French jet cufflinks with vermeil links

French jet 2

Jet (from the Latin gagates, stone of Gages) is an organic mineral formed when extreme oceanic pressure is applied to decaying wood. 

Although Jet is the most durable of all charcoals, it still remains relatively fragile. After the death of King Alfred in Victorian England, Jet became so sought after that it was commonly replaced by a black glass substitute named French Jet which was notably worn by Queen Victoria as part of her mourning dress. 

A material used in mourning dress up until the 1930’s, faceted Jet quickly became a symbol of glamour due to its lustre and sparkle. 

TTC510,00 €HT425,00 €
Délais de livraison: 
10 days - Fedex (Standard shipment : France : 10€ / EU : 15€ / outside the EU : 25€)
French Jet cabochons
vermeil links (5 microns)
cufflinks, handmade in Paris
diameter 11mm
Canapé (vert)

During the opening sequence of each episode of the Simpson’s, the family’s brown sofa reveals the creative comic potential of this ingenious series. Le canapé vert (1944) is an oil painting by Belgian Surrealist Paul Delvaux, who presents his famous green seat surrounded by female nudes before an Acropolian landscape. Samuel Gassmann’s sofa is also green, conducive to contemplation, siestas and new horizons. Far from being an interchangeable element of the décor, the sofa is a centrepiece and perhaps even a creative stimulant. 


“My great grandmother, Selma Gassmann, was the first female radiologist in Germany. When my father talked about her, he would tell me stories of chemical cuisine, family meals, of research and endless questioning. He went on to create the largest professional photographic laboratory in Europe, Pictorial Service, in 1951. My childhood memories by his side consist of long discussions concerning the right paper for the right photo, the right tint for the perfect outcome, the right timing for the right contrast… Each photo was the beginning of new research. Not a day goes by when I don’t look for a new perspective on my work, new materials to use or even new tools to invent.” Samuel Gassmann

Lois somptuaires

A dress code of yester year, sumptuary laws symbolically marked the principles of the wardrobe. Certain outfits were reserved for specific social groups: regulations controlled the length of trains and the quantity of ribbons, embroidery and braids subjecting the newly moneyed bourgeoisie to the strictest moderation and preserving the noble classes superiority.