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Onyx and Pearl Dress Set

Carrington onyx and pearl dress set. (J9454)

Carrington Onyx and Pearl

An elegant dress set in black and white with onyx centers surrounded by finely engraved platinum borders and set with small luminous pearls.  This dress set epitomizes the sophisticated elegance of the Art Deco era.  Created by Carrington & Company in platinum and 14kt gold,  circa 1925.

Carrington onyx and pearl dress set. (J9454)

The dress set consists of a pair of cufflinks, three shirt studs and four vest buttons.  The shirt studs and vest buttons (one of each pictured above) repeat the design of the cufflinks with onyx and pearl centers framed by finely engraved platinum borders.

Carrington onyx and pearl dress set. (J9454)

The reverse of the cufflinks, shirt studs and vest buttons are crafted in 14kt gold.  The maker's attention to detail can be seen in the smooth, rounded contours of the backs and the sturdy linkages that secure the cufflinks on the cuff.  The backs are polished to a bright finish.  (Please excuse the shadowy reflections of the camera.)

Carrington & Company maker's mark.

On the backs of the cufflinks and vest buttons the maker's mark of Carrington & Co. (an angular "C" enclosing "14") is stamped.  A similar Carrington mark "C14" is stamped on the stems of the shirt studs.  Each of the pieces is also stamped "GOLD&PLAT." for the purity of the precious metals.

Carrington onyx and pearl dress set. (J9454)

During the first half of the 20th century Carrington was one of the preeminent   makers of fine dress sets and cufflinks.  The firm was known for excellence in craftsmanship, use of fine materials, and exacting care in creating its elegant designs.  Carrington dress sets were retailed by Tiffany & Co. and other carriage-trade jewelers of the day.

Name:  Carrington Onyx and Pearl

Cost:  $2,575

Measurements:  The cufflinks and vest buttons are 9/16" in diameter.  The shirt studs are 5/16" in diameter and 1  1/8" long.  The cufflinks weigh a total of  8.3 grams.

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