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Engraved Onyx and Pearl Dress Set

Etched onyx and pearl dress set. (J9292)

Black Tie Elegance

Evening dress in the early 20th century set a high standard for sophistication and elegance.  This full dress set is a striking example.  Onyx centers are set with luminous pearls and framed by sculpted borders with milgrained edges.  The onyx centers are finely engraved with radiating designs and flowing Edwardian scrolls.   Created by Larter & Sons in 14kt yellow and white gold, circa 1925.

Etched onyx and pearl dress set. (J9292)

Complementing the cufflinks are three shirt studs and four vest buttons that repeat the engraved onyx and pearl design of the cufflinks.  The vest buttons (one shown above) are the same size as the cufflinks with just over 1/2" by 1/2" tops.  The shirt studs (pictured below) are 5/16" by 5/16" and 7/8" long.

Etched onyx and pearl dress set. (J9292)

This elegant dress set was created by Larter & Sons.  The venerable firm of jewelry makers was founded in 1865 and created fine dress sets and cufflinks during the late Victorian era and first half of the 20th century.  The firm's distinctive cuff jewels and accessories were offered by many of the finest retail jewelers of the day.

Etched onyx and pearl dress set. (J9292)

As with all important jewels, one should examine the backs of cufflinks as closely as the fronts.  The 14kt yellow gold backs of these cufflinks, shirt studs and vest buttons are finely crafted.  Note the maker's attention to detail in the soft rounded edges of the backs and the sturdy cross bars and strap brackets that hold the cufflinks on the cuff. 

Close-up of Larter & Sons maker's mark. (J9149)

The maker's mark of Larter & Sons (the profile of a shirt stud invented by the firm in 1898) is stamped on the cross bars.  Surrounding the maker's mark is "14K" for the purity of the gold.

Name:  Black Tie Elegance

Cost:  $2,175

Measurements:  This 14kt gold full dress set features a pair of cufflinks, three shirt studs and four vest buttons.  The cufflinks weigh a total of  7.0 grams and the tops measure just over  1/2" by  1/2".

Etched onyx and pearl dress set. (J9292)

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