Victorian 14kt Cut Steel Double Hoop Earrings
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 gorgeous earrings are an elegant example of cut steel jewelry from the Victorian (ca1880) era! The earrings hang from 14kt yellow gold wires and dangle with lovely movement. Attached to the wire is an elongated loop, which is lined with cut steel and holds two hoops that graduate in size. Each free-swinging hoop is encrusted with additional faceted cut steel studs, displaying a mesmerizing sparkle as they catch the light. The delicate cut steel studs vary in size and shape and each is riveted onto a metal back, which reveals the handmade workmanship on the reverse side of the piece. These fabulous Victorian earrings blend perfectly into modern day fashion and would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The earrings hang approximately 1 1/4" long, are 7/8" in diameter and are about 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the metal base or gold earring wires. All of the faceted cut steel studs are intact and securely attached.