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Onyx and Pearl Dress Set

Etched onyx and pearl dress set. (J9292)

Elegant Onyx!

An elegant onyx dress set with beautifully engraved Edwardian scrolls framing luminous pearls.  Art Deco white gold borders with bead-like milgrained edges contrast with the dark onyx centers.  There is nothing quite like the sophisticated elegance of black tie attire in the Jazz Age!  Created by Larter & Sons in 14kt gold,  circa 1925.

Etched onyx and pearl dress set. (J9292)

Complementing the cufflinks are four vest buttons and three shirt studs that match the engraved onyx and pearl design of the cufflinks.  The vest buttons (one pictured above) are the same size as the cufflinks, just over  1/2" by  1/2".  The shirt studs (pictured below) are 5/16" by 5/16" and 7/8" long.

Etched onyx and pearl dress set. (J9292)

Larter & Sons created fine dress sets and cufflinks during the late Victorian era and first half of the 20th century.  Founded in 1865, Larter had offices in New York City and created its jewelry across the Hudson River in New Jersey.  The firm's distinctive cuff jewels were offered by many of the finest retail jewelers of the day.

Etched onyx and pearl dress set. (J9292)

As with all important jewels, one should examine the backs as closely as the fronts.  The backs of these cufflinks, shirt studs and vest buttons are finely crafted in 14kt yellow gold.  Note the maker's attention to detail in the soft rounding of the edges and the sturdy strap brackets and strong cross bars that secure these cufflinks on the cuff.

Close-up of Larter & Sons maker's mark. (J9149)

The maker's mark of Larter & Sons (the profile of a shirt stud invented by the firm in 1898) is stamped on the cross bars.  Surrounding the maker's mark is "14K" for the purity of the gold.

Name:  Elegant Onyx

Cost:  $1,825

Measurements:  This 14kt gold full dress set features a pair of cufflinks, three shirt studs and four vest buttons.  The cufflinks weighs a total of  7.0 grams and the tops measure just over  1/2" by  1/2".

Etched onyx and pearl dress set. (J9292)

Here are a few more elegant dress sets and cufflinks from the past ...

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