Deakin & Francis have been producing beautiful gold cufflinks for more than a century, none more so than our extensive range of designs in Hand-Painted Rock Crystal.
The art of hand painting rock crystal is hundreds of years old, and is a highly skilled profession, often referred to as Essex Crystals, after William Essex.
Starting with a piece of rock crystal the craftsman will deeply engrave a three dimensional image inside the stone. Upon creating the two or four sides of the cufflink set, he will then start the painting process.
Oil paint is then applied inside the image by hand, using traditional paintbrushes. Because the artist is painting in reverse (i.e. highlights first) and on such a minute scale, it is necessary to allow days of drying between each application of colour to create an incredibly small and crisp image.
Each painting is original as they are not only hand carved but also hand painted by the same artist. Animals are a very popular choice with painters able to produce good likenesses of pets. Novelty, sporting and of course the classic “Road to Ruin” are also featured in our range.
Upon completion we back the rock crystal with a piece of Mother of Pearl and mount it in 18ct Yellow or White Gold.
The effect is amazing, showing a full colour three-dimensional image whichever way you look into the crystal.
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