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Compass Rose Cufflinks

Keller sapphire and diamond cufflinks. (J9230)

Sapphires and Diamonds

Bright sapphires and diamonds set in an intricate design reminiscent of a mariner's compass.  Rose garlands (a compass rose?) blossom between the cardinal points of the compass, while a dentil meander and concentric rings of finely engraved dots bring to mind the outer rings of a compass.  Ideal cufflinks for a mariner or anyone who wishes to keep a sense of direction.  Created by Charles Keller & Company in 14kt yellow and white gold,  circa 1925.

Compass rose sapphire and diamond cufflinks. (J9230)

The backs of the cufflinks are crafted in 14kt white gold polished to a mirror-like finish.   Sturdy cut-out cross bars (crafted in 14kt yellow gold) and capped brackets secure these cufflinks on the cuff.  (Please excuse the shadowy reflections of the camera in the image.)

Close-up of Charles Keller maker's mark (J9070)

The cross bars are stamped with the maker's mark of Charles Keller & Company (an elongated "C" surrounding "14" followed by "K").  Charles Keller was a maker of fine cufflinks from about 1885 to the early Art Deco period.  The backs of the cufflinks are also marked "14K WHITE". 

Keller sapphire and diamond cufflinks. (J9230)
Name:  Sapphires and Diamonds

Cost:  $785

Measurements:  These 14kt gold cufflinks weigh a total of 6.8 grams and measure  9/16" in diameter.

Sapphire and Diamond Cufflinks

Sometimes known as "Night and Day" cufflinks,  sapphire and diamond cufflinks are a reflection of the Victorian belief that diamonds should only be worn after dark.  A gentleman would wear these cufflinks with the sapphires facing outward during the day.  In the evening the cufflinks would be reversed to display the diamonds.

Here are a few more elegant cufflinks from the past ...

Art Deco sapphire cufflinks. (J9265) Late Victorian dragon and turquoise cufflinks. (J9347) Art Deco pinstripe cufflinks. (J9270)

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