Late Victorian Reverse Carved Rock Crystal Animal Cufflinks
Reverse carved crystal was a technique created by cutting a piece 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 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 used. Fox hunting was a culture full of tradition and ceremony. Adopted by the British Nobility as a sport, riding "hounds" became a sign of status and social standing. Hunting motifs became very popular and were often found displayed in jewelry!
A fabulous and unusual set of reverse carved crystal cufflinks from the late Victorian (ca1900) era! With a striking sportsman motif, these beautiful cufflinks are made of 18kt yellow gold, each depicting a wonderful, hand painted picture of a different type of animal. Each painting was done on the reverse carved crystal and has a mother of pearl background and all 4 images are bezel set and backed in gold. The exceptional images are highly detailed with textured fur, intricate facial features and the animals include a rabbit, fox, elk and antelope. The back of each piece as well as the connecting bars are marked "750" and "HP". These stunning cufflinks look wonderful on and would make a perfect addition to any collection!
Measurements: The rock quartz crystal's and gold frame on the cufflinks measure approximately 5/8" wide and is 1/4" thick; the connecting bar measures 5/8" long.
Condition: The overall condition of the cufflinks is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the crystals or to the gold settings.