Seeing into the Future: 18th C. Rock Crystal Cufflinks
Rock crystal has been used for divination or scrying since ancient times when it was believed to focus and facilitate a meditative state. Perhaps you too can rely on these attributes when wearing these impressive double-sided cufflinks. Silky, smooth and cool to the touch, round hand cut and hand faceted chunks of clear and shimmering rock crystal have been set into pinched collet mounts of silver. Quite dazzling overall, they are not for the faint of heart. Three rows of single line engraving encircle each silver setting adding to the visual complexity of a very clean design. Each side of the links resembles a small button replete with attachment bale. The original and ingeniously designed open work plaque takes on the function as the connector “bar” for each solidly constructed bracket or bale.
Measures ½ of an inch in diameter (1.2 cm) for each crystal and silver pinched collet mount. In very good condition; light wear commensurate with age; several small indentations on back of one of the silver settings that is not noticeable when cufflinks are worn. One crystal a bit more muted than the others. Most likely English in origin; circa 1770 -1780. Clearer vision for either a woman or man.