Men Are From Mars

Large vintage gold cufflinks with intaglios in carnelian, around 1950

Carnelian was already used as a gemstone in ancient times. This orange-colored variety of chalcedony was especially popular for rings and cameos with seals or incised depictions of scenes from the world of the gods. In ancient Egypt, carnelian was considered a "life stone" because of its color, reminiscent of blood, and therefore played a role in burial rituals. Numerous carnelians were also found in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. The elegant cameos in the center of these gold cufflinks are made of this very special stone. Shimmering in dark orange, the cameos each depict Mars, the god of war. On his head, the bearded god wears a helmet and thus refers to ancient models. A corded setting of 14-karat gold holds the stone cuts, and smaller counter buttons make the pair easy to put on. The pair bears a manufacturer's mark, "Bender", and was probably made in Germany in the years around 1950. The stone carvings were most likely cut in Idar-Oberstein, the centre of hardstone carving at that time.

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