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.
This gorgeous vintage (ca1940s) reverse carved crystal cufflink and tie clip set are signed by Krementz! Each gold-filled piece adorns a matching hand-painted image on the back of a beautiful Essex crystal cabochon. The detailed equestrian motif depicts a beautiful horse's head shown in profile, including a rich brown coat, pointed ears, and attached reigns and bridle. The rock crystal cabochons rest above a beautiful mother of pearl background, which lends a shimmery, iridescent quality to the design. A polished bezel surrounds each crystal, containing it within a closed-back setting. Attached to the back are the hinged airplane cufflink backs and the tie bar. Both cufflinks are stamped "KREMENTZ PATENTED" on the back, while the tie bar is marked "KREMENTZ U.S.A." This fabulous men's set is perfect for the equestrian enthusiast, and would make a stylish addition to any vintage collection!
Measurements: The tie clip measures approximately 2 7/8" wide and a little more than 1/8" tall, and the crystal cabochon face measures approximately 5/8" in diameter and is about 1/4" thick. Each cufflink face measures approximately 5/8" in diameter and is about 1/4" thick. The post of each airplane back measures 3/4" long.
Condition: The overall condition of this set is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to gold-filled setting. The tie clip and the cufflink airplane links are secure and in good working condition. Two of the crystals cabochons display a very minor chip to the surface, which is hardly noticeable when worn.