Circa 1650's to early 1700's Stuart crystal cufflinks. The metal is not hallmarked. It acid tests as sterling silver. The cufflinks are double headed with a figure eight connection. Each head measures 3/8" x 3/8" and features faceted flat topped rock crystal with pink foil and a thin gold wire cipher over a square of tightly woven hair. It is difficult to describe each head so I have taken a close up photo of each. Stuart crystals are called Stuart crystals because the very first Stuart crystals were produced in 1649 and featured the initials of King Charles in fine gold wire or ciphers to show support for the House of Stuart after the execution of the King. Royalists secretly wore this jewelry to show their allegiance to the crown and the House of Stuart.. Stuart crystals are considered to be the very first mourning jewelry. There is loss of pink foil in each cufflink, some more than others as shown.

ITEM ID
RL-a67
TYPE
Estate, Fine
COLOR
Colorless, Gold, Pink, Silver
STONE
Rock Crystal
ITEM SIZE
3/8"
ITEM TYPE
Antique
MATERIAL
Silver, Sterling Silver

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Stuart crystal cufflinks gold cipher pink foil rock crystal sterling silver

$1,925

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