Victorian Cut Steel Festoon Style Necklace 17"
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!
This fabulous necklace is a wonderful example of cut steel jewelry from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This beautiful piece features a relatively large round cut steel pendant at the center of a festoon style necklace. Faceted cut steel studs encrust the entire surface of the slightly convex shaped pendant, beautifully reflecting the light with every turn. Four crescent moon shaped links rest on either side of the pendant, each one adorned with more cut steel studs, along with 3 larger star shaped studs, adding a perfect compliment to the celestial design. The links drape beautifully along the neckline, creating an incredible eye catching festoon style necklace. All of the studs are riveted into the back of each link, which hang at the center of a double-strand base metal link chain which fastens in the back with a spring ring clasp. One of the strands is slightly longer than the other, which adds to the lovely draped effect of the design, and the darkened color of the chain is a perfect compliment to the polished steel studs. This fabulous necklace looks exquisite when worn and would make a wonderful Victorian addition to any collection!
Measurements: The necklace measures approximately 17" in length. The pendant measures about 1 1/4" in diameter, and is 1/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to any of the cut steel rivets, base metal chain, and the spring ring clasp is secure and in good working condition.