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Art Nouveau diamond and scroll cufflinks. (J9315)

Diamonds and Scrolls II

A bright, solitary diamond floats like an early morning star above a profusion of tight, feathery scrolls suggesting the passing wing of an exotic bird or, perhaps, the billowing surge of waves crashing into the shore.  Crafted in 14kt gold, circa 1900.

Art Nouveau diamond and scroll cufflinks. (J9315)

In the years around 1900,  jewelers were inspired by the Art Nouveau fashion to create cufflinks embellished with fantastic, sometimes almost surreal, plant-like and natural forms.  One of the proponents of the new style was Henry A. Kirby,  a Providence, Rhode Island jeweler whose imaginative floral- and natural-theme designs captivate one with a joyful, Dr. Seuss-like exuberance.  These cufflinks are a nice example of Kirby's work.

Art Nouveau diamond and scroll cufflinks. (J9315)

The cufflinks are beautifully constructed with stationary "bean backs" attached to the oval fronts with sturdy curved bridges.  The insides of the bean backs are stamped with the maker's mark (a small Maltese cross in a circular recess) of H.A. Kirby & Co and "14K" for the purity of the gold.

Name:  Diamonds and Scrolls II

Cost:  $675

Measurements:  These oval tops of these 14kt gold cufflinks measure  3/4" long by  7/16" wide.  They weigh a total of 4.8 grams.

References:  More about H.A. Kirby and the imaginative cufflinks he created can be found at H.A. Kirby and the Great Cufflink Caper.

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