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14 ct Gold Cufflinks

Hand Crafted Square 14ct Busman Art Cuff Links
Hand Crafted Square 14ct Busman Art Cuff Links
Item# MIXO36
$206.00

Product Description

Hand Crafted Square 14ct Busman Art Cuff Links

Cufflink Size:
Width: 1/2 inch across
Length: 1/2 inch in thickness
Weight: 10.20 grams



Hand Crafted in South Africa

These unique cuff links were hand made in Johannesburg by a jeweler who grew up in Soweto, after studying the art of jewelry making he then decided to combine the modern mediums with ancient African mediums; the result is a unique and beautiful piece of jewelry.

These cuff links are hand made out of 14ct gold with Bushman San or Cave art engraved into the front of the cuff links.

About the Bushmen

When 4000 years ago nomads came into contact with the much longer established hunter-gatherers of Southern Africa, they called them San meaning food gatherers. In the 17th century the Dutch colonized the Cape of Good Hope and called the hunter-gatherers of the plains “Boschjemannen” which translates to Bushmen. Bushmen are the longest surviving tribe of Southern Africa they are descendents of the Stone Age people.

About Rock Art

The Europeans who first saw the Rock Art were fascinated but dismissive of their importance. Now days the true value and meaning of their art is being deciphered and appreciated., their art not only shows actual events that happened but are messages full of intricate and complex nuances in the symbols, metaphors and religious meaning

About Cufflinks.

Dating back to the seventeenth century, cufflinks came about when men wanted something more elaborate to hold their cuffs together than ribbons or ties. Men began using small chains that were fastened to the end of a gold or silver button and fed through the holes of the cuff to keep them together, and thus the first cufflinks came into being.

Over time, the cuff link evoloved and became a more sophisticated part of a man’s wardrobe, especially for tuxedo usage and formal attire. With the varying types of stones, precious metals, fabrics, and design, the cuff link became the new well-dressed man’s staple.

With the onset of the Industrial Revolution, and the speed with which items were manufactured, this enabled items to be made at a lower cost. This enabled a wider variety of cufflinks to be manufactured. Chains were replaced with rods and fasteners with easy-to-close clips. Shirt makers, eager to sell a larger quantity of higher priced dress shirts caught on to the cuff link frenzy and expanded their lines of formal dress shirts to include cufflink-ready attire. Sales boomed and men flaunted their personalities as they sported their new look with cufflinks and matching stud sets.

During the nineteenth century, businessmen of varying classes began wearing cufflinks and stud sets for more casual wear, expanding beyond the traditional gala or evening event. Prices came down and cuff links were now affordable to the average middle-class gentleman.

In the late twentieth century, the cuff links industry had a low period when shirt manufacturers began mass-producing dress and tuxedo shirts with buttons on the cuffs. But that didn’t discourage the big jewelry companies, like Tiffany and Cartier. Cufflinks and stud sets were here to stay.

The cufflink has grown into a popular fashion statement for both men and women alike. Today, cufflinks can be found in any shape or style for all types of dress.

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Accessories

14ct San Art & Bead Pendant with Hand Crafted Chain

Necklace Size:
Pendant Width: 3/4 inch
Pendant Length: 2 3/4 inch
Length: 17 1/2 inch
Weight: 19.3 grams



Hand Crafted in South Africa

This necklace was hand made in Johannesburg by a jeweler who grew up in Soweto, after studying the art of jewelry making, he then decided to combine the modern mediums with ancient African mediums; the result is a unique and beautiful piece of jewelry.

This necklace is hand crafted, made up of 14ct gold and red and blue African glass beads, mixed with small 14ct gold beads. Each link is hand made and then strung with the glass and gold beads.

This necklace is made up of a gold medallion that is boomerang shaped with Bushman San art cut out of the pendant, along the top of the pendant are red and blue beads that have been strung in the pendant. The necklace closes with a lobster claw clasp.

About African Jewelry.

Owning a piece of African jewelry is more than owning a piece of jewelry its possessing a world of culture and history in its own beautiful form. Even though there is history and meaning behind each piece, it’s the art in the jewelry that grabs the attention of most collectors.

African jewelry is an ancient and time honored art form that reflects the art of African heritage, culture and history. There are several artistic, religious, spiritual and cultural elements of African heritage visible in each uniquely crafted piece of jewelry.

Around the turn of the 10th century, when bronze work was common, crafting these pieces became more intricate. Bronze pieces were normally decorated with ivory or precious stones and several of these pieces were identified with royalty. Beads have also played a very important role in African culture and can be seen today in many of the beautiful pieces of jewelry created by the skilled craftsmen who make them.

Modern African pieces still remain true to the same historic values and meanings of the past. These values represent different elements of African culture and reveal the importance of each piece of jewelry, which in turn makes them so special to collectors and art lovers everywhere.

The history and meaning of each piece of jewelry is unique. It is said that owning one of these pieces provides hope, wisdom and well-being to its owner. So start your own ‘art’ collection today.

About the Bushmen.

When 4000 years ago nomads came into contact with the much longer established hunter-gatherers of Southern Africa, they called them San meaning food gatherers. In the 17th century the Dutch colonized the Cape of Good Hope and called the hunter-gatherers of the plains “Boschjemannen” which translates to Bushmen. Bushmen are the longest surviving tribe of Southern Africa they are descendents of the Stone Age people.

About Rock Art.

The Europeans who first saw the Rock Art were fascinated but dismissive of their importance. Now days the true value and meaning of their art is being deciphered and appreciated., their art not only shows actual events that happened but are messages full of intricate and complex nuances in the symbols, metaphors and religious meaning.

About African Beadwork.

Beadwork is one of the most compelling art traditions in Africa. Artists must carefully consider the materials, colors, textures, shapes, and sizes of the beads to choose those that compliment or contrast with one another. A single-colored or multi-colored bead of fine workmanship may have as great a visual impact as many beads strung together or embroidered on a cloth.

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