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Elegant Citrine and Gold Dress Set

Sansbury & Nellis citrine dress set. (J9186)

Citrine and Gold!

A beautifully crafted and designed dress set with citrine cabochons set in yellow gold.  The honey-amber color of the citrine (a variety of quartz) plays beautifully against the warm tones of the gold settings.  These jewels glow with the sophisticated elegance of the Art Deco era.  Created by Sansbury & Nellis in 14kt gold,  circa 1925.

Sansbury & Nellis citrine dress set. (J9186)

This elegant dress set features a pair of spool cufflinks, four vest buttons and three shirt studs.  The vest buttons (one pictured above) and shirt studs (pictured below) repeat the design of the cufflinks with citrine cabochons set in yellow gold. 

Please excuse the shadowy reflections of my camera in the gemstones.  In person, the citrines are beautifully reflective and a bright, even honey-amber color with a hint of orange.

Sansbury & Nellis citrine dress set. (J9186)

The backs of the cufflinks, vest buttons and shirt studs are stamped with the maker's mark of Sansbury & Nellis ("S-N"). Following the maker's mark is "14K" for the purity of the gold.

Sansbury & Nellis was founded around 1900 and created fine gem-set cufflinks and dress sets during the early years of the 20th century.  The firm often favored more unusual gemstones (such as citrine, white coral and moss agate),  placing the gemstones in elegant, beautifully crafted settings.

Sansbury & Nellis citrine dress set. (J9186)

Name:  Citrine and Gold

Cost:  $1,875

Measurements:  This 14kt gold dress set features a pair of cufflinks, three (3) shirt studs and four (4) vest buttons.  The cufflinks weigh 8.7 grams in total and the round tops are  1/2" in diameter.  The tops of the shirts studs just over 1/4" in diameter and the vest buttons are 7/16".

Sansbury & Nellis citrine dress set. (J9186)

History of the Spool Cufflink

The decades around 1900 were a period of invention and innovation among makers of fine cufflinks.  Cufflink makers strove to create not only aesthetically pleasing cufflinks,  but ones that could be easily placed on the cuff and would remain securely attached when being worn.  The "spool" was an innovative design that was popular for a brief period in the early 20th century.  With its identical, usually gem-set ends connected by a rigid straight or curved post it offered both elegance and security.

Here are a few more elegant dress sets and cufflinks from the past ...

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