Essex crystal jewellery is truly amazing and was popular in the Victorian period of the 1800's and right through to the Art Deco period of the 1920's and 30's.
Also called "reverse intaglios", they were created by carving a detailed image into rock crystal, then hand painting it after, to create some truly amazing pieces of jewellery such as these wonderful cufflinks here.
Made in the 1880's in 9 carat rose gold, each cufflink has two pieces of Essex crystal showing a gorgeous poodle, complete with a sweet blue ribbon. The detail in all of them is just incredible, and the closer you look at each, it will be so hard not to fall in love with them. From their eyes, to their soft fluffy ears, there is so much life in all of them that there is no doubt that these were carved by a true artisan in a bygone era.
Measuring 12.7mm in diameter, these antique Essex crystal cufflinks are as amazing today as when they were made well over a century ago.