This is a wonderful 18ct yellow gold dress set from the Art Nouveau period. Each of the shirt studs and cufflink is set with a rich blue pyramidal cabochon sapphire. The sapphires are perfectly matched and the set would have been expertly handcrafted in the 1890s.
The cufflinks are signed and ‘Contreau’ and the set sits in its original fitted box. Joaillerie Bijouterie Contrea was a jeweller in the notorious Rue De La Paix, street in Paris. At this point, Paris was at the forefront of beautiful Art Nouveau design and some of the most luxurious jewellers in the world were at home on this street. 13 Rue de la Paix, is viewed as the ancestral home of the world-renowned jewellery brand, Cartier.
Condition: Used (Very Good) Weight: 15.2 grams Cufflink Face Dimensions: 14.5mm x 14.5mm Shirt Stud Face Dimensions: 11.5mm x 11.5mm Sapphires: 2 (3.5mm), 3 (3mm) Marked: ‘Contreau’ and French eagles head 18ct mark and serial numbers Period: Circa. 1890s Box: Vintage Contreau Fitted Box