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Engraved Mother-of-Pearl Dress Set

Carrington engraved mother-of-pearl dress set. (J9121)

Carrington Stars

Carrington & Company created some of the finest dress sets of the Art Deco era.  Among the firm's elegant creations were dress sets with beautifully engraved mother-of pearl centers.  This stellar example features shimmering, radiant stars surrounded by jazzy platinum borders.  A wonderful example of exuberant Jazz Age design.  Crafted in platinum and 14kt gold,  circa 1930.

Carrington engraved mother-of-pearl dress set. (J9121)

Complementing the cufflinks are three shirt studs and four vest buttons.  The shirt studs and vest buttons repeat the jazzy design of the cufflinks.  The vest buttons (one pictured above) are the same size as the cufflinks,  9/16" in diameter.  The shirt studs (pictured below) are just over 5/16" in diameter and 1" long.

Carrington engraved mother-of-pearl dress set. (J9121)

Carrington & Company was a maker of fine cufflinks and dress sets during the first half of the 20th century.  The firm's gold and platinum jewels were often retailed by Tiffany & Company (as was this dress set) and other carriage trade jewelers of the day.  Carrington cufflinks and dress sets were known for elegant design, exquisite materials and impeccable craftsmanship.

Carrington engraved mother-of-pearl dress set. (J9121)

The reverse of the cufflinks, shirt studs and vest buttons are as beautifully crafted as the fronts. The backs are crafted in 14kt yellow gold and polished to a bright finish.  (Please excuse the reflections from my camera.)  Sturdy brackets and cross bars secure the links on the cuff.

Carrington & Company maker's mark.

The maker's mark for Carrington & Company, a "C" surrounding "14",
is visible on the backs.  The reverse of the cufflinks and vest buttons
are also marked "GOLD&PLAT" for the precious metals.

Name:  Carrington Stars

Cost:  Although this dress set has sold,  you will find many more elegant sets in the Tuxedo and Dress Set Gallery.

Measurements:  The cufflinks weigh a total of  7.7 grams and measure  9/16" in diameter.  The measurements of the shirts studs and vest buttons are noted above.

Carrington engraved mother-of-pearl dress set. (J9121)

This dress set was purchased at Tiffany & Company during the 1920s or 30s.  The set comes with its original period case covered in green leather and lined with white silk.  The inside of the lid is signed "Tiffany & Co./New York/Paris London" and the underside of the case is blind stamped "Tiffany&Co." just beneath the clasp.  Carrington & Company was a significant supplier of cufflinks and dress sets to Tiffany's and other fine jewelers in the early part of the last century.

Here are a few more elegant dress sets and cufflinks from the past ...

Art Deco onyx and diamond dress set. (DS9557) Carrington white tie dress set. (J9419) Larter onyx dress set. (J9149)

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