Carnelian and Gold Cufflinks
| Glowing ember red carnelians set in yellow
gold. The brightness of the gold and sultry luminescence
of the carnelians create a dance of light and color, a striking
example of the Art Deco aesthetic. Created by Carter &
Gough in 14kt gold, circa 1920.
The decades around 1900 were an Age of Invention with regard to cufflink design. Cufflink makers strove to create cufflinks that were both easy to put on the cuff and would securely remain there once attached. This striking pair of carnelian cufflinks by Carter & Gough is an example of the "spool" design (identical ends connected with a straight or curved post) which was favored in the 1920s.
Carter, Gough & Company was a maker of fine gold and platinum cufflinks, dress sets, stickpins and other jewels during the early decades of the last century. The maker's mark of the firm - a small arrowhead surrounding the letter "C" - is stamped on the posts of the cufflinks. To the left of the maker's mark is "14K" for the purity of the gold.
Name: Carter Carnelians
A Brief History of Spool Cufflinks
The decades around 1900 were a period of fervent innovation 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 straight or curved post the design offered a nice balance of elegance, ease and security.
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