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Elegant Gold & Enamel Cufflinks, Great Britain circa 1920

At the turn of the century, 19th-century historicism had still explored the last historical stylistic form and brought it to life anew. Neo-Gothic churches, Neo-Renaissance palaces and Neo-Baroque cathedrals can still be seen today in all the old towns of Europe and the USA, salons in the Neo-Rococo and even the Neo-Egyptian style had long since been created. With the passage of time, a certain fatigue now set in. Art Nouveau had already searched for new forms, but had remained just as caught up in rich decoration. In the first years of the new century, the avant-garde of artists, designers and architects now tried to dispense even more extensively with decoration and historical forms. Peter Behrens, for example, developed a clear, archaic-classical style in architecture in Germany, in which he built impressive villas and also embassy buildings. The vague point of reference was Greek architecture, which was respected for its simplicity and monumentality. Similar examples can be found in the rest of Europe and also in the USA. The magnificent cufflinks presented here are in this formal language. The buttons consist of four ovals of the same shape. Their surface is decorated in the middle with decorative wave patterns. An elegant abstract pattern of white enamel is the only colour accent applied to the warmly shining gold around the edges. The cufflinks, which have been preserved in an antique box by the jeweller K. Dotter of Bromley in Kent, are in first class condition and ready to wear.

As early as the 16th century, the forerunners of today's shirts were created, whose sleeves could be tied together with a silk ribbon. The emphasis of this fashion was still on the greatest possible magnificence. Much fabric, even lace was used to protrude from the sleeve at the wrist in great quantity. But as the generations passed, the shape became more and more like our modern shirt. Silk cuff bands remained popular until the 19th century. From the time of Louis XIV, however, the cuff was increasingly closed with so-called boutons de manchette, or cufflinks. Typically, these were pairs of colored glass buttons connected by a short chain. In the course of the 18th century, these glass buttons were then replaced by elaborately painted pieces or pairs set with precious stones. At this time, cufflinks were widespread as distinct luxury items mainly in aristocratic circles. In the first half of the 20th century, cufflinks then also reached the peak of their popularity in the middle classes. Today, cufflinks are one of the few pieces of jewellery that can adorn gentlemen. You too can make a fashion statement on your sleeves - a dignified pair of cufflinks made of noble material is so much more stylish than plain plastic shirt buttons!

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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.