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Vintage 18k Yellow Gold and Lapis Cufflinks

$2,250per set

About

A classic design, these double-sided cufflinks feature four cabochon-cut lapis ovals set in 18K yellow gold. These cufflinks were designed by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. However, some overly zealous cleaning buffed out the marks on the connectors, leaving only a faint shadow of those esteemed names remaining. We have adjusted the price accordingly; however, rest assured the cufflinks are identical in every other way to the Tiffany originals. The oval faces measure 16.4mm by 15.5mm; the backs measure 10.4mm by 8.5mm. Together the cufflinks weigh 15.2 grams. A rare opportunity to acquire these classic cufflinks for a very special price.

Details

  • Creator
  • Metal
    18k Gold,Yellow Gold
  • Stone
    Lapis Lazuli
  • Stone Cut
    Cabochon
  • Weight
    15.2 g
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Contemporary
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
    20th Century
  • Date of Manufacture
    Circa 1960s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. The cufflinks are in very good vintage condition, with no structural issues; however, the original marks for Schlumberger, Tiffany and 18K have been buffed out of the connectors. The price has been adjusted to reflect this.
  • Seller Location
    San Rafael, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1998211829712

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    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: San Rafael, CA
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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About the Designer

Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co.

Jewelry designer Jean Schlumberger (1907–87) once said that he strived to “make everything look as if it were growing, uneven, at random, organic, in motion.” His jewels interpreted the vitality of the natural world with lively designs that included a moonstone-topped jellyfish brooch with sapphire tentacles exuding a watery shimmer and a ring encrusted with a burst of diamonds that “bloomed” like a flower bud.A self-taught jeweler, Schlumberger’s mastery of color as well as his expertise as a draftsman brought his fantastic ideas to life. Born to a leading textile manufacturing family in Alsace, France, Schlumberger took to drawing as a child and showed promise as an artist, but his parents instead sent him to study banking in Berlin in the 1930s. Uninspired, he departed for Paris and began creating buttons for Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, who also commissioned him for costume jewelry.One of Schlumberger’s early pieces — a cigarette lighter in the form of a fish whose head opened to reveal the flame — demonstrated his skill for capturing the vivacity of nature in precious metal. The designer’s imaginative jewelry was in contrast to popular geometric lines of Art Deco, an independent vision he affirmed in the extravagant 1941 Trophée de Vaillance brooch created for fashion editor Diana Vreeland. An extravagant confection of diamonds, amethyst, rubies and gold, the brooch featured gemstones adorning an intricate intersection of tiny spears and a breastplate over a glittering shield.After serving in the French army and the Free French forces during World War II — and surviving the Battle of Dunkirk — Schlumberger left war-torn Europe for New York and in 1946 established a jewelry salon with Nicolas Bongard. There, his vibrant work caught the eye of Tiffany & Co. After joining the American luxury jewelry house in 1956, he soon had his own studio on the mezzanine of Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue store that he accessed by a private elevator. In his workshop, Schlumberger used a rainbow of gemstones, gold and diamonds to create some of the company’s most beguiling designs.From striking earrings shaped like soaring wings to diamond birds perched on glittering gemstones, each of Schlumberger’s Tiffany designs dazzled. His supporters included Bunny Mellon, whose love for horticulture inspired commissions such as the Jasmine necklace with diamond blossoms flowering from a garland of colored sapphires, and Jacqueline Kennedy, who wore his Croisillon bracelets so often they became known as “Jackie bracelets.” Schlumberger retired from Tiffany in the late 1970s, but decades after his designs were introduced many of his popular pieces remain in production.On 1stDibs, find an extraordinary range of vintage Jean Schlumberger jewelry designed for Tiffany & Co.
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