If you are looking for the ultimate sparkle without spending a fortune on diamonds, nothing is more effective than cut steel. The demand for cut steel jewelry grew in the late 1700s in both England and France. It remains a popular collection for those interested in "secondary" jewelry.
The manufacture of cut steel jewelry was difficult and time consuming. the labor market was made up of mostly women because they were considered "cheap" labor. The steel studs were individually faceted and mounted on a base plate in a way that the gems would catch as much light as possible. Early pieces were heavier in weight due to the density of the studs and the type of base plate used.
This pair of earrings shows the use of cut steel shapes of various giving the desired impressive effect. The ear wires were a later replacement. Luckily the earrings are free of rust which could destroy the quality of the pieces. The earrings weigh 20.9 grams and measure 2 1/2 inches in length and are 1 1/4 inch at the widest point.
We have found the best way to keep cut steel pieces free of rust is to store them in a box lind with a sprinkle of powder to absorb any moisture. this pair has not had any special cleaning.
There are no marks which is typical, but they are likely to be of French origin. We have been collecting and selling cut steel jewelry for many years and happily offer these gems for your pleasure.
Striking Antique Cut Steel Earrings
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