Victorian Extra Long Cut Steel Bead Necklace 106"
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.
This beautiful necklace from the mid-Victorian era (ca1870) is a wonderful example of cut steel jewelry! Simple yet stylish, the necklace is comprised of a single strand of delicate cut steel beads! Extremely generous in length, the necklace measures 106" long and can be easily doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled when worn for a stylish multi-strand appearance. Each individual cut steel bead varies slightly in size and shape and has an attractive raw cut appearance. When worn, the light catches perfectly on the faceted steel beads, giving them a gorgeous metallic sparkle! The beads are hand strung on black thread and slip easily on and off overhead. A versatile everyday piece, this beautiful necklace would compliment any sense of style!
Measurements: The necklace measures 106" long. Each cut steel bead varies slightly in size, measuring approximately 1-2mm on average.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the cut steel beads or to the stringing, which is secure.