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Carnelian and Gold Cufflinks

Art Deco carnelian spool cufflinks. (J9232)

Carter Carnelian


Smoldering red carnelians glow like embers set in yellow gold.  The sultry heat of the carnelians and the bright warmth of the gold create an elegant dance of light and color, substance and the ethereal.  These elegant cufflinks were created by Carter, Gough & Co. in 14kt gold, circa 1925.

Art Deco carnelian spool cufflinks. (J9232)

These cufflinks are an example of the "spool" design which was favored for a short period in the 1920s.  The two carnelian cabochons are set in sturdy bezels connected by a straight, rigid post.  The strength and rigidity of the design help assure that the cufflinks remain safely on the cuff when worn while also easing the passage of the cufflinks through a buttonhole.

Art Deco carnelian spool cufflinks. (J9232)

Carter, Gough & Co. was a maker of fine cufflinks, dress sets and stickpins during the early decades of the 20th century.  The maker's mark of the firm (a small arrowhead enclosing the letter "C") is stamped on the posts of the cufflinks along with "14K" for the purity of the gold.

Name:  Carter Carnelian

Cost: $775

Measurements:  These 14kt gold cufflinks are 13/16" in length and weigh a total of  8.0 grams.  The ends are 1/2" in diameter.

Art Deco carnelian spool cufflinks. (J9232)

A Brief History of Spool Cufflinks

The decades around 1900 were a period of invention and experimentation among the makers of fine cufflinks.  Cufflink makers strove to create aesthetically pleasing cuff jewels that could be easily placed on a cuff and would remain safely in place through the vicissitudes of daily wear.  The "spool" was an elegant design that briefly gained popularity during the early 20th century.  With its identical, usually gem-set ends connected by a rigid straight or curved post the design offered a elegant balance between security and ease.

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