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Betony Vernon "Boy Cufflinks" Cufflinks Sterling Silver 925 in Stock

$1,397.23

About

The "Boy Cufflinks" were designed by Betony Vernon in 1998 and manufactured in lost wax elements. Part of the iconic "Tokens of Paradise Collection", it is a symbol of virility and sensual vitality made for both men and women. Bold and humorous, the cufflinks don’t reveal their symbolic nature at first glance – while they own it like no others. This unique design symbolizes a pro pleasure lifestyle and a celebration of abundance. Intended as a talisman, the "Boy Cufflinks" is thought as a powerful fertility symbol and a protective shield. How to Adorn: The cufflinks can be worn by themselves on any kind of shirt. See the "Boy Bracelet", and "Boy Pendant" for a total look, or any other jewel from the "Tokens of Paradise Collection". Material: Sterling Silver 925 Hall marks: BV-925 Handcrafted in Italy, all BV materials are cruelty free.

Details

  • Creator
  • Metal
    Sterling Silver
  • Weight
    20 g
  • Style
    Contemporary
  • Place of Origin
    Italy
  • Period
    1990-1999
  • Date of Manufacture
    2018
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Paris, FR
  • Reference Number
    Seller: G281stDibs: LU2020213727182

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  • Shipping
    $55 Standard Parcel Shipping
    to United States 0, arrives in 8-10 days, excluding production time.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Customs Duties & Taxes May Apply.
    Ships From: Civitella Val di Chiana, Italy
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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About the Designer

Betony Vernon

The paradigm shift took place over lunch in Florence, Italy, circa 1992. Betony Vernon, a striking flame-haired jewelry designer, was showing off her most recent creation: the 18-karat-gold O-ring, designed with a nod to a bondage collar, with a smaller ring affixed to its front.

Playfully, Vernon's partner put his pinky through the smaller ring as she donned the larger one. Then, the unexpected happened. “There was an electric impulse running through this piece,” she recalls. “We both felt it.” The feeling changed her life. “That was the moment I knew that jewelry can provide sensation and reinforce an intimate bond.”

Enabling others to experience electric moments like that — to “bring luxury, fantasy and sensual possibilities to the fine-jewelry world” — has been Vernon's aim ever since. “Sex and luxury were never associated,” she noticed, and the jewelry designer set out to change that. The result was her 1992 Sado-Chic collection, which became the Paradise Found collection.

Vernon grew up in Virginia and studied art history, religion and goldsmithing at Virginia Commonwealth University. Following her graduation in 1990, she moved to Florence, later earning a master’s in industrial design from the Domus Academy in Milan. Europe has been home ever since.

Vernon's designs are provocative, sexy. But if you look no further than that, you’re missing a much bigger (and more interesting) point. Vernon’s rings, necklaces, bracelets and other accessories represent a vital part of what she sees as her life’s mission.

“Pleasure,” she explains, “has been associated with sin, wrongness and naughtiness, not with joy, happiness and bonding.” Vernon has set out to demolish that “pleasure taboo.”

So, how is pleasure reflected in the design of Vernon's jewelry (and remember, we are talking sensuality not sexuality)? Early in the design process, she asks, “How many senses can I turn on?” Every detail relates to a sensual experience.

That crisp snap a clasp makes when opening or closing? A pleasure to the ear.

The softness and spring of noble metals, silver and gold? A pleasure to the touch.

And always, Vernon believes, jewelry embodies memory, legacy. A pleasure for the soul.

Find a collection of Betony Vernon jewelry on 1stDibs.

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