Dating to c.1800-1820, these dazzling, Regency-era cut steel earrings are rare for having both riveted and solid steel elements, and are oh-so-glamorous on the ear!
Measuring a perfectly-proportioned 1 3/4" from the tops of their ear wires x 1" wide, I was thrilled to discover this rare pair of jewels! Most cut steel earrings have been converted from Georgian or Victorian buttons, but these jewels are all-original, right down to their solid, faceted steel drops! The tops of the earrings are set with dozens of rounds and diamond-shaped studs in a pinwheel design. In earrings of this era, the reverse of these pinwheels have been appropriately backed with Bath metal (the silver substitute equivalent to pinchbeck, first used in the 1770s). In buttons of this era, the studs are universally exposed on the reverse, but the Georgians ensured that the backs of their jewelry was always as elegant as the front. This is another clue that these jewels have always been earrings!
Descending from the pinwheels are two urn-shaped, faceted steel drops, which dance with every turn of the head, and add extra dimension and glitter to these impressive earrings! Even the sterling silver-grade ear wires appear original, as there is no evidence of lead solder, but they may be replacements. Weighing in at just 6.13 grams, these earrings are super-comfortable on the ear. Best of all, they are free from rust or damage, and have made it into the 21st-century in as fine a condition as the most discerning collector could hope for, with no missing studs or repairs!
Simply the finest cut steel earrings I have offered in my shop in many a season, these jewels look smashing worn with anything from a business suit to a ball gown, and will take you from the office to the theater in high Regency style! They would also make a stellar gift for any lady fond of the best in Georgian cut steel jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss these beauties; up to 45-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
Your Specialists in Fine Jewelry and Decorative Arts from Antiquity - 1900. Est. 1987.
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