For those of you veteran collectors, Stuart Crystals are the Holy Grail of antique jewelry collecting and are among the most sought after pre Georgian 17th century treasures.
During the late 1600's to early 1700's, faceted rock crystal with gold wire of initials (known as "ciphers"), a lock of hair, skulls, or sometimes more complicated designs were briefly in fashion. They were usually made into a slide, a pendant, a pair of cufflinks, or even shirt buttons!
In this wonderful example the hand cut rock crystals are in their original rubbed over silver setting, they have pink foil at the backs with tiny initials done in impossibly fine gold wire.
Both of the initial crystals are in very good condition except one has slightly tilted as you can see the ciphers crisp clear through the crystal. The pink foil does show some discoloring but nothing too bad. There are some minor wear to the surface of the crystal magnified by my photos, these are expected for their over 300 years of history, and the crystals are otherwise in good condition.
The silver (test) settings have this beautiful patina on them, and the two studs are connected by a silver figure "8" piece.
These crystals are quite large, each stud measures approx.1/2" by 1/2" or 13mm by 13mm, they are 3/8" or 9mm high. Collectively they weigh 5.4 grams.
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