During the 19th century, the discoveries of ancient archaeological finds influenced and brought on what is referred to as "archaeological revival jewelry," or "Egyptian revival jewelry." The initial Egyptian Revival period flourished from the 1820s and was inspired by ancient Egyptian imagery, such as the scarab beetle, sphinxes, pharaohs, and hieroglyphics.
A wonderful and very unusual pair of Egyptian Revival cufflinks from the Edwardian (ca1910) era! These double-sided cufflinks are oval in shape and made of vibrant 18kt yellow gold. Each elongated cufflink face represents an individual Egyptian scarab beetle, which has carved gold detail and green enamel accents surrounding the body. One of the links is slightly larger than the other, but both have the same scarab design. At the top of the larger cufflink face is a sparkling diamond, which rests in between the beetle's pinchers. The rich, deep green color of the enamel looks marvelous paired with a bright yellow gold setting, and the diamonds are a perfect accent! Connecting the cufflinks together in the back is a strand of gold chain. A unique and stylish pair of cufflinks, they would look fabulous worn by a man or woman, and would compliment any collection!
Measurements: Each larger oval cufflink face measures 3/4" tall and 5/16" wide. The smaller cufflink face is 5/8" tall and 1/4" wide. The strand of chain connecting the cufflinks together measures approximately 1" long.
Condition: The overall condition of the cufflinks is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting, enamel detail, or to the diamonds, both of which are intact.