Cut steel jewellery has been popular since Elizabethan times - hitting a peak in the 1700s, and again between 1850 and 1880 when the english nation fell head over heels in love with it (especially as it was made available to all classes of the nation.) It is very desirable and collectible today, becoming harder and harder to find original pieces in such a great quality as the earrings we have here. This particular pair were made around 1850 in England.
The steel has been cleverly faceted and polished into tiny beads and strung together to effectively capture and reflect passing light. They really do go mad by incandescent lighting! Some of the beads have been strung to cover a metal ball and held in place with spring like contraptions, incredible. The overall shape of these earrings is so beautiful and different - and they look fantastic on. The earring hooks are a later replacement and are made of 14 carat yellow gold (hallmarked '14KGF') - this often the case due to the age. Each earring measures a super 3.18 x 0.51 x 0.43 inches (L x W x D) with the hook and together weigh 8.6g. Apart from the change of earring top they are in superb condition. It is a good idea to keep them in a dry place so that there is no chance of rust formation.
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Early Victorian Cut Steel Earrings Circa 1850