Victorian Sterling & Cut Steel Hoop Earrings
Cut Steel is polished steel faceted studs riveted to a steel backing to fashion jewelry, ornaments and buttons. Motifs varied from the simple to the sublime, with multiple layers and densely packed studs. Designs could be enhanced by the use of varying sized studs and each stud could have up to 15 facets. Popular throughout the Georgian and Victorian eras, in general the finer and older the piece, the more facets the studs will have. Made in both England and Europe, this style of jewelry fell out of favor by the turn of the 19th century, but continues to be very collectable with Victorian jewelry collectors!
A wonderful example of cut steel from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Each of these lovely earrings hang from a sterling silver wire which attaches to a flat silver disk. A convex, leaf shape attaches to the silver disk and is encrusted with faceted cut steel. A free-swinging hoop attaches to a ring on the silver disk which is hidden behind the cut steel leaf. The free moving hoop is also covered with faceted cut steel. All of the cut steel is riveted on a brass back. These fabulous earrings would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The earrings hang approximately 1" long, are a little less than 3/4" wide and have a depth of 1/4".
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to any of the steel rivets, the brass backing or to the wires.