Victorian Unusual Cut Steel Chandelier 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 artistic earrings are a remarkable example of cut steel jewelry from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Particularly large in size, they display wonderful craftsmanship and have a very decorative, dramatic look. Each earring is comprised of 5 strands of hanging cut steel beads that are strung into a tassel-like design. The five strands form an ornate chandelier-insipired shape that has quite a striking appearance! Interspersed within the cut steel beads are coiled wirework beads that give an interesting texture to the design. At the top of each earring is a cut steel cluster that forms the topper, which is attached to a simple earring wire. A simply exceptional pair of Victorian earrings, they would make a special statement piece for the modern day woman!
Measurements: The earrings hang 3" long and measure approximately 1" across at the widest point.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the faceted cut steel beads, which are intact and securely strung. The earring wires are secure and in good condition.