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Elegant Citrine and Gold Dress Set

Sansbury & Nellis citrine dress set. (J9186)

Glowing Citrine

A beautifully designed and crafted dress set featuring citrine cabochons set in yellow gold bezels.  The warm honey-amber glow of the citrines plays beautifully against the golden halos of the settings.  This full dress set exudes the sophisticated elegance of the Art Deco era.  Created by Sansbury & Nellis in 14kt gold,  circa 1925.

Sansbury & Nellis citrine dress set. (J9186)

Complementing the cufflinks are four vest buttons (one pictured above) and three shirt studs (pictured below).  The vest buttons and shirt studs repeat the elegant design of the cufflinks with citrine cabochons framed by yellow gold. (Please excuse the shadowy reflections of my camera in the citrines.  In person, the citrines are beautifully reflective and a bright, even honey-amber color with a hint of orange.)

Sansbury & Nellis citrine dress set. (J9186)

The backs of the cufflinks, vest buttons and shirt studs are stamped with the maker's mark of Sansbury & Nellis ("S-N"). Following the maker's mark is "14K" for the purity of the gold.

Sansbury & Nellis was founded around 1900 and created fine gem-set cufflinks and dress sets during the early years of the 20th century.  The firm favored less common gemstones (like citrine, white coral and moss agate) and placed the unusual gems in elegant, understated settings.

Sansbury & Nellis citrine dress set. (J9186)

Name:  Glowing Citrine

Cost:  $1,875

Measurements:  This 14kt gold dress set features a pair of cufflinks, three (3) shirt studs and four (4) vest buttons.  The cufflinks weigh 8.7 grams in total and the round tops are  1/2" in diameter.  The tops of the shirts studs just over 1/4" in diameter and the vest buttons are 7/16".

Sansbury & Nellis citrine dress set. (J9186)

History of the Spool Cufflink

The decades around 1900 were a period of thoughtful 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 innovative design that was popular for a brief period in 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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