Carnelian and Gold Cufflinks
| Sultry red carnelians with an ember-like glow
set in yellow gold. The bright warmth of the gold and
sultry heat of the carnelians create an elegant dance of light
and color. These elegant spool cufflinks were created by
Carter, Gough & Co. in 14kt gold, circa 1925.
These cufflinks are an example of the "spool" design that was favored for a short period 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.
Carter, Gough & Co. was a maker of fine gold cufflinks, dress sets and stickpins during the early decades of the 20th century. The maker's mark of the firm (a small arrowhead enclosing a letter "C") is stamped on the posts of the cufflinks along with "14K" for the purity of the gold.
Name: Carter Carnelian
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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