Bi-Coloured Diamond & Sapphire Dress Buttons/Cufflinks

An elegant set of French bi-coloured diamond and sapphire dress buttons/cufflinks by Marzo & Laillet c.1915, each of the six matching buttons finely handcrafted in 18ct yellow gold and inlaid to the front with a circular panel of platinum with a textured woven pattern centred with an old-cut diamond, within a narrow surround of calibre cut sapphires, in original fitted box with a pair of gold cufflink fittings and six gilt metal button backs concealed beneath the buttons.

Further Details

Gemstones and Other Materials6 x old cut diamonds estimated to weigh a combined total of approximately 0.2cts 180 x calibre cut sapphires estimated to weigh a combined total of approxinately 2cts
Condition ReportVery fine
Setting18ct gold and platinum with French marks
Weight description14.5 grams
DimensionsEach button 14mm diameter

Directors Notes

Jewellers Lorenzo Marzo & Eugène Laillet entered into a partnership in 1911. They were based at 22 rue de la Paix in Paris but also had premises in Biarritz. They seperated in 1915 with Marzo remaining at no.22 and Laillet moving to no.5 rue de la Paix.


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Lorenzo Marzo was a jeweller of Spanish origin who worked for his uncle’s silversmithing business in Madrid before moving to Paris where he established his own jewellers.  He registered his maker’s mark on July 6th 1901 and gave his address as 207, rue Saint-Honoré although later the firm moved to 22 Rue de la Paix and also opened stores in Biarritz and Madrid. They sold a range of jewels in keeping with contemporary fashions and style. Existing pieces such as a delicate seed pearl and diamond Belle Époque bow brooch and a stunning emerald and diamond tiara show us that Marzo were competing at the top end of the jewellery market. 

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