Cartier Mirage G8 cufflinks. A pair of yellow gold cufflinks, composed of a circular plaque with textured finish featuring an intricately raised plane motif on each alongside the inscription 'G 8', with smooth polished borders, fitted to the reverse with a secure push button closure mechanism, approximately 2cm in diameter and 24.3g in weight. Marked 18ct yellow gold, signed 'Cartier', French, circa 1968, accompanied by a fitted box.
The Mirage G8-01 and G8-02 were French prototype fighter jets built by Dassault Aviation. The G8-01 was a two seater aircraft, undertaking its first flight on 8th May 1971, the G8-02 was a single seater aircraft, making its first flight on 13th July 1972. Although Dassault built and flew protoptypes, the programme was terminated in the 1970s without the aircraft entering production.
The origin of cufflinks can be traced back to the early 18th century when crystal buttons were joined to bind together a shirt cuff. Smooth oval disks perhaps engraved with an elegant design or simply set with agate plaques were favoured.
It wasn’t until the late Victorian and early Edwardian periods that novelty cufflinks flourished. Often themed around popular hobbies, designs appeared with enamelled details depicting game birds, diamond set foxes and fish.
As the 20th century dawned and the use of platinum became more common place, cufflinks became even more eye catching. Craftsmen revelled in the endless possibilities of designs now open to them with the advent of this new metal. Gemstones featured heavily sometimes resulting in the entire face of the cufflink being set with faceted stones in intricate patterns.
The Art Deco period saw materials such as mother of pearl or onyx used in combination with diamonds creating stark, geometric designs which reflected the new age of design.
Many of the large jewellery houses expanded on this theme to create entire dress sets which gentlemen could use to adorn their formal attire. These sets often include buttons and collar studs as well as matching cufflinks all beautifully presented in a fitted case.
Buttons were a favourite type of adornment since the 17th century. Sold in sets of six or a dozen, they were used to hold articles of clothing together. Buttons had a resurgence in the 1920s and 1930s as dress sets became necessary for any well attired gentlemen.
At Berganza we are lucky to have many beautiful pairs of cufflinks and dress sets available and what better way to complete your dinner apparel than with an antique or vintage dress set?