As a cufflink collector for many decades, these very unique cufflinks led me on a quest to find out where, when, and why they were made as they are not signed. You wont find them pictured in any cufflink identification book and they were not made in the US. This design was most likely made in England or France in the late 1960s or early 1970s as dictated by all aspects of the style and design.
These large domed button shapes feature 8 point stars in glistening red enamel with faceted royal blue glass prong set cabs. The stars are arched and float on top of gold filigree rings. The gold filigree rings are set on thick gold metal circles with serrated rims.
Egyptians believed that it represented eight deities, four male gods and four female gods, known as the Ogdoad. However, a universal meaning of such stars is that they stand for life, from our birth to death and the wisdom we all possess, no matter how rich or poor we are. They also represent the eight planets in astrology or the eightfold path of Buddhism. In other traditions, the eight points represent the Eight Wisdoms of Buddhism, the Eight Auspicious Symbols of Hinduism, or the Noble Eightfold Path of Christianity.Venus (the Star of Ishtar) was symbolized by an eight-pointed star.
The cufflinks are made of bright yellow gold plated metal. The toggle mechanisms are assuredly from the late 1960s or early 1970s. The cufflinks are rather large presentations at 1 1/8" wide x 1/2" tall. This is slightly larger than a US quarter.
The pair is in pristine clean like new condition with no imperfections, wear, or flaws. The back of the settings have tiny specks or pits in the gold metal. This is not wear or scratches but how the metal was made.
Comes gift wrapped and shipped in a new luxury presentation box as pictured.