Exotic Art Nouveau Cufflinks
Diamonds and Scrolls
| A bright diamond shines like an early morning
star above a tangle of flowing scrolls suggestive of the
billowing surge of waves crashing against the shore or, perhaps,
the feathery wing of an exotic bird in flight. Created by
H.A. Kirby in 14kt gold, circa 1900.
In the years around 1900, jewelers were inspired by the Art Nouveau style to create cufflinks embellished with fantastic, often surreal, plant-like and organic designs. One jeweler working in the new style was Henry A. Kirby of Providence, Rhode Island whose imaginative cufflinks express a joyful, Dr. Seuss-like exuberance. This pair is a nice example of Kirby's elegant designs.
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 of H.A. Kirby & Co (a small Maltese cross in a circular recess) and "14K" for the purity of the gold.
Name: Diamonds and Scrolls
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