Dating to c.1790-1800, these blued and cut steel earrings are as rare as the proverbial hen's teeth, and are oh-so-lovely on the ear!
Measuring 1 3/4" long x 3/8" at their widest points, these earrings have made it though 220+ years in 100% intact, all-original condition, and are rarely-seen examples of blued steel jewelry! The tops of the earrings are comprised of a rosette of cut steel studs riveted to a small steel backplate, and retain their original 9k gold ear wires (gold unmarked but tested)
Descending beneath are square steel beads set atop elongated drops of blued steel. Bluing was most commonly used from c.1700 onwards by gun manufacturers, gunsmiths, and gun owners to improve the cosmetic appearance of and provide a measure of corrosion resistance to their firearms. It is named after the blue-black appearance of the resulting protective finish; during the grand era of Georgian cut steel (c.1760-1800), this almost mirror-like finish was also utilized in ladies' jewelry to add color and dimension. Like all steel jewelry, it was subject to rust, and very little has survived on the open market today.
As the vast majority of Georgian cut steel jewelry had little intrinsic value, it was usually discarded when it fell from fashion at the end of the era (c.1830). This is the first example of Georgian blued steel jewelry I have acquired in over 15 years; one rarely finds it outside of reference books! Cut steel rosettes and drops are framed in a fine border of polished steel, and the the drops display the wonderful, deep blue-black finish to the fronts and backs which has remained undisturbed for over two centuries. JUST OUTSTANDING!
These earring have clearly been handled with great care over the past eight or nine generations; they are 100% intact, without losses, rust, or repairs. There is one tiny scratch at the 7:00 position on one of the drops; it is invisible when the earrings are worn, and does not detract from the rarity or value of these historic earrings, but I have set my price with this acceptable bit of wear in mind. Perhaps best of all, these earrings look just as lovely worn by a 21st-century lady as they did when they first graced the ears of a lady of fashion in the 1790s! I love that these earrings can be dressed up or down depending on your other jewelry; these beauties look great worn with anything from blue jeans to a cocktail dress!
Weighing in at 6.39 grams for the pair, these earrings are so very wearable; they will never go out of style, and what a history! If you collect the rare and fabulous in Georgian jewelry, these earrings belong in your collection! They would also make a stellar holiday gift for any lady fond of the rarest in Georgian jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this scarce example; I do not expect to find another pair, up to 30-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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