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Tiger Eye and Gold Cufflinks

Sansbury & Nellis Tiger Eye cufflinks crafted in 14kt gold. (J9207)

Tiger Eye Spools

The warm earth tones of tiger eyes set in yellow gold.  The cabochon-cut tiger eyes have rich golden, honey color centers shading to darker earthy browns along the edges.  These cufflinks are striking against a white cuff and ideal for a darker suit or jacket.  Created by Sansbury & Nellis in 14kt gold, circa 1920.

Sansbury & Nellis Tiger Eye cufflinks crafted in 14kt gold. (J9207)

These cufflinks are a striking example of the "spool" design for cufflinks favored in the 1920s.  The two carnelian ends are set in sturdy gold 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 button hole.

Close-up of Stansbury & Nellis maker's mark. (J9207)

Sansbury & Nellis was a specialist in beautiful gemstones and created elegant cufflinks and stickpins to showcase them.  The firm was in operation during the early decades of the 20th century.  Sansbury & Nellis' maker's mark ("S-N") is visible on the inside of the cufflinks along with "14-K" for the purity of the gold.

Name:  Tiger Eye Spools

Cost: $785

Measurements:  These 14kt gold cufflinks weigh a total of  8.3 grams.  The tops are 1/2" in diameter and the length of the cufflinks is 7/8".

A Brief History of Spool Cufflinks

The decades around 1900 were a period of invention and innovation among makers of fine cufflinks.  The makers strove to create aesthetically pleasing cufflinks that could be easily placed on the cuff and would remain safely attached when worn.  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 nice balance of elegance, ease and security.

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