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Elizabeth Locke Neoclassical Cufflinks in Hammered Gold with Carnelian

$2,150per set

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Beautiful, double-sided cufflinks in hammered 18K yellow gold with cabochon-cut carnelians by Elizabeth Locke. The circular faces measure 15.9mm in diameter; the backs measure 13.2mm in diameter. Each is inset with a richly colored carnelian cut en cabochon. Together the cufflinks weigh 13.8 grams. Both cufflinks are stamped with the Elizabeth Locke maker's mark and "18K." Elizabeth Locke is renowned for highly collectible, handmade jewelry influenced by the designs of ancient Etruscan, Greek and Roman cultures. Like all of her pieces, these cufflinks are beautifully proportioned and exceptionally well made. They are in excellent, pre-owned condition.

Details

  • Creator
  • Metal
    18k Gold,Yellow Gold
  • Stone
    Carnelian
  • Stone Cut
    Cabochon
  • Weight
    13.81 g
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Neoclassical
  • Place of Origin
    Thailand
  • Period
    21st Century
  • Date of Manufacture
    Circa 2000s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. The cufflinks are in excellent pre-owned condition.
  • Seller Location
    San Rafael, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1998211610072

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    Ships From: San Rafael, CA
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About the Designer

Elizabeth Locke

Venetian-glass intaglios, ancient Greek and Roman coins, antique porcelain buttons and other treasures that Elizabeth Locke collects from around the world all inspire and are incorporated into her earrings, necklaces and other handmade designs.

The Virginia-based jeweler began her journey as a collector after she’d already launched her namesake jewelry line, and her assemblage of micromosaics, which are essentially miniature plaques composed of enameled-glass tesserae, were the subject of the 2020–21 exhibition “A Return to the Grand Tour: Micromosaic Jewels from the Collection of Elizabeth Locke” at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

“They’re very hard to find, and you never know where you’ll see them,” Locke explains of micromosaics, the magnificent, miniature works for which she’s had to navigate lesser-known antique shops and auctions and build relationships with private dealers in Europe.

All of Locke’s imaginative jewelry pieces see an integration of rare and eclectic materials, the kind that might’ve been amassed during a 19th-century Grand Tour of Europe, when these coming-of-age journeys had long been popular (mostly for wealthy European men). Working in a neoclassical style, Locke references history with a modern approach for her moonstone earrings, gold-link bracelets, Venetian-glass pendants and other distinctive accessories. As she told W magazine, “Jewelry is designed for the era in which it is worn.”

In 1988, as an editor for Town & Country, Locke traveled to Bangkok to write about making jewelry. Unexpectedly, she found her niche. Upon her return home, Locke enrolled in the Gemological Institute of America and began sketching ideas. By 1990, her tourmaline ring — crafted with the goldsmiths she had met in Bangkok and who she would continue to collaborate with over the following decades — landed the cover of W.

Locke’s handmade, 19-karat-gold designs give one-of-a-kind antiquities new meaning in the 21st century. Not one to follow trends, Locke prefers designs that express a unique vision. “I know what I can do and I know what I feel comfortable doing, and I stick to it,” she has said.

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