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Art Deco carnelian spool cufflinks. (J9232)

Carter Carnelians

Sultry red carnelians glowing like dark embers set in gold. The bright warmth of the yellow gold and sultry luminescence of the carnelians create an elegant dance of light and color - an elegant example of the Art Deco love of bold colors and striking design. Created by Carter & Gough & Co. in 14kt gold, circa 1925.

Art Deco carnelian spool cufflinks. (J9232)

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.

Art Deco carnelian spool cufflinks. (J9232)

Carter, Gough & Co. was a maker of fine gold and platinum 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 Carnelians

Cost: $825

Measurements:  These 14kt gold cufflinks are 13/16" in length and weigh a total of  8.0 grams.  The ends are 1/2" in diameter.

Art Deco carnelian spool cufflinks. (J9232)

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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