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 and unusual example of cut steel from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Each of these lovely earrings hangs from a sterling silver wire, which attaches to an open caged sphere. Attached to the sphere by a cut steel link, is larger open sphere which carries the same geometric design. Within each cages frame is a beautiful "pearl", which adds softness to the earrings. All of the cut steel is riveted onto a silver back. These unique earrings would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The earrings hang approximately 1 1/2" long from top to bottom. The smaller cut steel sphere has a diameter of 3/8", while the larger sphere has a diameter of 1/2".
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal wear, there is no serious damage to any of the steel rivets or the silver backing.