Graphic art nouveau

Modernist antique cufflinks with sapphires & diamonds, c. 1910

Representatives of graphic Art Nouveau are the present cufflinks, created in the years around 1910. Shortly after the turn of the century, a new era seemed to have dawned, people were aware of that. The curved, soft forms of the previous period were therefore quickly passé; they no longer seemed appropriate for this new, modern era, which was seen as much more represented by graphic coolness and abstraction. Thus, the ornamental arrangement of the gemstones on these cufflinks is also based on very similar floral motifs that had already been worn at the beginning of the 20th century, but it transposes their softness into an expressive, angular formal language, as can also be observed in the architecture and fine arts of the time. An oval-cut, dark blue sapphire and three diamond roses are embedded as a simple line on each of the display sides. The form is vaguely reminiscent of a plant motif, yet it is abstract and non-representational. The design of the fronts as an elongated rhombus also corresponds to this formal language. Slender, torpedo-shaped toggles complete the pair. Typical of the time, the cufflinks were made in a reddish gold alloy, originally finely gilded. The pair is very nicely preserved and can be worn immediately.

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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.