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Gold Cufflinks Featuring Two Classical Revival Carnelian Seals - FJ.7250
Origin: Europe
Circa: 18 th Century AD to 19 th Century AD

Collection: Jewelry
Medium: Carnelian and Gold

$4,800.00
Location: United States
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These genuine antique Classical Revival carnelian seals have been set in a pair of modern 18 karat gold cufflinks.

The art of glyptics, or carving on colored precious stones, is probably one of the oldest known to humanity. Intaglios, gems with an incised design, were made as early as the fourth and third millennia B.C. in Mesopotamia and the Aegean Islands. The exhibit a virtuosity of execution that suggests an old and stable tradition rooted in the earliest centuries. The tools required for carving gems were simple: a wheel with a belt-drive and a set of drills. Abrasives were necessary since the minerals used were too hard for a metal edge. A special difficulty of engraving intaglios, aside from their miniature size, was that the master had to work with a mirror-image in mind. - (FJ.7250)

 

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