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18ct Gold & Labradorite Baby Turtles Coming out of Their Shells Cufflinks

58G
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A most unusual pair of cufflinks. The baby turtles are coming out of the 18ct gold shell. They are carved labradorite and their eyes are set with tiny, round onyx.

Labradorite is a member of the Feldspar family and is treasured for its remarkable play of colour, known as labradorescence. The stone, usually grey-green, dark grey, black or greyish-white, is composed in aggregate layers that refract light as iridescent flashes of peacock blue, gold, pale green, or coppery red. It was first discovered in Labrador, Canada, by Moravian missionaries in 1770 who named it for the area. It is, however, referenced in legends by older Inuit tribes.

These cufflinks are a clever example of the iridescent use of the stone when carved in to baby turtles.

Written by Olly Gerrish

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Date & Origin

Condition

Excellent

Provenance

English

Materials

Gold Labradorite

Hallmarks

750 (for 18ct gold) London assay mark

Measurements

Turtle in shell 1 in / 2.5 cm by ⅞ in / 2.3 cm

Item Number

58G

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