Art Deco 14kt Reverse Carved Crystal Horse Cufflinks
Reverse carved crystal is a technique created by cutting rock quartz crystal into a convex form and then polishing it into a cabochon shape. An image is carved into the flat side of the crystal and then hand painted. From the front, the picture appears to be almost three-dimensional. Many different images were used in reverse carved crystal jewelry and artwork, but animals were some of the most common motifs.
A fabulous pair of reverse carved crystal cufflinks from the Art Deco (ca1930) era! Crafted in 14kt yellow gold, each double-sided cufflink features a hand-painted picture with an equestrian motif. The images are highly detailed, depicting a horse's head shown in profile. Each charming portrait is complete with a rich brown coat, pointed ears, and gold reigns and bridle. Below the rock quartz crystal cabochon is a Mother of Pearl background, which lends a shimmery iridescent quality to the appearance. Each cufflink is set in yellow gold and stamped "14K" on the reverse, where a bar link connects each side together. A fabulous pair of cufflinks, they are perfect for the equestrian enthusiast, and would look equally wonderful worn by a man or woman!
Measurements: Each round cufflink face has a 1/2" diameter and is approximately 3/16" thick. The space in between each cufflink measures 3/4" long.
Condition: The overall condition of the cufflinks is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or connecting bar links, which are secure. The carved rock quartz crystal links and Mother of Pearl backings are intact and free of any apparent damage.