully preserved and can still make a cute eye-catcher on a shirt today.

The years around 1900: luxury and pure joie de vivre had been elevated to the ideal of the first decades of the 20th century: The new forms of Art Nouveau enriched art and the decorative arts with decorative forms never seen before. In the Europe of these years, centres quickly emerged, each of which took a different approach to the expression of the new style. While in France the School of Nancy led the way and floral motifs were transformed into spectacular new art forms, in Vienna the Wiener Werkstätte emerged with a stricter conception of ornamentation and created total works of art that were to influence almost every area of human life, and thus almost every European centre found its very own expression of this always somewhat exciting style.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.