Tiger Eye and Gold Cufflinks
Tiger Eye Spools
| Tiger eyes with rich golden, honey color
centers shading to darker earthy browns along the edges.
These elegant cufflinks are striking against a white cuff and
ideal for a darker suit or jacket. Created by Sansbury
& Nellis in 14kt gold, circa 1920.
These cufflinks are an elegant example of the "spool" design of cufflinks favored in the 1920s. The two tiger eye ends are set in sturdy gold bezels connected by a straight, rigid post. The rigidity of the design helps assure the cufflinks remain safely on the cuff when worn while also easing their passage through a buttonhole.
During the early decades of the 20th century, Sansbury & Nellis was a specialist in beautiful gemstones and created elegant cufflinks and stickpins showcasing the gems. The firm's mark ("S-N") is stamped on the inside of the cufflinks along with "14-K" for the purity of the gold.
Name: Tiger Eye Spools
A Brief History of Spool Cufflinks
The decades around 1900 were a period of invention and innovation for the makers of fine cufflinks. Cufflink makers strove to create elegant cuff jewels that could be easily passed through a buttonhole but would also 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 an elegant balance between securing the cufflinks and making it easy to put them on.
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