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Antique cufflinks with rubies & diamonds in gold, France circa 1900

The Belle Époque, the period between 1890 and 1914, produced a wide range of beautiful jewellery. A financially strengthened bourgeoisie had become a new class of buyers in the course of the 19th century, also for high-quality jewellery, and more jewellery was produced than ever before. This included not only contemporary brooches, bracelets and necklaces for ladies, but also men's jewellery such as tie pins and fancy rings, for example in the shape of snakes or set with engraved layer stones. The development of the modern, starched shirt cuff had also made cufflinks indispensable for the upscale citizen. A preference for simple elegance and modern forms influenced by Art Nouveau may have distinguished the first buyer of this pair of cufflinks. The fronts are designed as rounds, while the toggles have a simple torpedo shape. The fronts are each set with diamond roses and rubies, which become Art Nouveau ornaments with fine linerar hand engravings. The toggles each show an old-cut diamond in a star-shaped recessed setting. The pair bears French hallmarks and has been very well preserved. It is particularly nice that the additional fine gilding has survived over the solid, actually rose gold bodies. Thus, the buttons have a matte, velvety glow.

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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.