Cut steel jewelry originated in England in the 17th century and subsequently spread throughout Europe, eventually becoming a popular style of jewelry worn by members of high society during the Victorian era. Made of polished faceted steel studs, the pieces were cut by hand and then assembled and riveted onto a metal back. The faceted steel elements give this type of jewelry a subtle, metallic glitter that resembles cut gemstones. Motifs varied from the simple to the sublime, with multiple layers and densely packed studs. The time-consuming process and the artistry required to create cut steel jewelry made it very valuable and highly sought-after during the Victorian age, particularly to wear during the stage of "secondary mourning." Produced up until the turn of the 19th century, antique cut steel jewelry is now highly collectible.
These fantastic earrings are a unique and artistic example of cut steel jewelry from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Particularly large in size, they display wonderful craftsmanship and have and an interesting design that is reminiscent of hanging leaves or flower petals. Each earring begins with a round clustered cut steel topper attached to a simple wire. Branching out below are three elongated framed diamond shapes made of brass. The shapes have open centers with complimentary cut steel diamonds filling the inside of each. The contrast between the brass setting and the cut steel studs is very eye catching and the earrings look absolutely fantastic on. Artistic and unusual, they would make a fabulous addition to any jewelry collection!
Measurements: The earrings hang approximately 2 1/2" long, are slightly less than 1 1/2" at their widest point and 1/16" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the brass setting or earring wires, and all of the faceted cut steel studs are intact and in good condition.