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Antique gold-in-quartz cufflinks crafted in 14kt gold. (J8782)

Eureka!

The California Gold Rush of 1849 sparked an enthusiasm for gold-in-quartz jewelry  - jewelry featuring quartz shot through with sparkling veins of gold.  Enterprising jewelers and goldsmiths in San Francisco selected particularly beautiful specimens of gold-bearing quartz, sliced the white and gold gemstones into small slabs, and created striking brooches, rings, watch cases and cufflinks.


Antique gold-in-quartz cufflinks crafted in 14kt gold. (J8782)

This pair of Victorian cufflinks (or more properly cuff buttons) is a wonderful example.  Each cufflink features two rectangles of gold-bearing quartz set at an angle like the covers of an open book.  Bold golden domes engraved with radiating lines and repeated chevrons form the ends.  The cufflinks were crafted in 14kt gold, circa 1870.

Antique gold-in-quartz cufflinks crafted in 14kt gold. (J8782)

The reverse of the cufflinks are as carefully crafted as the fronts.  Gold backs protect the gold-in-quartz slabs and add strength to the design.  The cufflinks are attached to the cuff with fixed posts and button backs, a style common until the 1890s.  The surfaces are beautifully polished to a bright finish ( please excuse the dark reflections from the camera ).

Name:  Eureka!

Cost:  Although these elegant cufflinks have sold,  you will find many more elegant pairs in the Antique Cufflink Gallery.

Measurements:  These elegant 14kt gold cufflinks weigh a total of  10.5 grams.  The cufflinks are  1" long and  5/8" wide.  The button backs are 9/16" in diameter.

Here are a few more elegant cufflinks from the past ...

Art Deco sapphire cufflinks. (J9265)Art Deco pinstripe cufflinks. (J9270)Late Victorian dragon and turquoise cufflinks. (J9347)



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