Reverse carved crystal was a technique created by cutting pieces of 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 image 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 gorgeous pair of reverse carved crystal cufflinks from the Edwardian (ca1910) era! Each 14k yellow gold piece adorns a 3D hand painted image of a dog and fox on each cufflink to depict a hunting scene within the rock crystal pieces.
The bezel set essex crystal cabochons rest in a rounded frame with a closed back stamped with "14k” along with other maker's marks. A simple chain link rests across the back of each pair of bezel-set crystals. A very unique and attractive pair of cufflinks, they would look wonderful worn by a man or woman!
Measurements: Each rock crystal cufflink face measures approximately 11/16" long, about 1/2" wide, and 1/4" thick. The connector chain on the back measure about 3/4" long.
Condition: The overall condition of the cufflink set is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the rock crystals or to the gold settings and the painted images remain in excellent condition.