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Platinum and Abalone Dress Set

Tiffany platinum and abalone dress set. (J9372)

Carrington Abalone and Platinum

Dark flashes of iridescent abalone play beautifully against the brilliance of platinum.  This elegant dress set weds minimalist design with exquisite materials and fine craftsmanship in the best late 1930s/1940s style.  Just right for adding a little pizzazz to your next black tie affair!  Created by Carrington & Co. in platinum and 14kt gold, circa 1935.

Tiffany platinum and abalone dress set. (J9372)

Complementing the cufflinks are three shirt studs with a smaller version of the abalone and platinum centers.  The studs are a little over 5/16" in diameter and just under 1 1/4" in length.  They employ a spring-loaded stem mechanism,  a design first introduced in the late 1890s.

Tiffany platinum and abalone dress set. (J9372)

The backs of the cufflinks and shirt studs are beautifully crafted in 14kt gold polished to a bright finish  (please excuse the reflections from the camera).  Note the sturdy cross bars and strong brackets that secure the cufflinks on the cuff.  Carrington employed the same level of care and uncompromising craftsmanship in creating the backs of its cufflinks and studs as it did on the fronts.

Close-up of Tiffany & Co. mark. (J9730)

On the reverse of the cufflinks the mark of Tiffany & Co. is stamped.  On the other side of the brackets "14K & PLAT" is stamped for the purity of the precious metals.  The elegance of the design,  fine materials and style of the cross bars indicate that this dress set was created for Tiffany by Carrington & Company.

Tiffany platinum and abalone dress set. (J9372)

During the first half of the 20th century Carrington & Company was one of the preeminent makers of fine dress sets and cufflinks.  The firm's gold and platinum cuff jewels were retailed at Tiffany & Company and other carriage trade jewelers of the day.

Name:  Carrington Abalone and Platinum

Cost:  $1,475

Measurements:  The platinum and 14kt gold cufflinks are 9/16" in diameter and weigh 7.6 grams in total.  The dimensions of the shirt studs are noted above.

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