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 bell shaped topper. A large, fanned link hangs from the simple surmount, giving the earrings a wonderful and drammatic design. The larger link has an ornate design with scalloped lines, cutouts in the center and a surface covered in small faceted cut steel pieces. All of the cut steel is riveted onto the sterling back. These fabulous earrings would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The earrings hang approximately 2" long and are 1" at its widest point.
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 sterling backing or to the wires.