1880s Antique Goldstone Cuff Links / Cufflinks Book Piece

$78.00

I found these antique cuff links in a small town while on vacation in the Midwest. I was delighted when I got home to find them on page 66 of Howard L. Bell, Jr.’s book, Cuff Jewelry: A Historical Account for Collectors and Antique Dealers, published in l993. He dates them to l881, notes they are gold filled, and at the time of publication two decades ago, placed their value at $75.00

Goldstone is a kind of glittering glass to which copper crystals have been added. It’s found in old jewelry, especially cuff links and stick pins. Folklore associates the characteristics of vitality and energy with this type of red goldstone and some believe it has the same healing properties associated with copper.

These antique cuff links are over 130 years old and for their age are in good to very good condition. As an antique, I have left them as found; they have not been cleaned or altered by me. One of the cufflinks has a little crimping on the back edge (see photo).

These l880s cufflinks are quite distinctive, sparkling, and wonderful, especially if you are a lover of antiques or interesting and unique old jewelry. From the way they’re crafted, it appears that the gold filled portion is on the cufflink’s face, giving it a button style; the back is finished with brass. They measure 5/8” in diameter. The pictures offer greater perspective on the antique condition and elegant nature of these charming cuff adornments.

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