Rose of the western cap

In 1989, the Washington Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species prohibited ivory trading in response to the record drop in elephant populations from 2 million to only 286,000 in only 30 years.

Reusing original materials such as antique ivory is an act of communicating the importance of current day conservation and preservation issues. 

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antique ivory rose cabochons
silvered brass clasp and silver support
pin's, handmade in Paris limited to one hundred pieces

Decoration is surprisingly fickle. It can be described as a useless ornament or a temporary adornment as well as an honorary distinction pinned onto a lapel in recognition of personal merit on behalf of the nation. Decoration is both a fruitless activity and minor victory symbol. Samuel Gassmann’s cufflinks (or decorations) like to lay claim to both of these aspects; they veer between the ceremonial and the useless.  


“They had to shoot the elephant that had become too dangerous. It would hunt down men in the Savannah and crush their skulls then sculpt little figurines out of their molars (they were rather pretty, but it doesn’t excuse such cruelty)” L’autofictif Blog, n° 1590, Eric Chevillard, 26th May 2012

This fictional extract perfectly represents the guilt that we harbour towards ivory. A long time ago, the trade was part of an authorised patrimony, producing knick-knacks and cultural objects, until it became a forbidden material. Liking ivory is no longer acceptable. On the other hand, using existing pieces to decorate cufflinks allows the beauty of this material to be appreciated once more without slaughtering the protected animal that created it.