Large, beautifully designed, gold cufflinks with amethysts by Art Smith; each is about 1-1/8" x 7/8"; constructed in two layers so the amethyst cabochons float in between; has typical Art Smith patination on parts of the gold; findings are marked "14K" and cufflinks are marked "Art Smith" (in script); cufflinks come from a private New York collection of a couple who purchased these and other pieces directly from Smith; fine condition.

It is rare to find gold cufflinks by Art Smith and the design of this pair rivals any I've seen by Smith or by any other jewelers of note.

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Art Smith (1917-1982) was a New York silversmith who's African American heritage influenced his sculptural jewelry forms.  More than any other modernist jeweler of his day, Art Smith was concerned with ornamenting the human form.  His primitive-inspired, biomorphic constructions can only be truly understood in relation to the body. "A piece of jewelry, he said, "is a whatisit? until you relate it to the body...Like line, form and color, the body is a material to work with. It is one of the basic inspirations in creating form...(the question is) not how do bracelets go, but what can be done with an arm?"

Information from my book, Modernist Jewelry, The Wearable Art Movement.