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Engraved Onyx and Pearl Dress Set

Etched onyx and pearl dress set. (J9292)

Edwardian Elegance

The black tie dress and accessories of the 1920s were unexcelled in sophistication and elegance.  This full dress set is an elegant study in black and white.  The dark onyx tops of are beautifully engraved with Edwardian scrolls and set with bright, luminous pearls while white gold borders with milgrained edges frame the striking centers.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1925.

Etched onyx and pearl dress set. (J9292)

Complementing the pair of cufflinks are four matching vest buttons and three matching shirt studs (3) that repeat the engraved onyx and pearl design of the cufflinks.  The vest buttons (one pictured above) are the same size as the cufflinks with just over 1/2" by 1/2" tops.  The shirt studs (pictured below) are 5/16" by 5/16" and 7/8" long.

Etched onyx and pearl dress set. (J9292)

This elegant dress set was created by Larter & Sons.  The firm of esteemed jewelry makers was founded in 1865 and created fine dress sets and cufflinks during the late Victorian era and first half of the 20th century.  The firm's distinctive cuff jewels and accessories were offered by many of the finest retail jewelers of the day.

Etched onyx and pearl dress set. (J9292)

As with all important jewels, one should examine the backs as closely as the fronts.  The 14kt yellow gold backs of these cufflinks, shirt studs and vest buttons are as finely crafted as the fronts.  Note the maker's attention to detail in the soft rounding of the edges and the sturdy cross bars and strap brackets that secure the cufflinks on the cuff.

Close-up of Larter & Sons maker's mark. (J9149)

The maker's mark of Larter & Sons (the profile of a shirt stud invented by the firm in 1898) is stamped on the cross bars.  Surrounding the maker's mark is "14K" for the purity of the gold.

Name:  Edwardian Elegance

Cost:  $2,175

Measurements:  This 14kt gold full dress set features a pair of cufflinks, three shirt studs and four vest buttons.  The cufflinks weigh a total of  7.0 grams and the tops measure just over  1/2" by  1/2".

Etched onyx and pearl dress set. (J9292)

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