Elegant Citrine and Gold Dress Set
|Honey-amber citrine cabochons play beautifully
against yellow gold settings. Citrine is a golden variety of
quartz prized for its warm colors and alluring, mysterious
glow. It is the gemological cousin of the better-known
varieties of quartz, amethyst and rock crystal. This
elegant dress set was created by Sansbury & Nellis in 14kt
gold circa 1920.
Complementing the cufflinks are four vest buttons (one pictured above) and three shirt studs (pictured below). The vest buttons and shirt studs repeat the elegant design of the cufflinks with honey-amber citrines set in yellow gold. (Please excuse the shadowy reflections of the camera in the gemstones.)
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 jewelry during the early decades of the 20th century. The firm championed lesser known gemstones (such as citrine, white coral and moss agate) which they set in finely crafted cufflinks, dress sets and stickpins.
Name: Golden Citrine
A Brief History of Spool Cufflinks
The decades around 1900 were a period of innovation and invention among makers of fine cufflinks. Cufflink makers strove to create aesthetically pleasing cufflinks that could be easily placed on the cuff and would remain safely attached when being 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 post the design offered a nice balance of elegance, ease and security.
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