These Victorian earrings are cut steel. Steel jewelry is not to be confused with marcasite, which is iron pyrite. Cut steel jewelry is actually tiny nails or studs that are faceted and painstakingly set on a metal base plate, and attached by rivets. Extremely time consuming, as each stud is set in such a way as to maximize the refection of light.
The result is distinctive, as this process creates a mellow, brilliant steel grey hue unmatched by other stones., These hang perfectly and have had new 14 karat gold ear wires attached. The pattern is quite lovely and refined, easily lending these to day or evening wear. They are especially dramatic in the light of evening
They measure 1 1/2 inches long from the top of the wire X 3/4 inches across. Condition is excellent, as the steel is bright and reflective.
England, circa 1880
***Please note that all items listed as silver or gold are either marked (in which case the mark will be shown) or or have been acid tested by me to verify their metal content,