Cut steel earrings in their original form and in excellent condition, are so difficult to find. These are designed with a top cut steel cluster, attached to a faceted steel bale, which connects to a very detailed, beautiful flower. The central flower is surrounded by a circle of cut steel, which not only frames it, but adds an illusion of movement. Each faceted piece of steel is connected to a metal backplate with a rivet. This is very time consuming work done entirely by hand. This polished, faceted steel is not to be confused with modern day marcasites, which are iron pyrite. They are especially beautiful in the glow of evening, as they have a distinctive gray hue that shimmers and reflects light with every movement.
These measure 1.5 inches from the top of the wire x 1 inch across the bottom. They are a fine example, are highly reflective and hang gracefully from the ears.
England, circa 1840
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